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How can we learn vocabulary?

I have been doing this in my class every year but just this year had the necessary creativity to write everything down and draw my posters to put up in my class, more my style.

The posters are to put up in your class walls to have a continuous visual reference for your students, so every time you ask them for one of these concepts they can use them to answer or refresh their memory.

In addition to the idea and the posters, you can check this post out to get to know better how to use these materials and to see more ideas and resources in action.

An idea to use the posters: 
  • when you are teaching/learning vocabulary ask your students directly referring to one of these categories
  • let your students explore all these categories before helping them to understand a word, let them gain their independence acquiring the language by themselves.

Another ideas to learn vocabulary: 
  • Research is saying that memory recall increases when students write down notes. Let them have five minutes each class to hand write the vocabulary list for that class in their notebooks. 
  • I also use an online platform [Edmodo, Haiku, etc] to keep track of the vocabulary seen in class and at the end of the week they take a tiny-little quiz on the vocabulary learnt, usually five minutes to explain five words. This activity also help them to develop time-management skills.
  • Recycle your vocabulary. After the quiz I can find out if my students are learning or not that vocabulary. If they haven't we recycle the words they are struggling with and re-teach them in a different way [hands-on, visual, listening ...]
  • Personal connections are crucial to place words into our internal lexicon. If the student is able to find a familiar situation that connects the new word to something she/he knows it will be easier for her/him to remember that new word.

Estrategias para aprender palabras [McDowell, 1984]:
    • Escribir la palabra
    • Escribirla junto a su traducción
    • Relacionarla con otras palabras [por la forma o el contenido]
    • Intentar recordar cómo suena
    • Asociar su sonido al de otras palabras
    • Repetirla mentalmente
    • Pensar en un contexto en el que utilizarla
    • Asociarla con un sinónimo o con un antónimo
    • Formarse una imagen mental de la palabra o del objeto
    • Hacer un dibujo o un signo gráfico

    Thinking about high-level vocabulary and scoring highly in your exams? 
    I have no special talents
    I am only passionately curious
    Albert Einstein

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