This lesson is designed around Words a beautiful and intelligent short film made by Will Hoffman and Daniel Mercadante for Everynone which plays a game of word association while barely using any spoken language. The lesson practises a lot of vocabulary through collocation and word association, and uses the online graphical dictionary Visuwords.
Language level: Upper-intermediate (B2.1) - Advanced (C1)
Learner type: Teens and adults
Time: 90 minutes
Activity: Watching a short film, vocabulary activities and writing
Topic: Word association
Language: Word association and collocation
Materials: Short film and vocabulary worksheet
Write play on the board and ask your students to work in small groups and to come up with as many meanings and collocations as they can for the word both as a verb and a noun in 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes get feedback from each group, and write up the words in the form of a concept map.
Here’s an example of a very simple mind map.
Show students this short video on Visuwords an online graphical dictionary which is great for showing the relationship between words.
Then go to the visual dictionary Visuwords , enter play and look at the results and compare them with your concept map.
Give each group one or two of the following words depending on the number of students you have:
blow, break, split, run, fly, fall, light, space
Ask them to do the same as they did in Step 1: come up with as many meaning and collocations for the word, and to create a concept map to show the relationship between the words.
Get feedback from your students. Ask one member of each group to present their concept map to the rest of the class.
Tell your students they are going to watch a film called Words which plays a game of word association using the 9 words they’ve been working on in class while barely using any spoken language.
Show them the film, and ask them to look for any of the meanings and collocations which they came up with in steps 1 and 4.
Get feedback from you students. Show them the film for a second time and see if they get any more meanings and collocations.
Give your students the words association worksheet tell them to try and match the words. Next watch the film again and check the answers on the second and third pages.
Give your students these links to help them improve their vocabulary learning:
Lingro is the best online dictionary I’ve seen, just enter a website address to make all the words on that page clickable and get a definition.
Just The Word a great site for students who want to improve their use of collocation.
Snappy Words an online visual dictionary similar to Visuwords.
Knoword ia a great site for advanced students who want to broaden their vocabulary in a fun way.
I hope you enjoy the lesson.