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The Origins of Our Words

a vocabulary-building programme based on word origins and research

 

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The programme, collated from task sheets and transparencies developed over many years of classroom use, includes

  34 pages of ready-to-photocopy write-on worksheets (also formatted as paper-saving task sheets);

  33 pages of detailed answers; and

  A PowerPoint Presentation (CD only) on the history and development of English; also formatted for photocopying (and 22 masters for OHP transparencies if anyone still uses one).

 

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Contents

Part 1

 

Introduction

2

Answers to all task and worksheets

3 - 33

Part 2 Write-on Worksheets

 

1.         Words Named after Places

1

2.         Words Named After People

3

3.         Words from Situations and Events

5

4.         Words from Literature

7

5.         Words from Greek and Roman Mythology

9

6.         Where the Scientists Turn

12

7.         Combination

14

8.         Invention

15

9.         'Loan' Words from Foreign Languages

17

10.      'That Foreign Flavour'

19

11.      'That Foreign Flavour' 2

20

12.      Words from Ancient Languages

22

13.      Word Families

23

14.      Words From Latin

24

15.      More Latin Roots

26

16.      Still more Latin

28

17.      Greek Roots

30

Appendices

 

Old English Worksheet

32

Neologisms from the Nineties

33

Part 3 Task Sheets

 

as above

1 - 18

More Than Just Research Thinking Required!

19

Slang Today and Gone Tomorrow

21

Part 4 Background Notes

 

The Story of English - OHP transparency masters

1 16

The Story of English b&w, reduced for printing

1 10

So Where do New Words Come From? (+ OHT master)

11

How Words Change (+ OHT master)

12

The Prevalence of 'Loan' Words (+ OHT master)

13

An Historical Menu (+ OHT master)

14

Words of the Twentieth Century

15

A Bank of Loan Words into English

16

A Bank of Loan Words into English 2

18

 

 

To see sample pages a worksheet and a page from the photocopiable history of the English language - click on the link below

 

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