The learner can consolidate new vocabulary.
- Paper and pens
- Newspapers, magazines
- Divide the group into pairs.
- Explain the term ‘internationalisms’: an internationalism or international word is a loanword that occurs in several languages, with the same or at least similar meaning and etymology. The advantage of internationalisms is that they are words already known by the learners.
- Give and ask for examples: OK, ball, coach, tennis, halal, yoga, transport, tsunami, hotel, radio, police, smartphone…
- Ask each pair to find internationalisms, in a newspaper, magazine, on signs or posters in the room, on packages, bottles…
Discuss the internationalisms together.
Make the exercise competitive: the pair who comes up with the most words, wins.
Tips for the instructor
For advanced learners: internationalisms are a good introduction to analyze affixes (prefixes and suffixes), e.g. ‘tele’ means ‘far’; ‘re’ indicates repetition, ‘anti’ means ‘against’…
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