EFL / ESL Teaching Tip: Acquiring Vocabulary Part 1

Rennert New York TESOL Center | TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certification

This is James Stakenburg, the Head of Teacher Training here at Rennert, sharing a way to structure your vocabulary lessons to facilitate acquisition.


James: So today I want to talk about acquiring vocabulary which is a key concept, obviously, in learning a language. There’s different ways that you can structure a vocabulary lesson, but one process that you could go through is these steps:

1. Gain the students’ attention. So, before you start the lesson have a catchy photo or something that they need to discuss or a picture or something like that.
2. Then, describe the goals for the lesson. I think it is really important to state the learning objectives, so the students know what they’re going to be able to do by the end of the lesson.
3. Then, try to stimulate or recall prior knowledge because you need to build the vocabulary from the existing…

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