How to write good definitions

Kisdobos 2012-11-02 17:52:01
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I've been practising how to define words in English. I've just realized that I always just help kids out with any word they might not know. However, this way is the easy way out. They won't always have me by their side. They need to be able to get around a word they can't think of in English. Instead of getting stuck and racking their brains in vain to recall the word, they had better explain what they mean, i.e. define the word.

This, I realize, is easier said than done. So I collected a bunch of weak attempts by my students to define some easy words. In this powerpoint I showed them how a bad definition could be ambiguous, and what they need to do to make them better. You can show the first few solutions, and when they get the hang of it, just let them improve the definitions by themselves.

Make them realize a definition is typically made up of

a category (with or without an adjective)
and the use of the object or more details about what makes it different from other things in that category

Bless up,
Peter

The above printable, downloadable handout is meant for high school students, elementary school students and adults at Pre-intermediate (A2) and Intermediate (B1) level. It is aimed at teaching Relative clauses in English, and is a valuable material for developing your groups' Speaking skills. You will find the solution at the end of the worksheet.
Copyright License: This file is licensed by Kisdobos under the Creative Commons Attribution License

Upload date: 2012-11-02 17:52:01

Author: Kisdobos

Supporter member from Hungary

I am one of the co-founders of iSLCollective.com. I had taught English in many contexts, as a private tutor, then in companies, and in high schools. I am active in creating video quizzes on our video quiz platform.

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