3 Activities for Vocabulary Retention
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There is no disputing the fact that learning vocabulary is one of the building blocks of learning a language. Without grammar a learner can still get by but without vocabulary there is no hope. So it makes sense that we, as teachers, want to focus on teaching vocabulary to our learners.
There are loads of different ideas and strategies to deal with vocabulary learning but the fact remains that it is an integral part of our EFL lessons. As such, here we have a few ideas to add to your collection for activities to help with vocabulary retention.
3 Vocabulary Retention Tips
A lot of the time we come across words during our lessons which are not clearly related. These may not be the vocabulary items we set out to teach during the lesson but we end up teaching them anyway. In these cases it becomes necessary to find a way to put the words into context. In other words, spend some time on the usage of the words in order to help your learners find hooks to connect the new words with those they already know.
Give your students some time to visualise the word as they see fit. In this way every learner comes up with their own interpretation of the word which will help them remember the meaning. What can be useful for this activity is to bring in elements of sight and sound as well. Colour and sound have been shown to improve recall so if your students can add colour and sound to their images so much the better.
Repetition, repetition, repetition
Repetition is the key to vocabulary retention. However, learning words and their meanings by heart is not a lot of fun. As teachers we need to come up with interesting games and activities to motivate our learners to engage with vocabulary on a regular basis. Here are a few ideas for repetition games:
- Pictionary – learners draw a word and their team must guess the word from their drawing
- Half a crossword – learners must complete a crossword with a partner; each learner must make up clues to give their partner
- Back to the board – one member of each team sits with their back to the board; the teacher writes a word or phrase on the board and the other members of the team must describe it to the one with their back to the board
- Strangers on a train – each learner is given a word or phrase they must use; in pairs or groups the learners must have conversations together and try to use their word or phrase as naturally as possible; afterwards the other learners must guess what the word was
When teaching vocabulary, don’t forget to make it as fun and entertaining as possible. This will ensure that no matter what technique you use you will be successful!
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- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.