Saturday, May 25, 2024

Word play

Are you teaching English to school children aged between 13 and 18 (in the US and UK; 16 to 18 elsewhere)? If so, you might be interested in The New York TimesVocabulary Challenges. 

Every month there’s a different challenge for English language learners anywhere in the world. Students can submit their entry – or you can simply use the challenges as incentives to learning – and winners might see their work published by the newspaper.

February’s challenge is to come up with a made-up English word. Students can work alone, in pairs, groups or as a whole class. There are a few rules – it must be an entirely new word, though can be a portmanteau of two existing words; you must give its meaning and use it in an example sentence; and, finally, you need to say why this word would be a useful addition to the lexicon. All entries must be submitted by 23.59 on February 28th Pacific time. The winning word will be published as The New York Times’ word of the day on 1 April, April fool’s day.

Suguk (such good luck) to all!

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Liz Granirer
Liz Granirer
Liz has been a journalist for many years. She is currently editor of EL Gazette and has previously edited the magazines Young Performer, StepForward and Accounting Technician; been deputy editor on Right Start magazine; chief sub editor on Country Homes & Interiors; and sub editor on easyJet Traveller, Lonely Planet and Family Traveller magazines, along with a number of others.
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