Learning English as a second or foreign language (ESL / EFL) takes time, and building your vocabulary is an important key to improving your communication skills. Thus, students need to learn how to use vocabulary in both receptive and production situations (i.e., listening and reading verses speaking and writing). Each of the pages below is designed to be a short, self-standing learning activity for teachers and students. Read more details below on how to use the lists for learning and teaching:
The topics above (designed mainly for upper-beginning students and higher) are designed to serve as a short, self-enclosed mini lesson. Each Webpage includes:
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- A list of commonly-used vocabulary with a recording of the words in RealMedia format. There is a short pause between each word, so learners are encouraged to repeat after the speaker. Keep in mind that the actual pronunciation of a word often changes when used in everyday conversation (rather than in isolation, as found here). If you encounter a word you don't know, then use a dictionary (an English-English is recommended) to find the definition for each. A good dictionary will also give you a sample sentence so you can see how the word is used in context.
- A short quiz to test students' comprehension of some of the words, and the structure of the sentences gives the learner the opportunity to see how the word can be used.
- A Follow-Up exercise for expanding students' use of the vocabulary in a conversation with a partner or group. Some ideas including using the Internet for collecting information.
The lessons are not intended to provide all of the defintions for the words; rather, students should look up the words as a means of developing their study and dictionary skills. Teachers can assign students to listen to the vocabulary and practice pronouncing the words on their own. Students should also prepare sample sentences for each, read over the Follow-Up questions, and come to class ready to share their answers and responses.
If you're using the site on your own, study the vocabulary and listen to the recording. Take the short quiz, and then review the Follow-Up questions. Then, look for opportunities to use the new vocabulary, either at school, in email, or in situations where you might interact with people in English.
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