English teaching resources: Compound (double) words.
English level: B1 – B2
Objective: Practising new words and increasing the students´vocabulary.
One of the differences between English and languages like Spanish is how to make words.
While in English you can put two words together to create a new word, eg. ASH + TRAY = ASHTRAY, this is very uncommon in Spanish. They either have one word or use the preposition “de” (=of) .
Activity 1: Matching nouns
Give the students two lists of nouns (a and b), tell them to match and explain the meaning of each new compound noun to a partner. (To help the students you could have images of the words they are supposed to come up with.)
Activity 2: Writing, competition.
The students can continue working with the same partner, and you have pairs compete against each other.
The competition is that each pair has to write a story, using as many of the new, compound words as possible. The winner is the pair that has used most new words (in a story that makes sense).