Vocabulary is central to English language teaching. Without sufficient vocabulary, students cannot understand others or express their own ideas. Teachers who find the task of teaching English vocabulary a little daunting are not alone! This book presents important issues from recent vocabulary research and theory so that teachers may approach teaching vocabulary in a principled, thoughtful way. Topics covered are understanding vocabulary, importance of vocabulary, relevant research findings, students' vocabulary levels, and teaching vocabulary effectively. This easy-to-follow guide is practical for teachers in any context and provides helpful reflections that offer ideas for your own vocabulary teaching.
ABOUT THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHER DEVELOPMENT SERIES,THOMAS S. C. FARRELL, SERIES EDITOR: What is the latest research, and how do I use it in my classroom? The pressure is intense for language teachers to update their knowledge in curriculum trends, research, theory and practice, technology, or assessment. The need to update is certainly not a reflection of inadequately trained teachers but is due to the nature of a profession that continuously reinvents itself. The English Language Teacher Development Series is a set of short resource books written in a jargon-free and accessible manner for all types of teachers of English (native and nonnative speakers of English, experienced and novice teachers). The Series offers a theory-to-practice approach, a variety of practical methods, and time for reflections that allow teachers to interact with the materials presented. The books can be used in preservice settings, in-service courses, and by individuals looking for ways to refresh their practice.