‘How come a teacher teaches, but a doctor doesn’t doct? Why can’t I say ‘My aunt is a cooker’?! What do you mean ‘increase is a noun?’… Word formation has never been easy for students. No clear logic behind it, complicated patterns, loads of irregularities – you name it. However, this part of language just cannot be ignored, both for the sake of accuracy and fluency.
Teenagers need to be good at word formation more than anyone else. In addition to fluency and accuracy, they have one more thing to think about – exams. Not only Cambridge exams include tasks that focus on word formation, but also the Russian State Exam and 9th-grade exam do. So, what can we do to help our students out?