Teachers’ Guide: How to Build Students’ Vocabulary


How do teachers track the progress of their English students? Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO, explains, “An ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher can also measure the progress of his students by how much their vocabulary has expanded. From there, he can take the students to the next level, using longer, more complicated words. The key is familiarity to the extent and context by which the words are used in conversations and in writing.”

How can a teacher speed up his students’acquisition of words and phrases? Viesca offers these tips:

1. Make a list of words to introduce in your daily lesson plan.

2. Back these up with pictures or illustrations. Inject fun into the exercises to facilitate recall.

3. Practice pronouncing the words.

4. Discuss the meaning of the words.

5. Use them in sentences. Let students formulate their own sentences.

6. Engage them in writing exercises using these words.

7. Incorporate past words in the exercises until they become part of the vocabulary.

8. Have a dictionary available.

9. Teach students to negotiate meaning by understanding the context. Looking for the connection of sentences in the paragraph can provide the clue.

10. Praise them for the good work.

“Teaching is the profession that teaches all other professions.”- Unknown

TalkShop offers Teaching English certification using Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) that Sheila Viesca pioneered in 2002. This methodology fuses the creative learning style of the East and the communicative teaching approach the West. It is a “tapestry”approach that can interweave all language skills – reading, writing, listening, speaking, with grammar that makes TalkShop’s program holistic, relevant, and meaningful.

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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication, took up Bachelor of Arts in Literature, pursued Master's degrees in Entrepreneurship and Economics, and completed her Doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN


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