CPE word formation brainstorming games

Cambridge Proficiency Use of English Part Three

with real answers from Cambridge Proficiency Examination Papers 1

Work in teams of at least two people. With your pens down, choose one of the words below that you want to brainstorm other parts of speech to, e.g. “global”, “globally”, “globalism”, “globalised”, “globalisation” and “anti-globalist” for the word “globe”. The other teams will do the same, with the first team to shout out one of the words getting first choice.

When your teacher says “Go”, pick up your pen and write down as many as you can in exactly one minute, then put your pens down again and check your answers with the other team. You will get one point for each correct word but lose one point if another team challenges you and the word is wrong in some way. If they challenge you but your word is correct, you get an extra point.

add

assume

botany

certain

compare

complex

credible

cycle

diagnose

disaster

distant

drink

emit

environs

expect

finite

lead

like

molecule

necessary

ordinary

pair

please

politics

repeat

reveal

sequence

side

signify

sleep

speculate

virtue

After you finish the game, ask about any words above which you can’t think of how to change at all.

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Play the same game, but this time thinking of as many words as you can that go with one of the prefixes or suffixes below of your choice. The thing you add must be an actual word (so you can’t add “un” to “less” to make “unless”), but you can change the word to make it fit with the affix, e.g. dropping the “e” to go from “scope” to “microscopic”.  

able

ancy

ant

ar

ation

ces

con

down

edly

ened

extra

ians

icance

ily

im

in

ing

is

ists

ities

itionally

ive

less

mentally

mis

ous

ptions

re

ssions

ty

un

y

After you finish the game, ask about any affixes above which you can’t think of how to use.

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CPE Use of English Part Three word formation brainstorming games

with real answers from Cambridge Proficiency Examination Papers 2

Work in teams of at least two people. With your pens down, choose one of the words below that you want to brainstorm other parts of speech to, e.g. “global”, “globally”, “globalism”, “globalised”, “globalisation” and “anti-globalist” for the word “globe”. The other teams will do the same, with the first team to shout out one of the words getting first choice.

When your teacher says “Go”, pick up your pen and write down as many as you can in exactly one minute, then put your pens down again and check your answers with the other team. You will get one point for each correct word but lose one point if another team challenges you and the word is wrong in some way. If they challenge you but your word is correct, they lose a point.

advantage

attach

bed

coming

compare

condition

counter

critic

danger

deep

democracy

deny

emit

evolve

find

help

imagine

in

initiate

instinct

just

numerate

pervade

refer

reveal

revolve

revolve

sign

signify

specify

stand

voluntary

After you finish the game, ask about any words above which you can’t think of how to change at all.

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Play the same game, but this time thinking of as many words as you can that go with one of the prefixes or suffixes below of your choice. The thing you add must be an actual word (so you can’t add “un” to “less” to make “unless”), but you can change the word to make it fit with the affix, e.g. dropping the “e” to go from “scope” to “microscopic”

able

ance

ally

ary

ations

atively

em

en

ence

iable

ically

icantly

ice

ily

in

ings

ise/ize

ive

ively

lessness

ment

ner

ous

out

short

sive

ssions

ths

tised/ tized

un

After you finish the game, ask about any affixes above which you can’t think of how to use.

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