Number one for English language teachers

Beginning to teach vocabulary

A bank of tips and ideas for teaching vocabulary to Young Learners. Materials cover pronunciation and drilling, techniques for presenting new vocabulary and a series of practice activities.

Introduction

Words are the building blocks of language, and having a good supply of them is very important for students right from the beginning of their English learning.

With young students, vocabulary learning is relatively easy as the words they need (the words they would use in their mother tongue too) are concrete – things they can see, touch, taste, play with, etc, so it easy for the meaning of the words to be made apparent without resorting to translation or complicated explanations. How better to teach the word ‘apple’ than to show the children an apple or a picture of an apple?

The sooner students are able to communicate ideas in English, the more motivated they will be, so giving them a bank of vocabulary to draw on is necessary – starting with nouns and adjectives. And don't forget, although children seem to learn new words very quickly, they will also forget quickly, so it is very important to give them lots of practice of vocabulary to help them remember.

In this section you will find a selection of tips and activities to help students learn vocabulary using different techniques.

Beginning vocabulary

  • Beginning vocabulary: Presenting new vocabulary

    Author: Olha Madylus Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary Type: Teaching notes

    Olha Madylus gives advice on how to present and practise vocabulary, using a practical staged approach.

  • Beginning vocabulary: Pronunciation and drilling

    Author: Olha Madylus Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary Type: Teaching notes

    Olha Madylus gives advice on how to get your young learners practising pronunciation, using techniques including choral repetition, songs and tongue twisters.

  • Beginning vocabulary: Practice activities

    Author: Olha Madylus Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary Type: Teaching notes

    Olha Madylus offers a selection of fun and practical activities you can use to help your young learners practise the vocabulary they've learned.

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