Tag Archives: Teaching Vocabulary

How to Possess a Word

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

One of the most common challenges in writing is coming up with the “right” word. Indeed, having a good command of vocabulary is a crucial precondition for success in writing, not only in a second language but also in a … Continue reading

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Mind Map It: Aiding ELL Vocabulary Acquisition

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Guest Author

A guest post by Elizabeth Mosaidis In this blog, Elizabeth Mosaidis shares how she used the free online mind-mapping tool Coggle to help her ESL/EFL students better learn vocabulary and improve their essay writing. After reading some disappointing essays in … Continue reading

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6 Steps to Making New Words Go From Unknown to Acquired

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

Years ago, I began Chinese lessons to better understand what it’s like to learn a language. I went from feeling giddy when I recognized a few characters to frustrated at how many I didn’t understand in the time it took … Continue reading

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How 3 Tiers of Vocab Make It Easier to Learn New Terms

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

Despite almost 40 years of speaking English, I often reach for a dictionary when adapting lessons for my ELLs. And, most of the time, I’m not happy with what I find. I usually get a concise definition that, while accurate, is … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Enriched Vocabulary Presentation

Robert Sheppard
Rob Sheppard

Even in integrated skills courses, we often have some kind of time dedicated expressly to vocabulary. Many of us approach it in a similar way: listing out words on the board, providing definitions and sample sentences for each. In this … Continue reading

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