How do you teach vocabulary?

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It is tempting to teach one word at a time…

after all this is how they usually appear in dictionaries. However, words often have close associations with other words that we, as native speakers, take for granted and hardly notice. This means we can often predict what follows certain words. Try these:

Fish and ……..
I don’t like working unsociable ……..
What on …….. are you doing!

Helping students to appreciate these connections will help them speak fluently and listen effectively.

Strings of words are everywhere. Look at these:

on account of
in order to
in the end
by and large
as things stand
white-collar worker
keep a lookout

Listen for strings (or more technically, collocations) as you overhear people in shops or on the bus!

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