Everyone needs to learn new vocabulary, because is the key to improve our english or any language, even our mother tongue. English vocabulary is enormous, incorporating words from a multitude of languages. Many words in English also change in highly irregular ways. Both of these characteristics make English vocabulary difficult to master for many non-natives speakers.
But is really important that learning vocabulary be a funny and interesting activity. Using games to teach vocabulary can help make the whole process more engaging for you and your students and it could work for children and teenagers.
In the classroom we can use many resources, for example if we are teaching lexical sets like school subjects, ask the students to take offt all the objects that they have in their school bags, and say one by one the name each object, so in this way is easier for them remember the new words.
It’s really important to involve the students to make and design their own material, for example: bingo games or memory games, because they can practice the new vocabulary at home or with their friends.
Here there are some suggestions for teaching vocabulary
Picture dictionaries, organize vocabulary words into pictures of scenes from life, usually everyday life. The dictionary has already grouped words together for you. Since arrows or numbers relate the items in the picture to their English words, it also saves you time in putting together vocabulary lists and finding pictures to illustrate each word; the picture dictionary provides context.
Vocabulary flashcards, can help students learn new words in an interactive way that fosters a competitive spirit in children. You can provide a list of 10 to 15 vocabulary words and have students make flashcards by writing the word on one side of an index card and its definition on the other side. They can use the cards independently to memorize the words’ definitions or they can work in pairs.
Short stories.Select vocabulary words from books with which your students are familiar. Have them read the books in class and at home as a homework assignment. Seeing their vocabulary words in books helps students learn how to properly use them. It also provides context for the words, which helps students grasp their meanings.
Spelling Bee. Host an in-class spelling bee. Challenge students to spell their vocabulary words to see who is the best speller. Memorizing a word’s spelling helps some children internalize the word. You can also play “Around the World” with your students by flashing a word to a pair of students. The first student to correctly give its definition goes on to compete against the next student in an attempt to best all the students in the class.
For long time, since I was student of Junior High, every time I listen the word “grammar” I cringe.
In fact, most of the people don’t like grammar and think is the most boring and hard part of learning English.
However, we can’t run away from it, because grammar constitutes the rules of the system of the language.
And, if I want to teach, I must to know what I’m going to teach. If I really want to improve my English,
is really necessary to learn grammar, in order to express in a clearer and more effective way.
But, how can I teach grammar in a fun way? The students don’t want to know all of the grammar rules;
most of them are not interested in grammar. They want to speak, read, and write in English.
So, it’s necessary to adequate grammar exercises with real life contents in real contexts.
Explain clearly and easily understandable the grammar rules. Teach them essential grammar
and give them what we need they know.
A good web site for practice grammar is http://www.eslgamesworld.com/members/games/grammar/.
It contains interactive exercises.
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