5 Activities To Revise Vocabulary In A Meaningful Way
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We’ve spoken before about the importance of learning vocabulary when learning a language and also about how essential revision of that vocabulary is. Because it’s such an important aspect of our EFL classroom, we thought we’d give you a few more ideas to revise vocabulary in a meaningful way.
Most vocabulary revision activities focus on remembering individual words or phrases and their meanings in isolation.
While this is certainly useful, it is necessary to further revise language in appropriate contexts. In other words, vocabulary should be revised with activities that practice using the language in its appropriate situations.
Here are 7 activities which can help you do just that.
Give the students a set of random pictures. These pictures do not have to relate directly to the vocabulary being revised. Ask the students to choose a picture and describe the situation utilising as many of the target vocabulary items as possible. For example, they may simply describe the scene or they may use the picture as the backdrop of a story.
2 Truths and a Lie
This is an age-old EFL classroom game and it can be manipulated to be a handy revision activity. Each student must come up with three sentences about themselves. Two of the sentences must be true and one of the sentences must be a lie. The only prerequisite for these sentences is that they must contain the target vocabulary items. Students must then read their sentences aloud to other students who must guess which sentence is false.
For example, if the target vocabulary to be revised is extreme adjectives, three sentences may be:
The hottest place I’ve been to is Dubai, when it was 55 degrees. It was boiling.
The last time I was exhausted was after I ran the Boston marathon.
My kitchen is filthy because I’m allergic to cleaning.
Q & A
Using the target vocabulary items, the students must write questions they can ask their classmates. These questions can relate to anything. Let the students mingle and ask each other their questions and discuss their answers.
Write the target language on the board. Put the students in small groups. Each student in turn must say a sentence using one of the target vocabulary items. The next person must continue the story with another sentence, using another vocabulary item. The story continues until all the words have been used.
Write the list of target vocabulary items on the board. Give the students some time to think of connections they can make between the words. They can then share their ideas with other students. This activity helps students put the words into context and create links between words. At the end of the activity, the students can report back on which connections they feel are the most memorable.
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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.