Teaching Strategies

Learning Vocabulary

Teach frequently used vocabulary first.

Knowing about 2,000 word families gives close to 80% coverage of written text.

Teach students how to take responsibility for vocabulary learning. Focus on frequent words and key words and encourage students to build up their own vocabulary cards with the word on one side and the meaning in L1 (or a short, simple explanation in L2) on the other. Students keep these words in a small box and revise them frequently.

Useful Word Lists

Teaching collocation (words that often go together) is very helpful.