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Linguistics English - Word Formation - Affixes

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.

The learners revised the use of prefixes and suffixes to change a word stem. The drag and drop function in combination with an infinite cloner of the affixes encouraged the learners to swap the possibilities and led to a whole-class discussion.


Target language: English

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: German

Age range: 18+

Language level: C1 - Advanced

Educational context: Higher Education

IWB Features: Drag & drop, Other

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Grammar

IWB board used: SMART Board

Teacher comment

The possibility to add different prefixes and suffixes with the infinite cloner led to a discussion among the learners. This helps them to become aware of the different word formation processes.

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