IDEAS TO BRING TO THE CLASSROOM TO MAKE VOCABULARY INTERESTING AND REWARDING
Acquiring new vocabulary needs to fun for student and teacher alike. Otherwise all lessons become staid and uneventful experiences. Therefore a wide range of learning activities need to be organised and effectively implemented to teach vocabulary. You must remember the purpose is to get students to understand and use words and expressions in many diverse situations. Our job is arouse the learner’s senses and creative tools/aids can be used to stimulate, improve and retain the necessary information. They may include some or all of the subsequent.
All teachers and students like to use and participate in games as they can teach and strengthen the vocabulary points. Examples are wide and ranging and could include vocabulary bingo, prefix and suffix games, card games, vocabulary crosswords etc. Why use them? Well they motivate you and challenge the brain by making you consider the language you are using. Beckeridge, Buckby ,Wright (2006) state ‘games can help the teacher to create contexts in which language is useful and meaningful’ other interesting aids we could us to underpin vocabulary would be the use of films, television and videos.
Films. Television and Videos
Different types of audio-visual products are available to support the teacher in teaching. For example specific educational learning videos that concentrate on areas of English. The problem with these is they can be quite boring for the viewer a bit like those in-house company training videos. It’s better to offer more variety possibly clips from well known films or television programs. English is global a language and most students are familiar with Western movies and TV. They provide a good cultural reference point that students can talk about. They can show real life situations in the case of documentaries. The teacher can select pieces of vocabulary to concentrate on. Another teaching aid to mix-up a...
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