..or phrasal verbs?
My second LSA was a systems one, and I chose vocabulary. Chunky, piecemeal, lots of fun activities to keep learners engaged and quantifiable ways to demonstrate learning towards the end – this was going to be fun!
And it was – fun. But it wasn’t easy. Multiword verbs are such a vast field of language that it took me a lot of reading to wrap my head around their semantics and systems. Not only that, I had to understand what the Lexical Approach is and then, how to teach vocabulary using this approach – because hey, we’re in 2012 (and now in 2016!) and you can’t not be using the lexical approach in teaching vocabulary. (more…)
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OK. So you know that vocabulary is important for IELTS. But really, did you know it is THE most important factor in increasing your band score? So what do I mean by vocabulary? Good vocabulary does not mean big words. In fact, quite the opposite. Having a good vocabulary means using:
- Collocations e.g. bar of soap, utterly stupid etc.
- Common phrasal verbs e.g. ask around, break down etc.
- Fixed and semi-fixed expressions eg. little did I know, all of a sudden
- Less commonly used words and phrases e.g. interpersonal skills, broaden my horizons, human existence
So how does one go about developing a good vocabulary that can enable you to get a better band score? Here’s what I tell my students: (more…)