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Tag: words

Helping Students Pronounce <TH>

Many non-native learners have difficulty pronouncing the <th> sounds because they aren’t present in most other languages. Here are some ways you can address pronunciation at beginner stages.

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Poker Idioms

Play poker with your students, teaching them terminology along the way. Afterward, take a look at some common expressions which are literal for poker but can also be applied to other contexts as idioms.

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Vocab Evaluation

The more students write, the more they should expand their vocabulary. However, it’s natural to develop favorite words, which can be overused. Try creating word clouds to see which words your students are using too much, then come up with some synonyms.

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Word Puzzle Tactics

Word Puzzles and Word Games are a fun, engaging, and effective way to practice vocabulary, spelling pronunciation, word-building, and more. If you’d like to try some with your students, here are some tips to give them.

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Communicating Without Words

Using words is the most obvious way to communicate, but it’s not the only way.  It may not even necessarily be the best way.  Using alternate ways of communicating may be more fun or more effective.

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3 Alternate Ways to Teach Idioms

With idioms, students already know the words that make up the expression. But since idioms aren’t to be taken literally, they still need to learn the meaning. Instead of teaching idioms like you would other vocabulary terms, why not build off what they already know?

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Define Your Own Terms

There are lots of long, strange-sounding, technical terms that we don’t use outside the classroom, so why confuse students by teaching them? Instead, make up your own terms for for those concepts.

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Comics Can Grow Reading Skills and Habits

For any student who can’t read very well or doesn’t like to read, I recommend comic books. This medium has advantages that picture books, chapter books, and novels don’t have.  Comics can both provide motivation and aid in reading comprehension.

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Vocab-Building through Associations

There’s a lot of vocabulary to learn, but thankfully plenty of words are related to each other.  Learning words by associating them with each other helps us to remember those words later.  You can help students establish and strengthen those connections in your students’ minds.

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