Playing with words/ Working with words/ Learning words

Christine Frank
Start time
Saturday 8 June, 14:00
End time
Saturday 8 June, 15:00
The Place
Canberra

Students traditionally learn lists of words, which results in their having extensive passive vocabulary and limited active vocabulary. Consequently they cannot express their ideas, neither in speaking nor in writing, fluently.
This workshop focuses on ways of helping the students to increase their active vocabulary. Initially we will look at what the students have to know when learning vocabulary items together with activities that can be integrated at any level in the presentation of new vocabulary.
In an ideal situation the students should be given the opportunity to practise new words looking at meaning (translation of items into the mother tongue), form (pronunciation and spelling), collocation (partnerships and associations) and appropriateness (the difference between spoken and written language and register).
I personally would not recommend introducing new vocabulary in a text as the students learn the word in the context of that text and consequently the words are trapped for the learner. I prefer that, as far as possible, words should be introduced as single items and practised accordingly. The students should be encouraged to come up with their own contexts, which they share with other members of the group.
We will go on to deal with the repetition and recycling of known vocabulary using techniques of definition, association and categorization taking into account visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners.

About Christine Frank

After completing my Postgraduate Diploma in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language at Manchester University in 1974 I came to Germany where I have worked as a teacher, teacher trainer and author.
In summer 1974 I taught with Mario Rinvolucri on the first summer courses that Pilgrims offered. Since that time I have had close contacts with Pilgrims working on courses run in Canterbury and workshops and seminars throughout the world often in collaboration with the British Council.
In Germany I have taught in school, given teacher training seminars in the field of adult education and presentations for the publishers Klett and Langenscheidt.

Looking forward to seeing you
all in Bratislava

7th-8th June 2019

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