High-intermediate to Advanced
1. After reading an article or reading from the textbook, ask the class as a whole to decide on key vocabulary words.
2. Put students into small groups. Assign 2-3 key words to each group. Some example words might be: population, income, labor. (Note: income and labor are Academic Word List [AWL] words)
3. Each student group uses Google on their devices to search for each word, looking at Google’s “news” results. Ask students not to use newspaper headlines for their concordance lines, as these often omit auxiliary verbs and are not grammatically correct.
The photo below shows the results of a search for the word “income.”
- income tax
- low-income [person]
- average income [person]
- to earn income
Some students may struggle to find patterns which are not immediately obvious and may require additional training and support.
Which words do my students need to know?
Which lists do these words belong to?