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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Teaching Vocabulary to Beginners: Research and Resources

Stacy1By Stacy Hagen
Co-Author, Azar-Hagen Grammar Series

Teaching vocabulary to beginners is definitely challenging! In terms of research, Betty and I have a few resources to recommend:

Keith Folse has an excellent book: Vocabulary Myths: Applying Second Language Research to Classroom Teaching. Here’s a link to a summary of the eight myths: http://esl.fis.edu/teachers/support/folse.htm

Paul Nation has done extensive research on teaching vocabulary. His article on teaching beginners is short and to the point. His website may also be useful, including download links for free graded readers.

Both Folse and Nation advocate some use of the L1 to teach vocabulary.

American English at State posts short, user-friendly vocabulary lessons on their Facebook page (though I couldn’t find these lessons on their website.) If your students are on Facebook, they might enjoy these.

American English at State also offers a free app for learning English. If you are interested in other English language learning apps, here is a helpful review. At the beginning level, these programs seem to emphasize vocabulary.

Good luck! We hope these resources are helpful.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Roll Your Way to Grammar Fun: A Board Game

Stacy1By Stacy Hagen
Co-Author, Azar-Hagen Grammar Series

Would your students enjoy working on editing skills via a board game? Are you interested in an activity that takes just minutes to prepare? Here’s a lively and collaborative activity that works with any of the Check your knowledge exercises found in all three levels of the Azar-Hagen Grammar series.

Materials: A game board and dice.

1. Choose any Check your knowledge exercise from the text you are working in. These exercises are usually toward the end of the chapter.

2. Students work in groups of three or four. You need a game board and one die for each group.

3. To prepare the board, randomly write the number for the sentences (not the sentence) in the blank squares. If there are 12 sentences, you will have 12 marked squares. Skip the example sentences. (You can mark one board and then make photocopies, or make each board different for every group.)

4. Each student needs his/her own token: a coin, a paper clip, etc.

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