Sunday, April 3, 2011

Activity 15- Vocabulary Wall

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This is not an activity, but rather a strategy that can be used with any level.

  • Choose one part of the classroom wall to put a large piece of paper (or a cardboard)
  • At the beginning of each new lesson or unit, ask a student if they saw any new words which they didn’t understand or if there were words in their texts that they found particularly difficult.
  • Each class one student can be responsible for adding new words to the chart on the wall.
  • Before the class starts, spend some time reviewing the vocabulary wall – students should know how to pronounce a word, how to spell it, and how to use it in a sentence.
  • The vocabulary wall can be removed and replaced with a new one whenever the teacher finds it’s time to do so.

Tip: this strategy can also be used for reviewing irregular verb forms of any grammar point you are teaching.

Source: Adapted from Dörnyei, Z. (2001). Motivational Strategies in the Language Classroom.   
             CUP, Cambridge.
             Adapted from Hess, N. (2001). Teaching Large Multilevel Classes. CUP, Cambridge.

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