Although we put a lot of effort into helping our students learn words, I would venture to guess we don’t often stop to reflect just how these words are stored our minds. What does research of the mental lexicon show and what classroom practices can come from this knowledge? Read to find out.
The more I teach and study language, the more I believe in the power of words. There are many great websites that can help you when creating vocabulary activities for your class. Here are some of my favorites.
This is a semester-long assignment that helps boost students vocabulary a lot. I’ve been doing it in my class this semester with great success and plan to keep it as a norm in all of my future classes.
This activity consists of 20 pages, each with four pictures of a particular category. On the top is written a question using which. For example, “Which hat do you like best?” This handout is great for various discussion activities to get students chatting and practicing the superlative.
Adding a full length book to your ESL curriculum can be great way to add authentic and engaging material to your class. Check out this article get all you need to use the book I Have a Dream by Margaret Davidson in your class. I used it in my low intermediate class with adult learners and it went really well.
As native or fluent speakers of English, we use the verb BE all the time, often without even taking note. Beginners, on the other hand, have difficulty with its uses and very irregular forms. I designed this activity as a vocabulary development activity that also gives students practice using the BE verb with adjectives.
Use these verb cards to form a simple yet engaging activity to have groups practice whatever verb tense you want them to work on.
These vocabulary cards, talking charts, and slides will transform your lesson on illness and remedies into a dynamic and exciting interactive class.
. For the bingo activity, students will walk around asking how much / many of each item other students have. The key is, they can’t write down a person’s name unless the other person has the same amount of that item. It makes the activity last longer and promotes more practice of the target structure.
Use this lesson, which includes, slides and handouts, to get students to use fashion vocabulary and engage in a role play activity to create the perfect outfit for an occasion.
Use these likes and dislikes cards to get your adult ESL students talking.
Download and use these cards with food vocabulary to do a variety of activities with your class.
I first used this activity in a beginning integrated skills course, and my students loved it. Each subsequent time I’ve used it, I’ve had positive reactions from my students. It blends vocabulary, exercise, and competition to create a great activity to throw in and revitalize the class.