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Teaching ESL/EFL Vocabulary

Do you sometimes wonder if the vocabulary your textbook is teaching is really what your ESL students need to learn? Well, you're not alone. Many teachers long to have a more precise and effective way of helping their students learn English vocabulary, and in this course, I'll show you how.

You'll explore the most powerful way of teaching vocabulary as you teach ESL: across the four strands. These four strands include meaning-focused input (listening and reading), meaning-focused output (speaking and writing), language-focused (deliberate) learning, and fluency development. By the end of this course, you'll understand what makes a well-balanced vocabulary course and how to design one of your own!

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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Teaching ESL/EFL Vocabulary

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Teaching ESL/EFL Vocabulary Details + Objective

Course Code: etv

You Will Learn
  • Discover what the different types of vocabulary are, as well as how to accurately assess what your students already know
  • Explore the most powerful way of teaching vocabulary as you teach ESL: across the four strands
  • Find ways to evaluate how successful your vocabulary activities are
  • Learn how to teach vocabulary with content-based instruction
  • Explore how to monitor your students' learning
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Become a more effective teacher as you learn to teach the vocabulary students really need
  • Open the door to new opportunities in teaching ESL/EFL students
Teaching ESL/EFL Vocabulary Outline
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Week 1

You'll get acquainted with the different types and levels of vocabulary, and you'll see how to discover just what vocabulary your students need to learn. You'll also learn ways to teach the words you're students will most need to know and how to handle the words they won't run into so often. Then, discover how to create a well-balanced vocabulary course by balancing four strands: (1) meaning-focused input (listening and reading), (2) meaning-focused output (speaking and writing), (3) language-focused (or deliberate) learning, and (4) fluency development.

Week 2

Learn two essential parts to the first strand of meaning-focused input: extensive reading and extensive listening. Then, look at some of the how-tos connected with the second strand: meaning-focused output.

Week 3

In this lesson, we're going to look at some activities you can use with deliberate, or language-focused, learning to help your students learn single words and multi-word units (like idioms and figures of speech). Then, look at the strand that helps students be able to confidently use what they've learned: fluency. You'll see why it's so important to give 25% of your class time to fluency development and how you can do it with interesting and challenging listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities.

Week 4

Explore four of the most useful strategies to help your students learn low-frequency vocabulary words: guessing from context, using word cards, analyzing word parts, and using the dictionary. Then, learn how to prepare your learners for high school or college by equipping them with two vital levels of vocabulary: academic and technical.

Week 5

Learn how you can tell if your vocabulary activities are working well and how to improve them for maximum effectiveness. Then, explore some of the ways you can help your second-language learners cope with the vocabulary they'll be meeting in different content areas.

Week 6

Learn the most effective ways to test your students’ vocabulary knowledge. And finally, we're going to explore a model that will help you in the course design process and how and why you should evaluate your course’s effectiveness.

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Teaching ESL/EFL Vocabulary Instructors
Paul Nation

Paul Nation is Professor of Applied Linguistics in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has taught in Indonesia, Thailand, the United States, Finland, and Japan. His specialist interests are language teaching methodology and vocabulary learning. Paul's latest books include Focus on Vocabulary (2007) from NCELTR/Macquarie, Teaching Vocabulary: Strategies and Techniques (2008) from Heinle Cengage Learning, Teaching ESL/EFL Listening and Speaking with Jonathan Newton (2009) from Routledge, and Teaching ESL/EFL Reading and Writing (2009), also from Routledge.

Kieran File

Kieran File will be your facilitator in the Discussion Areas. He has taught English in ESL and EFL contexts in Australia, Japan, Vietnam and New Zealand. He has a real interest in vocabulary learning and teaching.

Teaching ESL/EFL Vocabulary Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Teaching ESL/EFL Vocabulary Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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