This is a lesson plan for Intermediate to Advanced level learners of English, EFL, ESL, and ESOL.
Let’s talk about the topic of Englishness. What does it mean to be English? Why are English people so… well, you know. Right? Here are the 40 vocabulary words and phrases that best describe Englishness.
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Can you teach an old dog new ELT tricks?
Yes, you can in my case! Here are some of the new lesson ideas that I tried out while working at a language school in the UK this summer. Feel free to try them yourselves – they worked really well for me! If you need any further information about the activities, please contact me here or via Twitter @purlandtraining
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I used to teach vocabulary differently than I do now. I taught single words and grammar. I had taught in a classroom setting before I started teaching online. My students learnt all the new words well. I even had tests to help them remember new words. They always did well when they did the tests. However, when they tried to use the vocabulary during a speaking or written activity, they would sound so unnatural. That’s when I started my collocations journey. I started researching, and reading and I found out about the Lexical approach by Michael Lewis. A new approach to teaching vocabulary and grammar. It was the most exciting thing I had read about as a teacher. I started implementing its teachings straightaway.
These are some of the points I found most useful:
The brain stores and retrieves word chunks quickly
Collocations are words that sound natural together to native speakers of English
Collocations help you produce natural English
It improves your spoken and written fluency
It helps you to build a larger vocabulary bank
Successful language is more important that accurate language
What should you do now that you know this information?
Use a collocations dictionary online and if you can buy a hard-copy (watch my video to help you learn how to use a collocations dictionary)
Start taking notes of new word chunks
Start listening and reading more
Learn the seven different types of collocations and examples and start noticing them (download the poster to stick on your wall)