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  • As far as vocabulary learning is concerned, it is important to record new language in a way that is memorable and manageable. To this effect, I have always encouraged my students to keep a lexical notebook to record new lexis which comes up in class...
  • The general aim is to involve the students in a more autonomous fashion in their learning, rather than simply having them presented with word lists selected by the teacher or syllabus. The role of vocabulary teachingHow can teachers help their...
  • IntroductionSometime in the middle of the last century, Benjamin Whorf, famous for his contention that language shapes thought, made a controversial statement about the Eskimo language having seven words for snow. Frequently quoted or, rather...
  • 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.For more on the Lexical Approach see other...
  • However, authentic and near-authentic texts are an excellent source of collocations and other lexical chunks, and it is worth spending a little extra time on a text to draw learners' attention to these. Why draw attention to lexical chunks?...
  • The purpose for the L2 vocabulary is to be stored in much the same way as L1, which has two significant implications: learners do not access their L2 lexicon by means of translating and so can save processing time while improving their fluency and...
  • You might expect that, after having been exposed to a word in ten, twenty, or maybe at the very most thirty, contexts, a learner will gradually piece together the word's meaning and start to use it correctly, appropriately and fluently. Classroom...
  • In this second article I'll look at a range of approaches and methods that I have used to try to help my students with them. Categorising Focus on lexical verb Lexical sets Teaching through texts One way of using texts in the classroom Conclusion  ...
  • I find that learners around the world tend to panic at the mere mention of their name, and to avoid using them for fear of making mistakes. In this article I shall be looking at why this is and how as teachers we can try to encourage students to use...
  • Any teacher worth his/her salt will be able to tell you everything there is to know about base verbs, infinitives, progressives, perfectives, passives, and modals. But, please, let's not forget the noun phrase! Why? Because the noun phrase is a...
  • They provide a change to coursebook activities allowing learners to work together to recycle grammar or vocabulary and share knowledge. Careful planning of both materials used in the circuit is required as well as attention to the timing of the...
  •   Using student knowledge Material-light activities Round in circles Delexicalised verb drillDelexicalised choices Conclusion It must be stressed here that delexicalised verbs are used far more in speaking (Carter and McCarthy) than writing....
  •   Where they come from Meaning Delexicalised verbs and collocations Learner perceptions of meaning and choice  
  • Teaching the meaning of individual words, however, will not ensure that learners can read a text with understanding. 'Words enter into meaningful relations with other words around them…' (Sinclair 1996:76). To understand a text, learners need to...
  • So teaching vocabulary is one of the most important areas for teachers to deal with. The problem with vocabulary is that there seem to be so many words and sometimes it is difficult to know which ones to teach. They are all over the place and don't...
  • The focus of this article and the accompanying lesson plan will be on how we make new words. If we know this, then we can find ways of giving our learners strategies to help them cope with language that is new to them. The ability to grow Borrowing...
  •   Introduction Forgetting The implications for teaching Memorable teaching Recycling Learner training Noting and storing vocabulary Conclusions  
  •   Introduction What a student may need to know about an item Ways to present vocabulary Alternative ways of teaching vocabulary Other things to consider  
  • The first article - Collocation with advanced levels 1 - gives an overview of the topic of collocation in English language teaching and shows how this is a key area of study for advanced level students."The ability to deploy a wide range of lexical...
  • This is the first of two articles on the topic. The second article - Collocation with advanced learners 2 - provides classroom activities for the study and practice of collocations. "The ability to deploy a wide range of lexical chunks both...

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