- Using age-appropriate vocabulary books, I pronounce words, explain them and offer ways to help students remember them.
- At each lesson we review some vocabulary words from past lessons.
- With the words the student has already studied, I create vocabulary quizzes for homework.
Many young ESL students I teach lack the ordinary vocabulary that native speakers of English have at the same age. Showing pictures is often effective for a words like “oxen,” “patio” or “cello,” so I keep picture dictionaries at my home. Sometimes I draw pictures. But when the child reaches third or fourth grade, usually a vocabulary book helps. And by middle school, almost every student needs to be augmenting his vocabulary unless she reads widely and for hours a day.
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