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Vocabulary: Ways to Extend Student Learning

Vocabulary: Ways to Extend Student Learning

Tuesday 22nd January 2019 - 3pm GMT

About the webinar

We often suggest to our learners that reading will help increase their vocabulary. However, in order for students to read fluently, they should ideally use graded readers that limit the lexical load. It is also assumed that students will learn vocabulary incidentally when they read. This is useful, but it doesn’t always mean that students engage with new lexis in a lot of depth and extend their range as much as possible. This webinar will look at ways of helping learners engage with vocabulary during lessons and as part of an independent learning programme. We will look at some freely available online resources that can supplement course book vocabulary activities and we will also examine some strategies that learners can deploy when they are using a graded reader. In doing so, we will take into consideration that the fact that vocabulary consists of chunks of language and not just individual words. This webinar aims to be a practical session based on the presenter’s classroom experience.

About the speaker

Craig Thaine has been involved in ELT for 30 years. He is Cambridge DTEFLA qualified and also has an MA (Hons.) in Applied Linguistics. He has worked as a teacher and teacher trainer in many different countries. He is currently Director of Teacher Training at Languages International, Auckland and is a Cambridge ESOL Teaching Awards assessor for both the CELTA and Delta schemes. He has extensive experience developing and teaching English language courses to adult learners, including ESP and EAP.


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