Children often measure their own language learning progress in terms of how many words they know.
Vocabulary practice is something that teachers might do in every class. I am most of time kids and teachers all enjoy doing it. As a English teacher, our job is to educate kids and develop their language skills. It’s very import we make sure effective learning happen. So, in the following maybe 20 mins, I will be focusing on 8 principles of vocab practice. You can also use the principles to examine the activities you do with children. Vis versa you should also use the 8 principles to find or design your own activities.
You will have 10 seconds to remember the food you see. After 10 seconds, please write down the food you remember.
1. Our food (Level 1, Unit 8)
On the tree or on the ground? Lip reading Repeat if it’s true
Properties of words –features? What do they have in common?
Can a tiger talk on the telephone? Can an elephant climb a tree? Can a spider play the saxophone? Can a fish take a photo in the sea? Can a butterfly say the alphabet? Can a dolphin count to three?
What are the connections between these words? vege/fruit where do they grow? season preference
Can’t stop Can’t help
1. Our food (Level 1, Unit 8)
Learning and Teaching
Macmillan Education| Sandra Wu
1. Learning Vocabulary
2. Vocabulary Practice
3. Meet Take Shape
Learning vocabulary can be one of the most
significant and satisfying outcomes in the first
years of English lessons. It boosts children's
confidence and self-esteem. It also lays the
foundations for leading children into using
grammatical structures, which initially present
a greater learning challenge, in more extended
and creative ways.
Carol Read (2007)
Associate words and meanings and develop
children’s recall of vocabulary1
Think about the properties and meanings of
Odd one out
1. double bass/violin/harp/flute
2. swimming pool/airport/movie theater/park
Improve children’s recognition and spelling
f or ph
Can a tiger talk on the telephone?
Can an elephant climb a tree?
Can a spider play the saxophone?
Can a fish take a photo in the sea?
Can a butterfly say the alphabet?
Can a dolphin count to three?
Reinforce connections between words4
Personalize vocabulary learning
have cravings for
have a habit of
Who are they?
Develop strategies for inferring meaning6
Develop strategies for conveying the
to tell someone about a
feeling or opinion.
to take part in a sport or
the things that people and
a group of people who are
related to each other.
Collaborate an interact with others
Take Shape SB 1 –
1. Associate words and meanings and develop children’s
recall of vocabulary
2. Think about the properties and meanings of words
3. Improve children’s recognition and spelling of vocabulary
4. Reinforce connections between words
5. Personalize vocabulary learning
6. Develop strategies for inferring meaning
7. Develop strategies for conveying the meaning
8. Collaborate an interact with others
Lesson 1: vocabulary and introduction to the real-world link