Articles on vocabulary

Discover a broad range of ideas on teaching vocabulary and different vocabulary types in our articles below.

dinosaur dig teaching kids lesson plan

Dinosaur dig

In this lesson, students will be introduced to the popular story ‘Dinosaur dig’. They will watch the story, complete comprehension activities, look at some lexis for computer games and dinosaurs, and review the story. Finally students can do some extension work based on the story, finding out about dinosaurs, inventing their own, and presenting it to the class.

ali and the magic carpet teaching kids lesson plan

Ali and the magic carpet

In this lesson, students will be introduced to the popular story ‘Ali and the magic carpet’. They will watch the story, complete comprehension activities, look at some lexis for weather and habitats, and review the story. Finally students can do some extension work based on the story, producing their own TV weather forecast and re-imagining the story.

Lexical notebooks or vocabulary cards?

Few would doubt that students should leave a lesson with some kind of transcript of it: be it a notebook or, if technology allows, pages from an Interactive WhiteBoard (IWB) emailed to your students – in order to be able to go over the material covered in class.

over the mountains teaching kids lesson plan

Over the mountains

In this lesson, students will be introduced to the popular song ‘Over the mountains’. They will listen to the song, complete comprehension activities, practise transport vocabulary as well as the present continuous structure, and sing the song. Finally students can do some extension work based on the song, inventing a new verse, creating some display work and playing a game.

Vocabulary and autonomy

This article looks at ways to improve your students' abilities to both explore, store and use vocabulary.

Revising lexis: quality or quantity?

This article discusses how much attention language teachers should pay to vocabulary acquisition research, particularly with regard to repeated encounters with lexical items.

Grammar vs lexis or grammar through lexis?

In this article, informed by the Lexical Approach, I reflect on grammar instruction in the classroom, including my own teaching, and make suggestions on how it can be 'lexicalised'. I consider the problems with 'traditional' grammar teaching before arguing that what we actually need is more grammar input as well as showing how lexis can provide necessary 'crutches' for the learner.

Walking through the Jungle

Walking through the Jungle takes children on a whirlwind tour around the habitats of the world, through the jungle to the ocean, up the mountains to the river and the Arctic.

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The noun phrase

For too long now the verb phrase has been the dominant focus of attention in course books, syllabuses, and teacher training programmes.

dinosaur dig teaching kids lesson plan

Dinosaur dig

In this lesson, students will be introduced to the popular story ‘Dinosaur dig’. They will watch the story, complete comprehension activities, look at some lexis for computer games and dinosaurs, and review the story. Finally students can do some extension work based on the story, finding out about dinosaurs, inventing their own, and presenting it to the class.

New words in English

New words enter the English language all the time - the exact number is uncertain but there are thousands appearing every year.

Lexical exploitation of texts

Reading and listening texts are often used in the ELT classroom to practise receptive skills and / or as the introduction to a topic or language point.

Context developing activities

It is widely recognized that second language (L2) mental lexicon must be independent of its first language (L1) counterpart, if learners are to use the target language effectively and fluently.

Seven steps to vocabulary learning

Have you ever considered why a learner (even an advanced one) can hear a difficult English word or phrase literally thousands of times and still not use that word in the way that a native speaker does?

Revising lexis: quality or quantity?

This article discusses how much attention language teachers should pay to vocabulary acquisition research, particularly with regard to repeated encounters with lexical items.

Multi-word verbs: Methods and approaches

In the first of these two articles, Multi-word verbs: Learner problems, I looked at some of the problems that multi-word verbs cause students.

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