In the Wonderful
World
of Words
HUPE Annual Conference
Opatija, 25 April, 2014
Sanja Božinović
OŠ Nikole Hribara Velika Go...
Teaching
vocabulary?
Too many words,
Too little time.
What?
Why?
How?
Where?
Problems/Challenges:
 Get students to learn vocabulary beyond memorisation
 Decide which words are important
 Have a nu...
Vocabulary cannot be taught.
It can be presented, explained,
Included in all kinds of activities,
And experienced in all m...
 age
 language level
 class size
 learning styles
 motivation
How?
Students learn new words
 relevant
 familiar topic
 the native language and the second
language
 a number of contacts ...
”If you don’t use it, you lose it.”
Anne Hernandez
24/48/7/14
10 Principles for Effective
Vocabulary Instruction
Teaching Words in 6 steps
 Teacher explains the word
 Students restate or explain
 Students create a non-linguistic rep...
Review and practice:
 Setting up a weekly vocabulary competition
 Voting for the most useful words
 Keeping track of wo...
 Creating fill-in-the-blank sentences
 Fill-in-the-blank exercises – idea:
http://theotherthingsmatter.wordpress.com/
20...
 KWL modified (Alber,Edutopia, Jan 2014)
Technology helps?
image from pbworks.com
Technology is only a tool and it is up to the teacher
to decide when to use it.
 Use worksheet templates to create board games,
dominoes, dice, etc
http://mes-english.com/
 quizzes, word games, word p...
Puzzle Maker
http://www.discoveryeducation.com/free-puzzlemaker/
Challenge? -Quizicon
 How many of the 100 most common words in the
English language you can guess in 5 min?
 list compil...
- everywhere
 http://
www.english-attack.com/
Ideas:
 Ask students to prepare for a
lesson with Video Booster or Photo
V...
English Attack –free version
Video Booster
 Vocab Quickview
1. The video
2. Survival Test
3. Listening Lab
4. Quiz Challe...
• Vocabulary sets
• A card =
-pronunciation
-definition
-sample sentence
• Practice games:
-Speed pix
-Word rescue
-Swapma...
English Central
http://www.englishcentral.com/
a voice recognition software
students work on their own
1.Watch the video
2.Learn the words
3.Speak the video
4.Quiz vocabulary
English Central
type the word to learn it speak and get feedback
Quizlet
• Word cards
• Quizzes
• games
http://quizlet.com/
Vocab Test
http://www.vocabtest.com/vocabulary_word_test.ph
p?tid=202675
Free Rice http://freerice.com/#/english-
vocabulary/
http://www.vocabulary.com/
Online dictionaries
 Cambridge Online: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/
 Merriam-Webster: http://www.learnersdictionary....
A.Word.A.Day
http://wordsmith.org/words/today.html
"The most welcomed, most enduring piece of daily mass e-
mail in cybers...
Word Walls - online
http://padlet.com/wall/kk2tc8bvh6
Word Walls in the classroom
 shapes, colours to draw attention
 mind maps, word clouds, ...
 Mrs Dunkerley’s hive: Word...
Word lists: Wordle
http://www.wordle.net/
http://www.wordle.net/
Games to learn about...
(some examples)
Animals: http://www.buildyourwildself.com/
Ecology:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/education/sy
sm/eco/flash/flash_full.shtml
Storytelling and poetry help:
 exaggerated reading
 repetition and memorization
 performance (role-play, staging a play...
YL: Storymaker
http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/
make-your-own/story-maker
Teenagers and older students:
 Six Word Stories
http://www.sixwordstories.net/
-inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s famous cha...
http://www.pimpampum.net/phrasr/
(In)voluntary Free Reading
a reading journal - once a week/month?
“A learning strategy of value in one
learning context may prove useless in
another.”
Darius Langhoff; ETP, Issue72, Jan 20...
Feel free to use what works
in your teaching situation
and don’t forget to share 
Sharing is caring!
sanja.bozinovic@skole.hr
http://sanjasays.blogspot.com/
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  1. 1. In the Wonderful World of Words HUPE Annual Conference Opatija, 25 April, 2014 Sanja Božinović OŠ Nikole Hribara Velika Gorica sanja.bozinovic@skole.hr
  2. 2. Teaching vocabulary? Too many words, Too little time. What? Why? How? Where?
  3. 3. Problems/Challenges:  Get students to learn vocabulary beyond memorisation  Decide which words are important  Have a number of ideas available to try  Provide transparent individual self-study acitivities  Motivate students  Make learning vocabulary a fun activity
  4. 4. Vocabulary cannot be taught. It can be presented, explained, Included in all kinds of activities, And experienced in all manner of associations But ultimately it is learned by the individual. Wilga Rivers
  5. 5.  age  language level  class size  learning styles  motivation How?
