Activities for the ESL Classroom

Topics: Suffix, Affix, Prefix Pages: 12 (2528 words) Published: September 10, 2011

Theme: Classroom texting

Level: Beginner

Objective: Practice speaking and writing

Time: 45 minutes

Skills: Writing, speaking

Background grammar: Use of relative clauses


Make a vocabulary list about movie types: romance, comedy, drama, western, science fiction, thriller, horror, animation, documentary, musical, action, adventure, fantasy.


As a warm up, write the list on the whiteboard and ask students about their most liked and disliked types of movies.

After students have identified the new vocabulary, divide the class in four groups and have them write definitions of each genre, model an example on the whiteboard:

This is a type of movie that takes place in space or somewhere in a distant future (science fiction)

Remind students to use relative clauses with the words that, which, where or who in their definitions. Each group has to come up with their own definitions. Walk around the class, supervise and offer help as needed.

This is where the texting begins: After the groups have written their definitions, make sure there is at least one cell phone for each group, in turns, a member of each group will read out a definition without giving the movie genre; the 3 remaining groups will guess the genre.

Once decided, the answer must be texted to the teacher; the first correct answer that is received by the teacher will get the point. You can do this until each group has had two turns, this will give more students the opportunity to participate. Given the case you have a dominant group or you want to untie the score, you can go another turn.

Remember to set some ground rules for a fair game, for example no one should start texting until a whole definition has been read, take into consideration that the phone service provider might play an important part regarding what message gets received first.

The use of the cell phone can be a new addition to your class and students will hopefully have fun with it, fostering some learning in the process.


Theme: Affixation

Level: Intermediate-advanced

Objective: Broaden vocabulary using prefixes and suffixes

Time: 50 minutes

Skills: Reading and writing

Background vocabulary: Words used as a base to produce new words with prefixes and suffixes

Preparation: For this class you will need two worksheets, (included at the end of lesson 2) one with prefix and suffix meanings for students to recognize and the second worksheet to practice new vocabulary.

Start your class telling students that they can greatly extend their vocabulary using affixation. Take a base word and turn it into different words by using prefixes and suffixes (eg. Harm – less = harmless, kind – ness =kindness) explain that by using affixation, nouns can become adjectives verbs can become nouns and so on.

Give your students the first worksheet with the list of prefixes and suffixes and their meanings, help them understand definitions and call attention to the spelling changes when a prefix or suffix is added to make new word.

For the second part of your class, give your students the opportunity to practice what they recently learned, hand out the second worksheet with a multiple choice quiz on suffixes and prefixes, give them a few minutes to answer alone and then compare answers with their partner. After that, check the correct answers with the whole class.

If you still have some time left, ask students to write definitions of a word with a prefix or suffix, they read the definition but don’t say the word, the rest of the class volunteers guesses. Write an example on the board:

This is something that will pose no harm or that can’t harm (harmless)

Finish your class by encouraging students to look out for affixed words in their daily reading, they mat be surprised by how many of them there are.



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