How new words are created

This lesson plan for teachers of teenage and adult students at intermediate level and above is based on the theme of new words. Students will learn how new words are created and practise forming them.

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Paul Kaye


This lesson looks at how new words are created in English. Students begin by considering the different methods used to create new words, e.g. compound nouns, mixing words together, borrowing from other languages etc. In groups, they then analyse each method in more depth, reviewing vocabulary as they do so. Finally, they work in groups to invent some new words using any of the methods. This develops their knowledge of word formation and their creativity. 

Learning outcomes

  • Explain some different ways that words in English are created
  • Use words that have been created in different ways
  • Create new words in English

Age and level

13-17, Adults (B1+)


Approximately 60-70 minutes. 


The following materials can be downloaded in PDF format. 

  • Lesson plan
  • Student worksheet
  • Exercises and answer keys



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Submitted by Shaziabibi on Wed, 07/03/2024 - 04:31

This is very useful technique to introduce and develop new words.

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