Monday, December 8, 2014

How to Teach Vocabulary

The activities that we have looked at so far in this series are classics that can't be attributed to a specific author. To conclude the series, our posts over the next couple of weeks will introduce one activity from each of our favourite vocabulary resource books.

Show a large picture containing many different items for a few seconds. After you remove the picture, learners individually or in pairs write down as many English words as they can remember for the things shown in the picture. Once they finish writing, show the picture again for them to check. The team that remembers the most words wins.

This is a variation on the classic Kim's Game, but using a picture - which could be projected onto the whiteboard - extends the scope of the activity, while enabling you to focus on a real context.
Thornbury, S. (2002) How to Teach Vocabulary, Harlow: Pearson.

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