Teaching Vocabulary and ICT Vocabulary Applications: Unit 2 reflection and application

Teaching vocabulary can be tricky, but  not if you relate it to contexts which students can associate with. Remember:

  • Provide students with continuous opportunities for applying words in receptive and productive situations
  • Recycle often, even if doing so isn’t included in the textbook
  • Give your students more than the basic vocabulary: gradual expansion is the key
  • Organize words to help students organize their knowledge.
Be aware of
  • cultural considerations with connotations
  • word changes through form.
I invite you to read this E-how Website where you can get ideas for posting activities for students in your blogs.
Watch this helpful video by the Cambridge University Press for helping expose vocabulary to students; and watch this video by TEFL videos about teaching with timelines.
On Saturday we touched the theme of sight words, also known as function words. 220 of them reside in a list called the Dolch list, and most of these words are taught at beginning levels of English as a foreign language; but students have great difficulty learning them. Why are they so difficult to keep straight? Are they easily memorized? Watch this video by Improve-Education which gives us some ideas of Sight Words and Functions words.
Vocabulary is one of the foundations of learning language and it is just as important as grammar when learning a language. We learn and produce vocabulary by using words we learn in context.

Look at this slideshare presentation, Teaching Vocabulary. Did you learn anything new?

The Internet is full of activities that students can practice and play vocabulary on. Look at the slideshare presentation ICT Tools for Teaching Vocabulary.  What game, worksheet, interactive Web tool or just plain fun activity did you like from this presentation or any other space? You can use any of these ideas or tools to share on your blog. Set up your own game using the words that you must learn from the TKT glossary and create and play with your own game.

Write your ideas in a reflection for your blog and link us to the site you recommend. Include: Why do you recommend this tool? How would you use it with your learners?

We are all looking forward to sharing great vocabulary learning tips, strategies, and ideas. Please post your ontribution in a timely manner, not at the last minute, so we can all review them before next weekend. Happy searching and experiementing!

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Fun ways to learn vocabulary

Do you remember memorizing lists of words, some of them with no apparent relationship? Friday came along, and it was test time! Not only did you have to know the word’s definition, you had to spell it correctly also.
Well, I think those days might be past. There are so many different tools available on the Web 2.0 that memorizing is a thing of the past. Just take a look at this article by the Edblogger, about a new toy…I mean tool called Memrise. You can even adapt the Mural.ly to help review all the glossary terms and show the relationship they have with each other.

Since part of this course is learning about the terminology that unites us English teachers around the world, and some of you are advanced in your tech knowledge, I invite you to set up a section for TKT glossary vocabulary for public sharing, using Memrise or to set up a mural with Mural.ly. It could be a great way to study yourself!

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TKT and FCE Results are IN!!!!!!!

Hello Candidates!

If you took a TKT or FCE exam last July, the exam results just came in.

You can pick up your certificates  in the office of the Department of Languages between 8:30 and 2:30 or from 1:30 to 5:30 on Saturdays.

Good luck and keep in touch!

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The Grammar Thing

Just how much grammar should a person know in order to teach English? Perhaps for beginning classes, not much; however, knowing the grammatical structure of the language you teach might help you even with beginners.

What do you think? How much should you know? How important is grammar in ELT?

Check out Carmeyrose’s youtube videos http://www.youtube.com/user/carmeyrose) :



Here is a PPT you can look at to review the nine parts of speech. U1 Grammar parts of speech. Also, please visit under TKT support, Your Teacher Trainer for great grammar practice.

Answer the above question in a comment on this post. Search the Internet for other fun’ ways to learn grammar and include your suggestion and your findings in a post you write on your own blog.

Your comment will not appear right away. First I have to approve each one. Please only post one time. I will see it even if you don’t see your comment right away.

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Great Tool: Movie Segments for Grammar Goals

Ever get caught in the “explanation” game, where the teacher-centered explanation, the worksheets you supply, and the extra practice you give on drill exercises all together don’t seem to help all your students get the grammar point?

Sometimes you just have to use material outside the coursebook.
Teachers around the world who blog share ideas about waking up your classes. Eva in Turkey’s suggests maintaining and adding information on a excel page that she started: songs to teach grammar. Check it out; it contains more than Beatles songs and you can get many ideas for using songs int he classroom.

If you like movies and would like to use those in your home collection, Claudio in Brazil has collected a mountain of information and linked movie scenes from present and past films to grammar points with great lesson ideas to help your teaching become student-centered.

Try it…it is more interesting than teacher explanations of grammar! Movie Segments to Assess Grammar.

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Just leave a comment on this post and we will return your inquiry about how it works.

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Welcome: sign up and personalize your blog

Hello TKT Candidates.

Your anthology will be in Master Copy, located on Avenida Universidad and Dinamarca, at the entrance to the parking lot. Make sure you have a copy of the anthology for the first day of class.

The TKT books will be on sale at the Language Department the first day of class.
If you have any questions, send me an email or a Whatsapp and I can help you out.

I am looking forward to working with you.

As you settle into your blogs and collect your materials for class, I’d like to ask you to go farther than you imagined. Take your blog to the next level.
Those of you who have personalized your welcome post and eliminated the preset comment are on their way. The next step is to tell a little about yourself on the preset page.

On WordPress blogs this is a tag at the top named About. On Edublogs this is also a tag at the top. Since one of the first tasks we will do with the blog will be using the About sections, this step is important.
Those adventurers who would like to optimize your blogs can continue following the steps in the Teacher Challenge instructions. The more you do now the better set you will be for class. Learn how to upload photos, videos, and link to articles. Learn how to develop your learning community through your blog roll. Look at other people’s blogs and get to know them.

I know that for some this is a steep learning curve. It will be worth it in the end as we flatten our classroom walls and learn different ways to teach.
Most importantly, don’t stress out and have fun!


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Welcome to the TKT Course

You made it! You are about to embark on a journey that will help you be not just a well-prepared teacher to take the TKT exams, but also a great teacher with lots of tricks, tools and toys up his or her sleeve.

Welcome to the TKT Preparation Course I am very excited about starting a fresh semester with you.

TKT is a course and test about teaching English to speakers of other languages. In this course, you will not only be learning strategies to help you pass the test but you will also discover strategies, techniques and methods to improve your teaching.
You might end up shaking your foundations and at the very least, breaking your own traditions to let some new ones in.

Subscribe to the blog for any new posts or pages. In order to grow with this course you must participate in the post forums in an active and substantial manner. Please read the page Blogging Guidelines, located in a tab at the top of this page for details on how to post.

Substantial= 75 words initial post with minimum amount of grammar and spelling mistakes. 25 words minimum to reply to someone. Posting,”Good job!” will not make it here.

Special Requirements:
80% attendance to class session (presencial)
100% self-discovery work, essays, posts, and assignments, online or offline….you must embark on your learning journey
80% GPA on the three exams

As part of the class you will create your own blog which you will use in this class as your interconnected b-portfolio. Two blog spaces are recommended: WordPress.com or Edublogs.org with my preference being Wrodpress. Both sites will walk you through the set up process. Set up your blog before class starts; you may use the link on the right of this page entitled Teacher Challenge; this is a step-by-step procedural to help you set up your blog.

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