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by Julie Moore

At lower levels, it makes sense to teach a core vocabulary based around the most frequent 2000-3000 words, but beyond that where do we go? Many students develop a core productive vocabulary that allows them to operate within their comfort zone and although their receptive vocabulary continues to grow, the range of words and phrases they actually use often stagnates.

In this session, we’ll look at some key concepts in vocabulary learning and their implications for teaching students beyond intermediate/B1 level. We’ll examine what it means to ‘learn’ a word. We’ll explore the difference between receptive and productive vocabulary. We’ll also look at teaching about features of vocabulary rather than just focusing on specific lexical items, equipping students with the tools to develop their own vocabulary in areas that are relevant to their personal needs. I’ll be introducing the principles and a bit of research, but also demonstrating plenty of practical ways to make vocabulary activities for post-intermediate students more challenging, more focused and more effective.

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  • Start Time
    March 6 - 2:00 pm
  • End Time
    March 6 - 4:00 pm
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