The 10 Best Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary in the Classroom Podcast

This podcast was quite interesting in the sense that both educators were able to provide valuable information about ELL. Their information can be extremely helpful for other ESL teachers who are in the field, however I noticed that both guests did not mention any strategies or pedagogical methods in the field of teaching second language learners. They only mentioned some games and a couple of anecdotes which occurred with second language learners.

The process of learning a new language can be a daunting experience for second language learners. Therefore, it is important that instructors adapt techniques that will assist the students during the learning process. For example, grouping students can be beneficial for the students for a number of reasons. This will definitely will give students the opportunity to be productive in the target language. Another benefit is that it breaks down the barriers, and therefore creates a smooth atmosphere in the classroom. Most importantly, grouping students is based on cooperative learning, which promotes cooperation rather than competition among students. Because the whole point of having a teacher is that students may not be able to understand the academic concepts from the textbook or learning material clearly. As such, the teachers, with the use of examples, aiding tools and tutorials, should be able to communicate effectively to all students. Therefore, an excellent teacher should be a great communicator. Fo, using visuals and graphic organizers can be extremely beneficial for ELL. For example, some teachers adapt a pre-reading activity in which they create a segment of several pictures and have the students connect the words to the pictures. After accomplishing the process of pairing the words with the pictures, they would start the second phase which aims at helping the students to construct these words into sentences. This will be done through structuring simplified questions in which the students will answer through connecting the words with the visuals that are displayed.


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