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New ways of
Using SmartSearch to examine register and domain
Tips for the CD-ROMs
This month's Top Tips column invites
you to explore issues of register and domain with your students using
the CD-ROMs. You won't need whole class access to the dictionary
these are activities you can quickly prepare using the CD-ROMs.
By searching for words according to a particular register
or domain using SmartSearch, you can create worksheets that supplement
the article on Register
elsewhere in this issue.
In the Macmillan Essential Dictionary, the following
options are listed under style in the SmartSearch dialog box:
1 Finding examples of a specific register
The following search will find examples of frequent formal
nouns in the dictionary. Click on SmartSearch, leave the search
box blank and tick the following options:
Part of speech: noun
Frequency: very high frequency/high frequency/quite high frequency
This gives you 36 results. Look through the search results
to find definitions containing example sentences. Copy and paste the example
sentences by highlighting and right-clicking the text you want to copy.
Introduce the idea of register by using the examples
from the Language Study article.
Ask students to point out the difference between the following sentences:
They found it most agreeable.
They really enjoyed themselves.
They had a ball.
formal word or phrase in the following sentences.
|We do not release the names of our customers
without their authority.
|The coach criticized his team for their conduct.
|There have been no reports of car theft to
|The seller is entitled to retain possession
of the goods until they are paid for.
|He laughed again, obviously in
a good humour.
|Several writers of note will be at the conference.
|She doesn't have the means to support herself.
|Please keep your bags with you at all times.
|The two groups are very similar with respect
|Students will take an examination at the end
of the year.
Think of a synonym
for each of the words you have underlined. If you need help, look
up the word in the dictionary.
Get students to divide
the following list into two categories: register labels and
domain labels. This will get students thinking about the
concept of register and what we mean by domain.
2 Finding examples of a specific
You can find examples of words from different domains
in much the same way as you do for register.
The list of words in the activity below was selected from
the search results created by checking Headword >Part of speech:
noun >Style: linguistics, legal and medical.
The original list contains 143 results, but you don't need to use all
You can introduce the concept of domain by discussing
the following examples from the article
on register and domain labels:
Wait. I'm short of respiration.
I'm just going to take out some liquid assets.
No, thanks. I'm having lunch in my abode.
Which domains do the following words belong to?
Arrange the words in the list below to complete the table.