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Teaching vocabulary: the best solution is to not do it ๐Ÿ˜Š

Updated: Dec 2, 2020

Yes, the best solution is to engage the learners to do it themselves ๐Ÿ˜Š


Let the students do it in an interactive and self-selecting way. They will learn more and retain more and be more engaged in the process.


How does that work? First make sure you have the normal exposure addressed โ€“ you canโ€™t learn vocabulary in any useful way unless you experience it in context โ€“ through lots of easy and interesting readers โ€“ see e.g. Oxford Reading Tree and of course try to find readers in a local context - English for Asia is different from English for the US.


Of course, as language learners they must memorize new lexis โ€“ there is no way around memorizing new lexis if you want to learn a new language. There are lots of good language learning apps โ€“ everything from https://www.funeasylearn.com/ to https://www.duolingo.com/ and many more site options for young learners which you can catch in our Train The Teacher Certificate in International TESOL Course.


But apps donโ€™t solve your challenge as a language teacher โ€“ how do you have your students learn the language they need for the texts you are using or for the exam they are studying for?

And when they learn it, how do they retain it, and develop some fluency in it?


But apps donโ€™t solve your challenge as a language teacher โ€“ how do you have your students learn the language they need for the texts you are using or for the exam they are studying for?