delexical verbs 2

This second post on delexical verbs observes use of the students’ mother tongue in monolingual classes, as it is very much the case in most teaching situations. As Scott Thornbury puts wisely in his article T is for Translation, “with some structures (such as the future perfect) translation could be the most economical way of presenting them”. The students will be translating sentences into their … Continue reading delexical verbs 2

vocabulary lists

Linguist David Wilkins wrote in 1972: “Without grammar little can be conveyed, without vocabulary nothing can be conveyed”. Memorizing vocabulary is paramount to language competence and keeping vocabulary lists is a good way to consolidate it and provide spaced encounters and repetition. In this post, I will try to give you a few tips on how to keep vocabulary lists that you may want to … Continue reading vocabulary lists

phrasal verbs 3

This is the third and last post on the series of phrasal verbs. In this final activity the focus is on writing. The students will be consolidating the newly acquired vocabulary through writing short news stories. This activity can take place in the classroom but if you have already done any of the suggested classroom activities under the headings phrasal verbs 1 and phrasal verbs … Continue reading phrasal verbs 3

top three posts of 2017

Another year over… In this last post of 2017 I will be highlighting the top three posts of the year according to the number of visits in reverse order. Click on the images to read the full posts. At number 3 Word Challenge 2. In Word Challenge 2 students look for words and expressions they are curious about related to a given topic and then create … Continue reading top three posts of 2017

phrasal verbs 1

This activity revises phrasal verbs students are familiar with. It implies a bit of imagination or drawing skills (or both) in addition to language competence. Select about 10 phrasal verbs you would like to revise with your students. I will be using this list as an example for an Upper-Intermediate class. You will be using your own. run after: chase (police running after a thief) … Continue reading phrasal verbs 1