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Knowledge Acquisition

Teaching Key Topic Vocabulary


  1. Strategy Overview
    Strategy Source
    Sarah Burkitt, experienced TEFL and ESL teacher

    What is this strategy about?
    There are many strategies to teaching key vocabulary but all should involve repetition, repetition, repetition and reinforcing the words with real-world context. These strategies are applicable to all pupils learning new vocab.

    Why is teaching students new vocabulary important?
    Vocabulary is crucial to reading comprehension. Comprehension improves when you know what the words mean. As children learn to read more advanced texts, they must learn the meaning of new words that are not part of their everyday-vocabulary in order to understand it.

    How can support children to learn new vocabulary?
    Encourage pupils to keep vocabulary notebooks to record words and definitions as they come across them. If there are no small notebooks available then ask them to dedicate the last two pages in their book to them. Or, use visuals to reinforce what the written word is (e.g. a picture of a sword next to the word “sword”).

    Click here to learn How to Teach Vocabulary effectively.
  2. Choose this strategy if you want to...
    - Improve pupils’ retention of key vocabulary
    - Have a structured approach in your delivery and around your classroom

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