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Vocabulary is the Elixir of the English Language

Vocabulary is dynamically essential for any ESL/EFL learner.desiring to be fluent in English.As for ESL/EFL beginner level learners ,vocabulary is the vital threshold of a strong basis that they have to lean on to learn English .On the other hand, the intermediate level learners have to burn the candle at its end to gain as much information as they can in an attempt to enlighten their labyrinths of achieving fluency.But the advanced level learners have to oxygenate the heart of the vocabulary stocks that they have been trying to store with idiomatic and specialized English to attain compreh

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February 2015 blog topics

Hi everyone and welcome to the February blog topics. As ever, thank you to everyone who contributed posts for January - it was a busy month and there were some great blog entries. If you missed any, you can read them all by clicking here.

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ICT In the Classroom

ICT IN THE CLASSROOM.
Nina MK, Ph.D.

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Larry Ferlazzo: Five strategies for ELL vocabulary instruction

Reading, writing, listening and speaking in a new language demands a number of prerequisites -- a desire to do so; a certain level of self-confidence; a supportive atmosphere and, of course, knowing the meaning of words in the new language. 

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Vicky Saumell - Approaching literature with an open mind

I believe that using literature in a second language is a rich opportunity to see language in use. I have always tried to introduce authentic and graded literature in my classes with various degrees of success. Over the years, and with the belief that reading for pleasure is quite different from required reading, I have tried to lessen the negative effects of required reading.

Some strategies that have worked for me

Finding the right book or poem

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Pronunciation and ESP

PRONUNCIATION AND ESP.
Nina MK, Ph.D.

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Technology, yay or nay?

 I have already posted on the topic of using internet-free technology in the classroom but there is another question which has to be dealt with before we start talking about practical solutions. Instead of repeating the words ‘digital natives’ and ‘new generations’, lets get a bit more practical and see life as it actually is around us.

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Rachael Roberts - Learning vocabulary through reading

When I was first learning to teach, someone told me that students have to learn a word 9 times in order for it to really ‘stick’. I have no idea where that little gem came from, but I’m pretty sure someone made it up! Experience tells me that we grasp some items of vocabulary pretty quickly, while others slip through our fingers. There are probably various reasons for this: how much we ‘need’ the word, whether it is similar to a word in our own language or ‘makes sense’ to us in some way, how memorable the context was in which we learnt it and so on.

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Headlines: Recycling vocabulary creatively

Review and recycling of new language items is critical if they stand a chance of becoming readily accessible in long-term memory. I would like to share here an activity I have found useful when revising vocabulary with my primary school young learners: Headlines.
 
Headlines is a thinking routine from the Visible Thinking approach (Harvard University). The basic idea is to help students capture the essence of a topic being studied. It can also involve them in reflecting and synthesizing as they identify this essence.
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Tech or no tech?

I am a self-confessed techie teacher. My tablet can serve as my worksheets, my whiteboard and my DVD player. It can be my stereo, my flashcards and even my test paper. For me, this handy device is a facilitator of fun, innovative English lessons. On my blog I frequently sing the praises of the connected classroom.

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