Vocabulary knowledge and language teaching: Choosing what to focus on

How can we boost our EFL learners’ vocabulary knowledge? How can we turn ‘input’ into ‘intake’? Here are 8 tips on selecting new lexis for our EFL lessons in order to promote language awareness and vocabulary acquisition     With regard to vocabulary teaching in a foreign language context Nation and Waring (1997) suggest that teachers …

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Promoting indirect vocabulary learning in the EFL classroom

How can we 'implicitly' boost our learners’ acquisition of TL lexis? Here are 7 tips on selecting authentic materials and tasks to promote indirect vocabulary learning in the EFL classroom     The term ‘incidental vocabulary learning’ is used to describe the acquisition of new TL lexis without any explicit instruction or focus on its meaning …

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7 tips on teaching idioms in the EFL classroom

How can we effectively teach idiomatic expressions in a foreign language? Here are 7 points to consider when introducing L2 idioms to our language learners         It is estimated that the English language contains over 10.000 idiomatic expressions that are widely used both in written and spoken discourse. Whereas in our mother tongue we typically …

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Promoting vocabulary acquisition and retention in the EFL classroom

How can we enhance the acquisition and retention of L2 lexical items? How can we foster our learners’ memory skills and turn input into intake? Here are 7 tips on the teaching strategies we can adopt to boost vocabulary acquisition in the foreign language classroom     Richards & Schmidt (2002:457) define vocabulary retention as “the …

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Techniques for presenting new vocabulary

How can we achieve successful vocabulary learning in the EFL classroom? Here are 7 key points to focus on when introducing new lexis to our students 1. Choosing what to focus on.     Many teachers rely mainly on the syllabus for the selection of the new vocabulary items they will be presenting to their class. …

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TEACHING VOCABULARY USING NATURALLY OCCURRING DATA: 10 ideas on the use of language corpora in the EFL classroom

    Further to my previous blog post on the importance of adapting materials to foster language learning, I will now focus on the use of raw corpus data for the design of vocabulary activities that promote the acquisition of lexis. What do language corpora have to offer to an EFL classroom?     Activities based on …

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