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Linguistics - Magic Box for Word Formation

Uploaded by Sanderin van Hazebrouck, Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg (Germany)


This lesson was recorded in a university linguistics session. The trainer is preparing the learners for a linguistics exam. Since the learners are also pre-service primary and secondary school teachers, the trainer also wants to expose them to learning technologies like the IWB.

In this exerpt, the learners were practising and repeating the differnt word formation processes. The magic box helps them to reveal the word formation process of clipping.


Target language: English

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: German

Age range: 18+

Language level: C2 - Proficient

Educational context: Higher Education

IWB Features: Drag & drop, Hide & Reveal

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Grammar

IWB board used: SMART Board

Teacher comment

This task was supposed to encourage the learners to explain the word formation process of clipping and become aware of what is actually happening in this process. The other examples that were not transformed by clipping were supposed to encourage the learner at the board to explain and elaborate on the word formation process involved.

Learner comments

Learner 3:  And it is more visual or it is visualizing, because you can play the games or you can put the boxes into the special word levels.

Learner 2: Well, you can start with easy questions as for instance the clipping example - which one is clipped and which one is not clipped. This was kind of easy. And the outcomes are on the board too. Then you can see if you do it wrong or right. And the you can do even more complicated tasks, for example the trees.



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