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 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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