Word origins

Any resource that looks at the origins, history or development of words.

This is a spelling/phonetics resource that could be used as a starter, differentiated activity or filler. Learners colour in the squares where the words have an /f/ sound, these words are hidden with words that are ‘gh’ but aren’t pronounced /f/. When completed the grid shows a smiley face. There are a few trap words in here which can be used for dictionary or internet search practice.

Level
GCSE L1-5
Level 2
Level 1
Entry Level 3
English
Word origins
AL Ww/L2.1 Spell technical words
Functional English - writing
AL Ww/L1.1 Spell & use spelling strategies
GCSE A6 Use a range of vocabulary & sentence structure - with accurate SPaG
AL Ww/E3.2 Use phonic knowledge to help spelling
Homophones, homographs & confusables

From one of our Australian contributors, this makes a good end of term quiz and discussion prompt re. similarities to cockney rhyming slang, informal language, etc.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
Entry Level 3
English
Word origins
AL Recognise and understand a range of words
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

A really unusual reading comprehension exercise that also tests a range of maths skills (dates, large numbers, distance, etc.). Although the general reading level is around Level1 it is based on an Australian news article about a lottery winner and contains a lot of unfamiliar Australian vocabulary. Thus it also stretches Level 2 learners. An optional glossary is provided; this includes words such as swag, Slikpik, shire and half a dozen more.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
English
Word origins
General literacy / English
Maths
General numeracy / maths
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

Challenging multiple choice quiz of vocabulary “borrowed” from other languages such as French, Greek and Italian. Words and phrases include: fait accompli, deja vu, ad hoc, bric-a-brac and many more. Makes a good warm up and could be used with small groups or individually.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
English
Word origins
AL Rw/L2.3 Vocabulary (language features, synonyms, formality)
Rw/L1.3
ESOL
ESOL Rw/L2.3a
ESOL Rw/L1.3a Recognise and understand an increasing range of vocabulary
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

A set of comprehension questions, together with vocabulary exercises, anagrams and a writing prompt.
Useful for those working towards Level 2 Certificate in Adult Literacy and anyone with an interest in word origins and English linguistics.
All based on an article from the BBC News website www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-10776581
See below for links to other Level 2 exercises.

Level
Level 2
English
Word origins
AL Rt/L1.1 Understand continuous texts
Rt/L2.3
Rt/L2.4
AL Rw/L2.3 Vocabulary (language features, synonyms, formality)
Wt/L2.2
Context
History, culture, museums, libraries

A fun text to discuss in class. Use as focus on humour in writing, vocabulary and borrowed words, etc. Optional picture clues are provided to help students discover the meaning of eight Japanese words.

Level
Level 1
English
Rw/L1.3
Rw/L1.2
Word origins

A wonderful 2.5 hr differentiated lesson plan complete with resources. These include matching games, fill-in diary sheets, cloze exercises / writing frames and more!
A related PPT has been writtn to accompany this lesson. See below.

Level
M8
Entry Level 1
English
AL Rw/E1.1 Have limited, meaningful sight vocabulary of words, signs, symbols
Word origins
Wt/E1.1
Ww/E1.1
Pre-entry
pE Rw/M8.3
pE Wt/M8.4

The ‘number two’ word map for spelling and vocabulary work and teacher reference / inspiration. Another addition to our popular series of word root / letter string maps. Guaranteed to get students (and teachers) thinking about the number two in a different light!

Level
Level 1
Level 2
English
Word origins
Rw/L1.3
Rw/L2.1
AL Ww/L1.1 Spell & use spelling strategies
AL Ww/L2.1 Spell technical words

The ‘number one’ word map for spelling and vocabulary work and teacher reference / inspiration. Another addition to our popular series of word root / letter string maps. Guaranteed to get students (and teachers) thinking about the number one in a different light!

Level
Level 2
Level 1
English
Word origins
AL Ww/L2.1 Spell technical words
AL Ww/L1.1 Spell & use spelling strategies
Rw/L2.1
Rw/L1.3

Crossword with 29 words and clues – increase awareness of word borrowing / origins (and improve spelling). Includes words of Old English, Spanish, Italian, Greek, French, Czech, Latin and American origin. Makes a good warm up activity.

You must download the free Eclipse software before you can use the ecw (Eclipse crossword) file below. See our Good Software – Eclipse Crossword entry for more information.

Level
Level 1
Level 2
English
Rw/L1.3
AL Ww/L1.1 Spell & use spelling strategies
Word origins