ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Education and Science»
  • Teaching

How To Teach Vocabulary to Your ESL Students?

Updated on August 17, 2012

What is vocabulary?


Vocabulary is many words to different learners. It is a set of words learn through time, age and constant reading and studying. For teachers, vocabulary is introduce in such a way that is easy for students to comprehend the language. Teaching vocabulary is easy as long as the teacher is using different method to introduce the words or the set of words in fun and stimulating way.

Why vocabulary is important in learning English language?


The main reason why ESL students need to know or learn vocabulary as many as they can is that, for them to understand the spoken or written text. Studies have shown that the more students know the words, it is easy for them to express and understand the language. Reading comprehension and vocabulary knowledge are correlated. Students would respond to the text accordingly as they comprehend the language.

Independent learners are interested more in expanding their vocabulary through reading and writing. If the students are exposed primarily to the language, vocabulary is very easy for them.


What is the ideal number of vocabulary to teach?


The average learner learns about 3,000 words per year. The ideal number of vocabulary a student should learn each day is 6-8 words. More than that, it is unlikely be remembered.

Ways to teach vocabulary


When an ESL teacher teach vocabulary to students, following the constructed lesson plan is ideal. Teacher's lesson plan should include these important points:

  • 7-8 vocabulary words and its definition.
  • Its context and how it is used.
  • At the end of the lesson, students should know or learn to use the words.

Now, every teachers has different method on how to teach vocabulary. No matter what strategies and methods the teacher is using, there is only one definite goal to meet--students should know how and when to use the words.

Note: Do not simply introduce the words and let students memorize the definition, create an activity that students would enjoy, which is related to the new words being introduced.

Another way to teach vocabulary is let students process the words through:

  • students will know how to use the words in creating a sentence.
  • producing antonyms and synonyms in order for students to remember the words.
  • encourage students to write their own definitions of the words.
  • let students write or site an example of any situations related to the words.

Play a game.

Organizing a game that is related to the group of words being introduced is always a great method to teach vocabulary. Active play is an stimulating activity. Students would likely to remember the words associated with the activity. There are many word games that you can incorporate throughout. Puzzles, Taboo, hot seat, and other vocabulary activity are few to mention word games out there.




Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)