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As the Language Study article
on writing and text types points out, students need a wide range of vocabulary,
particularly adjectives for describing people and places. To help students
expand their vocabulary, The Macmillan Essential Dictionary has
vocabulary notes containing information on word families. This month we
look at how these notes can be used to create activities that broaden
your students' vocabulary as well as practice what they have learned.
Finding Word families in
the Macmillan Essential Dictionary
Using SmartSearch, select the following options:
Part of speech > adjectives
Vocabulary notes: Word Family
This will give you 8 adjectives containing extra information
on word families. The word family can be accessed by clicking on the box
on the right. Here is the Word Family box for correct.
Create a wordlist
by selecting Edit and Add to wordlist to the right
of the Search Results panel.
You can then run
activities from this wordlist as a revision exercise.
You can copy the information in the Word Family boxes
by selecting Edit and Copy. If you copy and paste the example
sentences for each member of the word family, you can use this to create
worksheets for your class.
||Discuss word families, e.g. what words belong
to the same word family.
Think of as many words as you know that belong
to the word family of the words in the box below. Check your
answers in the dictionary.
Complete the sentences with the correct form
of the word in brackets.
able I'd love to be able to sing like you.
disability The project is aimed at children with
learning disabilities. (able)
|I want you to give me an ______ answer.
|This will ______ users to conduct
live video conversations. (able)
|His contract ______ states that he
cannot leave before next year. (clear)
|______ aid organizations are appealing
for donations from western governments. (nation)
|I read the report and made a few small
|On Saturdays, there's always lots
of ______ in the streets. (active)
|She was trying to do her job ______
and fairly. (honest)
|Tiredness can affect your ______ to
|We want government to serve the whole
|The policy had caused thousands of
families ______ suffering. (necessary)
|The first person to give the ______
answer wins the contest. (correct)
|Rose is still ______ at the age of
|There may be as many as 20 different
______ in a school. (nation)
|I don't want to be disturbed unless
it's absolutely ______. (necessary)
|Some of the children were ______ to
|She guessed my age ______. (correct)
|She is a woman of ______ and integrity.
|Our customers will not ______ understand
why we are raising our prices. (necessary)
|What I'm saying is ______ my own point
of view. (pure)
As a follow up, create a wordlist containing all the words
that feature in the list of answers. You can use this wordlist as a basis
for activities such as Scrambled Words or Definitions. For
more information on creating wordlists and using the Activities feature
in the Macmillan Essential Dictionary, see the Top Tips column
in Issue 12.