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    • Concept Checking for Vocabulary Jo Gakonga CELTA trainer elt-training.com
    • Swahili Mtoto Watoto
    • Another example… Mtu Watu
    • Meaning is Paramount..and you need to check that they got it!
    • Teaching Vocabulary1. Put the new vocabulary in a clear context2. Explain/ clarify what it means
    • Teaching Vocabulary1. Put the new vocabulary in a clear context2. Explain/ clarify what it means3. Check that they understand.
    • What problems can you see with the followingways of checking meaning? What does ‘bait’ mean? Do you all understand ‘sensible’? You all seem to understand ‘relative’
    • What does ‘bait’ mean?
    • What does ‘irony’ mean?
    • Do you all understand ‘sensible’?
    • How can we check that they understand?By asking (closed) questions that are easyto answer and prove that they understand.
    • Step 1 Identify the meaning of the word Step 2 Turn that meaning into a closedquestion with a short/ easy answer.
    • ExampleHe managed to get to sleep. –He tried to do something. –It wasn’t easy. –He succeeded
    • Now make these into questions..He tried to do something. Did he try? (yes)It wasn’t easy. Was it easy? (no)He succeeded. Did he succeed? (yes)
    • And that’s all there is to it!
    • What’s wrong with this?He didnt know if he was coming or going• Was he coming?• Was he going?• Did he know?
    • What’s wrong with this?He didnt know if he was coming or going• He was confused. Was he confused?
    • Helpful Hint 1Make sure that you are checking the MEANING
    • What’s wrong with this?A wardrobe.• Is it made of wood?• Is there one in your house?
    • What’s wrong with this?A wardrobe.• Do you put food or clothes in a wardrobe? (clothes)• Which room is it in? (bedroom)• Show a picture – Is this a wardrobe? (yes)
    • Helpful Hint 2Make sure that you are specific about the meaning.
    • What’s wrong with this?He wandered about the town.• Did he wander about?
    • What’s wrong with this?He wandered about the town. – Did he walk? (yes) – Did he walk fast? (no) – Did he have somewhere special to go? (no)
    • Helpful Hint 3Don’t use the target language . in the question
    • What’s wrong with this?The conductor checked the tickets.Did he verify or ascertain that they were inorder?
    • What’s wrong with this?The conductor checked the tickets.Did he look at the tickets? (yes)Did he want to know if the ticket was OK? (yes)
    • Helpful Hint 4Grade the vocabularythat you use below the target language
    • What’s wrong with this?The LED indicator will turn off. – What will turn off?
    • What’s wrong with this?The LED indicator will turn off. – Show a picture – Is this an LED indicator? (yes) – Is it a light? (yes) – Is it big or small? (small)
    • Helpful Hint 5Make sure that your questions target the right language
    • Now you try……‘Snow’• What does this word mean?• Now change those statements into questions.
    • Possible CCQsShow a picture Is this snow? (yes)
    • Possible CCQsOr negative checking Is this snow? (no)
    • Possible CCQsYes/ No questions• Is it cold? (yes)• Does it fall from the sky? (yes)
    • Possible CCQsShort answer questions• What colour is it? (white)• What time of year does it usually come? (winter)• What sport can you do in it? (skiing)
    • Possible answersEither/or questionsIs it hot or cold? (cold)Does it come in the winter or summer, usually?(winter)
    • Possible CCQsPersonalised questionsDo you get snow in your country?
    • Now try doing some on your own. Choose a word Identify its meaning Think of two or three CCQs Good luck!