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Word Skills Crosswords: Teaching Word Skills  through Massive Comprehensible Input

by Chris Gunn

 

A few months ago, I published a collection of crosswords for teaching relative clauses through massive comprehensible input. Along the same lines, I have now begun generating a database and crosswords for word skills  such as talking about synonyms, antonyms, rhymes, and categories, which are all very useful for defining and talking about vocabulary.

Being able draw upon a variety of strategies for discussing language makes teaching content-based ESL a lot easier. If a student needs a word explained, I can give a synonym (tiny is another word for small), an antonym (shallow is the opposite of deep), or a category (a chameleon is a kind of lizard). 

Word Skills Crosswords

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  Other resources for teaching word skills include the following:

Word Skills Board Game

Word skills cloze worksheet generators (click to refresh and get a new worksheet):

Word Skills Cloze Activities

 

Worksheet Collections:

Synonym Worksheets

 

Synonym Worksheets for Young Learners

 

Antonym Worksheets

 

Antonym Worksheets for Young Learners

 

Catergory Worksheets for Young Learners

 

Rhymes Worksheets for Young Leaners