Vocabulary related to the unit
- stereotype: an exaggerated or wrong image of the characteristics of a particular group.
- violence: actions or words which are intended to hurt people.
- feminism: a movement which claims to advocate the right of women.
- self-confidence: a belief in one’s own abilities and skills.
- international women’s day: an occasion celebrated by women’s groups around the world on March 8th.
- emancipation: freeing someone socially and politically.
- polygamy: having more than one spouse/wife.
- gender: male or female.
Prefixes and suffixes
A prefix is a group of letters at the beginning of a word which changes the word’s meaning.
Example: dis – pre – contr – anti – re – post – out – co – mis
Disappear – prehistoric – antibiotic – re-elect – post-war – outnumbered – co-exist – misunderstand
A suffix is a group of letters at the end of a word which changes the word’s meaning and often its part of speech.
Example: -cy –al -ance -ence –ism -able, -ible
privacy refusal – maintenance – eminence – communism – edible, presentable.
Click here to see a list of Common Prefixes and suffixes
Functions: expressing addition and concession
- In addition / moreover / also / furthermore:
Educated women have a big influence on society, moreover, they contribute to the welfare of their families.
- As well as / besides:
Moroccan rural women need education as well as health care.
- Along with / In addition to +verb (ing):
Along with studying, Loubna helps her mother in the housework.
In addition to studying, Loubna helps her mother in the housework.
- Not only…but …also…:
Loubna not only studies but she also helps her mother in the housework
- Although / though / even though / however / yet + subject + verb:
- Although women’s situation has improved, it still needs more.
- Many girls can attend school, yet their situation is far from perfect.
- Despite – in spite of + verb (ing):
- In spite of being blind, Helen Keller wrote famous novels
- He always comes on time to school despite living far from it.
Note: In spite of the fact that / Despite the fact that Sohayb is one of the best students in his class, he doesn’t like school.
Grammar: Passive voice
This lesson is thoroughly tackled here: Passive voice