Teaching Vocabulary in the EFL Classroom

Teaching Vocabulary

by Scott Zimmermann, D.A.
Vocabulary is paramount in the classroom. According to Jack C. Richards, “Vocabulary, of course, is basic to all the skills.” Indeed, a student's ability to produce and understand lexical items is crucial to his speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills.

Students typically pause when giving a response, and they use that moment to search their memories for the word or phrase needed to complete their ideas. In view of this, it is surprising that pronunciation and grammar have often been given more attention than vocabulary in EFL . . .

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