Exploiting texts for lexis.

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

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Exploiting texts for lexis.

  1. 1. Words, words, words Exploiting texts for lexis
  2. 2. Words, words, words Exploiting texts for lexis For a free, voiced-over presentation, go to www.elt-training.com
  3. 3. The importance of lexis
  4. 4. Lexical Priming… Michael Hoey
  5. 5. The Lexical Approach… Michael Lewis
  6. 6. Dave Lewis
  7. 7. What does it mean to know a word?
  8. 8. What do you know about this word?
  9. 9. ?? entries 3 pages!
  10. 10. Meaning…. Abstract noun [U]
  11. 11. Collocations… Save time
  12. 12. Collocations… Spend time
  13. 13. Collocations…
  14. 14. Collocations… Kill time
  15. 15. In Roman times…. (n) [C]
  16. 16. He timed the race (v) regular
  17. 17. It’s about time Before your time For weeks at a time I have no time for him
  18. 18. So it’s not just about learning new vocabulary …… Exposure to how it’s used is vital…
  19. 19. An example…
  20. 20. Would you like to live here?
  21. 21. Find 4 reasons Luke likes living here. Text from Onestopenglish.com
  22. 22. So far, so typical.
  23. 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. 24. So what can we do to exploit the lexis?
  25. 25. ‘Noticing’
  26. 26. Examples of tasks Note these down – you’ll need them!
  27. 27. Guessing meaning in context.
  28. 28. Which words don’t you know? Which can you guess?
  29. 29. novelist inspirational rough track fed uppassers by popping in remote Which words can be guessed? Which can’t or are difficult?
  30. 30. Which words can be guessed? Which can’t or are difficult? novelistinspirational (rough track) fed up passers by popping in remote
  31. 31. Practice activity? Use the new vocabulary to write a summary of the text… …in pairs? Without looking back?
  32. 32. Lexical sets
  33. 33. secluded Positive or negative? I like my own company
  34. 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. 35. Lexico-grammatical sets
  36. 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. 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. 38. What do you have views about? definitely certainly Besides, of course, especially
  39. 39. Collocations and chunks
  40. 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. 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. 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. 43. Noticing grammar
  44. 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. 45. What else would this work with?
  46. 46. Lower levels
  47. 47. Your turn!
  48. 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. 49. have deliver know works go give a job letters the area to college me the job in a restaurant
  50. 50. have deliver know works go give a job letters the area to college me the job in a restaurant
  51. 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. 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. 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. 54. Find words in the text that mean the opposite: running slowly never late morning
  55. 55. Your turn (again!)
  56. 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. 57. A live listening text Tell it to a partner. As they listen, they should note down useful ambient vocabulary
  58. 58. http://leoxicon.blogspot.ru/
  59. 59. http://hughdellar.wordpress.com /
  60. 60. Thank you! jo.gakonga@elt-training.com

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