  6. 6. Students learn new words  relevant  familiar topic  the native language and the second language  a number of contacts (6x ?, 7x?, 16x?)
  7. 7. ”If you don’t use it, you lose it.” Anne Hernandez 24/48/7/14
  8. 8. 10 Principles for Effective Vocabulary Instruction
  9. 9. Teaching Words in 6 steps  Teacher explains the word  Students restate or explain  Students create a non-linguistic representative  Students engage in activities to deepen knowledge (compare, ...)  Discuss the word  Periodically play games to review Robert Marzano taken from Edutopia, Jan16, 2014
  10. 10. Review and practice:  Setting up a weekly vocabulary competition  Voting for the most useful words  Keeping track of word lists
  11. 11.  Creating fill-in-the-blank sentences  Fill-in-the-blank exercises – idea: http://theotherthingsmatter.wordpress.com/ 2014/01/09/dont-know-a-word-get-ridda-it/
  12. 12.  KWL modified (Alber,Edutopia, Jan 2014)
  13. 13. Technology helps? image from pbworks.com Technology is only a tool and it is up to the teacher to decide when to use it.
  14. 14.  Use worksheet templates to create board games, dominoes, dice, etc http://mes-english.com/  quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, anagrams ... http://www.manythings.org/
  15. 15. Puzzle Maker http://www.discoveryeducation.com/free-puzzlemaker/
  16. 16. Challenge? -Quizicon  How many of the 100 most common words in the English language you can guess in 5 min?  list compiled using the Oxford English Corpus, used by the makers of the Oxford English Dictionary, which contains over 2 billion words of written English  http://quizicon.com/100-Most-Common-English-Words- Quiz.html
  17. 17. - everywhere  http:// www.english-attack.com/ Ideas:  Ask students to prepare for a lesson with Video Booster or Photo Vocab • Use it in the classroom • Video Booster, Photo Vocab or a Practice Game for homework Where
  18. 18. English Attack –free version Video Booster  Vocab Quickview 1. The video 2. Survival Test 3. Listening Lab 4. Quiz Challenge 5. Vocab Academy 6. Grammar Jungle  Final Score + Practice games
  19. 19. • Vocabulary sets • A card = -pronunciation -definition -sample sentence • Practice games: -Speed pix -Word rescue -Swapmania
  20. 20. English Central http://www.englishcentral.com/ a voice recognition software students work on their own
  21. 21. 1.Watch the video 2.Learn the words 3.Speak the video 4.Quiz vocabulary
  22. 22. English Central type the word to learn it speak and get feedback
  23. 23. Quizlet • Word cards • Quizzes • games
  24. 24. http://quizlet.com/
  25. 25. Vocab Test http://www.vocabtest.com/vocabulary_word_test.ph p?tid=202675
  26. 26. Free Rice http://freerice.com/#/english- vocabulary/
  27. 27. http://www.vocabulary.com/
  28. 28. Online dictionaries  Cambridge Online: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/  Merriam-Webster: http://www.learnersdictionary.com/  Other online dictionaries
  29. 29. A.Word.A.Day http://wordsmith.org/words/today.html "The most welcomed, most enduring piece of daily mass e- mail in cyberspace." The New York Times
  30. 30. Word Walls - online http://padlet.com/wall/kk2tc8bvh6
  31. 31. Word Walls in the classroom  shapes, colours to draw attention  mind maps, word clouds, ...  Mrs Dunkerley’s hive: Word Wall Activities http://www.teachingfirst.net/wordwallact.htm  Online sticky sharing: http://en.linoit.com/
  32. 32. Word lists: Wordle http://www.wordle.net/
  33. 33. http://www.wordle.net/
  34. 34. Games to learn about... (some examples)
  35. 35. Animals: http://www.buildyourwildself.com/
  36. 36. Ecology: http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/education/sy sm/eco/flash/flash_full.shtml
  37. 37. Storytelling and poetry help:  exaggerated reading  repetition and memorization  performance (role-play, staging a play) -fun  motivation for repeated listening  incidental vs. intentional learning  process vs. product learning
  38. 38. YL: Storymaker
  39. 39. http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/ make-your-own/story-maker
  40. 40. Teenagers and older students:  Six Word Stories http://www.sixwordstories.net/ -inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s famous challenge. - stories by notable writers, reader submissions - cattegories - create and share (Facebook, Twitter)
  41. 41. http://www.pimpampum.net/phrasr/
  42. 42. (In)voluntary Free Reading a reading journal - once a week/month?
  43. 43. “A learning strategy of value in one learning context may prove useless in another.” Darius Langhoff; ETP, Issue72, Jan 2011
  44. 44. Feel free to use what works in your teaching situation and don’t forget to share  Sharing is caring!
  45. 45. sanja.bozinovic@skole.hr http://sanjasays.blogspot.com/

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