Exploiting texts for lexis.

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Some ideas for using texts in the classroom to promote vocabulary development

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  • 1. Words, words, words Exploiting texts for lexis
  • 2. Words, words, words Exploiting texts for lexis For a free, voiced-over presentation, go to www.elt-training.com
  • 3. The importance of lexis
  • 4. Lexical Priming… Michael Hoey
  • 5. The Lexical Approach… Michael Lewis
  • 6. Dave Lewis
  • 7. What does it mean to know a word?
  • 8. What do you know about this word?
  • 9. ?? entries 3 pages!
  • 10. Meaning…. Abstract noun [U]
  • 11. Collocations… Save time
  • 12. Collocations… Spend time
  • 13. Collocations…
  • 14. Collocations… Kill time
  • 15. In Roman times…. (n) [C]
  • 16. He timed the race (v) regular
  • 17. It’s about time Before your time For weeks at a time I have no time for him
  • 18. So it’s not just about learning new vocabulary …… Exposure to how it’s used is vital…
  • 19. An example…
  • 20. Would you like to live here?
  • 21. Find 4 reasons Luke likes living here. Text from Onestopenglish.com
  • 22. So far, so typical.
  • 23. Ambient vocabulary Ambient vocabulary is language that’s there in the background of any given exercise or text, but which doesn’t necessarily need to be focused on in order for students – and teacher – to complete the task. Hugh Dellar
  • 24. So what can we do to exploit the lexis?
  • 25. ‘Noticing’
  • 26. Examples of tasks Note these down – you’ll need them!
  • 27. Guessing meaning in context.
  • 28. Which words don’t you know? Which can you guess?
  • 29. novelist inspirational rough track fed uppassers by popping in remote Which words can be guessed? Which can’t or are difficult?
  • 30. Which words can be guessed? Which can’t or are difficult? novelistinspirational (rough track) fed up passers by popping in remote
  • 31. Practice activity? Use the new vocabulary to write a summary of the text… …in pairs? Without looking back?
  • 32. Lexical sets
  • 33. secluded Positive or negative? I like my own company
  • 34. Do you like your own company? Do you think the lighthouse is secluded or isolated? If you are alone, do you get lonely quickly? And a bit of practice….
  • 35. Lexico-grammatical sets
  • 36. It d_________y prevents it’s c________y secluded B______s, the views from Of c_____ I have a 360-degree I e________y love Lexico-grammatical sets
  • 37. It definitely prevents it’s certainly secluded Besides, the views from Of course, I have a 360-degree I especially love Lexico-grammatical sets
  • 38. What do you have views about? definitely certainly Besides, of course, especially
  • 39. Collocations and chunks
  • 40. “ “Not at all, I work much better alone and enjoy my own company. I prefer to work with the phone switched off too – I just don’t want anything to disrupt my train of thought. If I feel the need for some company I can always drive to the local pub or pop back to London for the weekend
  • 41. “Not at all, I w____ m___ b____ a_____ and e______ m__ o___ c__________. I prefer to work with the phone switched off too – I just don’t want anything to d_____ m__ t______ o_ t________. If I f______ t__ n______ f___ some company I c____ a_____ drive to the local pub or p___ b_____ t_ London for the weekend
  • 42. “ I work much better alone I _____ much better ________ I prefer to work with the phone switched off. I prefer to ______ with _________ If I feel the need for some company I can always drive to the local pub. If I feel the need for ______, I can always ________
  • 43. Noticing grammar
  • 44. What’s missing? “I was looking ___ a place in the country where I could concentrate ___ my work ________ any disturbances. Having become a successful novelist I was getting fed ___ _____ people ringing the doorbell, so the lighthouse was the perfect answer.”
  • 45. What else would this work with?
  • 46. Lower levels
  • 47. Your turn!
  • 48. My name’s Lisha and I’m from Nigeria. I like walking and I also love riding my bike so I can deliver your letters quickly. My sister works in a restaurant but I don’t have a job. I always get up early and I know the area well. I go to college every week on Friday but that’s in the afternoon. I hope you give me the job! Entry 1 reading text Think of three ways to exploit this text
  • 49. have deliver know works go give a job letters the area to college me the job in a restaurant
  • 50. have deliver know works go give a job letters the area to college me the job in a restaurant
  • 51. My name’s Lisha and I’m from Nigeria. I like w_____ and I also love r____ my bike Entry 1 reading text What do you like doing? What do you love doing?
  • 52. My name’s Lisha (What is your name?) and I’m from Nigeria. (Where are you from?) I like walking and I also love riding my bike (What do you like doing?) My sister works in a restaurant. (What does your sister do?) What are the questions?
  • 53. My name’s Lisha and I’m from Nigeria. I like walking and I ___ love riding my bike __ I can deliver your letters quickly. My sister works in a restaurant ___ I don’t have a job. I always get up early ___ I know the area well. I go to college every week on Friday ___ that’s in the afternoon. I hope you give me the job! Entry 1 reading text
  • 54. Find words in the text that mean the opposite: running slowly never late morning
  • 55. Your turn (again!)
  • 56. A live listening text Prepare a short live listening that is suitable for your learners. eg What I’m doing at the weekend. A terrible holiday. My living room. My dream job.
  • 57. A live listening text Tell it to a partner. As they listen, they should note down useful ambient vocabulary
  • 58. http://leoxicon.blogspot.ru/
  • 59. http://hughdellar.wordpress.com /
  • 60. Thank you! jo.gakonga@elt-training.com