Word lists in class

2 Feb
  • Put students into pairs or small groups. Tell them to focus on a selection of words from their word list. Ask them to organise the words into groups / categories. It’s important to point out that there are no wrong or right answers here. The pairs / groups then exchange their ideas, explaining their rationale.
  • Here are some ideas from Jeremy Harmer (2012, p.54). Tell students to focus on a selection of words from their word list. Ask them which five words they would take with them to a desert island and why. Alternatively, ask them to decide which words they will put in the fridge (they’ll keep them for later), the dustbin (they don’t need the words) or their suitcase (because they want to use them now).
  • And here are a couple of ideas from Nick Bilbrough (2011, p. 80). (1) ‘Learners work in pairs with about 10 language items. They write a dialogue or a very short story which uses all of the items they have picked. These are then performed or read out to the others. The pairs who are listening can be asked to guess which words the speakers were challenged to use.’ (2) ‘Learners create a wordsearch, a crossword or another type of puzzle where the words to be reviewed are the answers. This can be done with pen and paper or online at a website such as http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/ Learners then try to find the answers to each other’s puzzles.

One Response to “Word lists in class”


  1. My Word Lists | Teacher to Learner - February 4, 2014

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