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This month we look at how to use the CD-ROM to explore
vocabulary related to celebrations. In addition to extending vocabulary
the activities will also help with practising valuable dictionary skills.
1 Finding words relating to celebration
Using SmartSearch is the easiest way to find words
relating to celebrating and celebrations in the dictionary. The following
search will work on both MED and the Essential CD-ROMs,
although the Essential will return fewer results.
Type in celebrat* into the SmartSearch box.
Select More search options and tick Definitions.
This will look for definitions containing any word beginning
with 'celebrat…' celebration, celebrates, celebrated
etc. In MED this gives you 122 results.
Write the following
list of words taken from the SmartSearch results onto the
Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes' Night
The Notting Hill Carnival
New Year's Eve
to discuss what they already know about these celebrations/festivals
in small groups, for example what country they happen in, or if
these celebrations exist in the students' own country.
Then give students
the following handout and get them to match celebrations with the
||Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes' Night
||the evening of 31st December, when
many people celebrate with their family or friends by staying
awake until midnight
||in the US, the day of 14th June
when people celebrate the day a flag was chosen for the country
||in Scotland, the evening of 31st
December and the celebrations that happen at that time
||in the US, the 4th of July, a national
holiday to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence
||in the US, the fourth Thursday
in November, and in Canada, the second Monday in October, when
families have a special meal, traditionally to celebrate all
the things that they are grateful for
||a celebration that takes place
every August on the streets of Notting Hill, London
||The Notting Hill Carnival
||the night of 5th November, when
British people have bonfires and light fireworks to celebrate
the day in 1605 when Guy Fawkes was stopped before he was able
to destroy the Houses of Parliament
||January 25, the birth date of the
Scottish poet Robert Burns, that Scottish people celebrate by
having parties where they eat traditional Scottish food, especially
Hand out the
list of words below. Ask students to organise the words into the
||Verbs relating to celebration
||Items you might bring to a celebration
||Events and types of celebration
complete their result in the form of a mind map. Encourage students
to look up words they don't know in their dictionaries.
If your students
have access to the CD-ROM, give them the activity on screen.
Students can highlight a word to find the definition. Make
sure the dictionary is in QuickSearch mode and Automatic
lookup froxm screen is checked. This setting can be found
by clicking on Options in the menu bar.
3 Follow up activity
Get students to select five or six words and base questions
on them. Students can mingle and ask each other questions such as:
Have you ever been on a stag night?
When did you last drink champagne?
What was the occasion?