Tips on Choosing Vocabulary to Teach

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When choosing words to teach, consider these criteria:

(1) Importance and usefulness – choose words that are likely to come up again in other contexts. Students should be able to use these words outside the classroom.

(2) Mature thinking – Do your students understand the general concept? Choose words that provide more precise and mature ways for students to express themselves.

(3) Instructional potential – The words that you choose to teach in a vocabulary lesson will need to be practiced with and used in a variety of communicative activities. Make sure the words you choose can be worked with in a variety of ways to encourage this. 

To make the best use of class time, focus on words that fit all three criteria.

image taken from: uscitizenshipteachers.org

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