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Five Fun Ways To Teach New Vocabulary!

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Five Fun Ways To Teach New Vocabulary!

Five Fun Ways To Teach New Vocabulary!
Admin - Aug 03 2015

We’ve got a new addition to the team, our Teaching English in Korea expert! Having just returned from a year of TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) in South Korea, he’s ready to impart her teaching wisdom, you lucky things you!

Here are her five favourite ways to teach new vocabulary:

“Teaching vocabulary can sometimes feel like a dull task, but as long as you remember to engage the class and keep it lighthearted you can’t go wrong.”

  1. Get a game going! For many students, just hearing the word ‘game’ can make the task seem more fun. To practice new vocabulary, a great idea is to set up ‘noughts and crosses’ on the whiteboard. Then, every time a student uses a new word erase their word and allow them to put a ‘nought or a cross’ in the space. This helps a new class to start working together and is a great (and non-intimidating) activity for upper school students too.
  2. Mix it up. Your students will probably have different learning styles, especially in large classes! Use your voice, props and some actions to keep your class dynamic. Younger classes will often be especially active so mixing it up will keep their excitement and energy focused on learning.
  3. Tell a Story. Get your students to tell you a story using their new English vocab. The story can be as silly as they like as long as it makes grammatical sense! You can combine this with a spelling activity as you rewrite the key words on the board.
  4. Bring a dice. Before class number the vocabulary words on the board in rows of six. Try and get a good mix of easier and more challenging words. Now get each student to roll the dice and create a sentence with their correlating word. If your class is well behaved change number 6 to ‘nominate’. This will allow your students to nominate a friend to make a sentence. If you have a large TEFL class, getting the students to repeat the sentences keeps everyone on their toes.
  5. Review, review, review! Run a quick revision activity at the start of every class. Keep it lighthearted and see if you can incorporate some relevant pop culture. For instance, if reviewing adjectives get the students to make sentences about their favourite singer or cartoon character! This also multitasks as a warmer activity to get your students talking.

*Teacher’s tip: When running any activity set up some ground rules before you start. This will let your students know that whilst you’re having fun you still expect good behaviour. Happy TEFLing!


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