Updated: Jun 5, 2018
Different students have been complaining that they can’t seem to remember the words they need when they speak English. I’m not sure there are really secrets to learning vocabulary, but I do think that each learner needs to discover what study practices work best for him or her. Perhaps the key is to guide them by explaining what kind of practices they need to develop.
Here are some ideas to share with learners:
1*Combine speaking and writing:
Writing prompts reflection. I have tried through my conversation class tolead my students to an effective process of speaking that starts mainly with writing.
while writing on a piece of paper their generated ideas, they tend to attain an easier way unto the subject in question.
yet writing down the ideas during this exact class means Only a draft with the main ideas or the key words that they believe it fits their opinions, no paragraphs are needed here and so, the words that are written and chosen might be easier to be used.
I offer corrections and suggested wording, so they can draw from my feedback when they write their notes. In the process, their confidence with vocabulary and grammar generally increases.
2*Study the context.
It’s helpful to recall the context in which you heard a new word. Not only will this help you piece together the meaning, but you’ll also be able to feel when and where the word should be used.
A playback of a film clip or a flashback to a page in a novel can be mentally attached to a word. It’s like a multimedia vocabulary notebook stored in your mind.
Visualize the word and its spelling. Replay the original example in your head. Pay attention to pronunciation and grammar. How was the word used?
3*Create your own Vocabulary Bank:
Having a real vocabulary notebook is a great idea, whether it’s kept on paper or in some digital form. You can’t store too much new information in your head. If you have key points written down, such as the word, its definition, and an example, you can review more easily. Eventually, it will stick.
when you forget a word during a conversation, be sure to look it up later in your notebook. Go through the conversation again and restate your ideas using the words you want. Refer to your notebook as needed.
How Can I help my students face their problem of speaking?