Week Three

last week we started thinking about vocabulary or "lexis" as not simply "single words"but as words that work together to communicate things. One area that can be useful to notice when you are using a different language is collocation.
Go to the vocabulary skills page and watch the video on "Collocation" to get a better idea of what it is and how you can study it.

General (non university work)

This week we talked about English, what sort of English we want to study and what Jennifer Jenkins says about International English. Here is an article I wrote which was published in the January/February edition (Issue 2000) of Iatefl Voices, this year. If you want to know what I think, one way is to read it:

Before you read this article, which deals with the problems teachers face when considering English as an International Language,
Write for yourself three questions that you would like to see answered about this topic.

Then read the article to see if you can find the answers.


Now look at these lexical items which occur in the article and from the context decide which is the best definition for each one. In each case, whether you have already met this item or not, decide what factors in the article help you to understand the appropriate meaning in context:

ITEM
DEFINITION A
DEFINITION B
warts and all
with physical problems
with all its defects
glee
impudent happiness
a sticky substance
loosely translated
translated with a lot of help
translated freely
the crux of the matter
the central point
a choice
an acceptable variant form
something unusual but acceptable
a strange physical mutation
to hinder
to develop
to block
a lingua franca
a language used by non natives
a language used in business
a disservice
a discontinued service
something which is damaging
in the long run
over a long period of time
when you run a great distance
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