Teaching Vocabulary


Vocabulary is always a problem in ELT, especially for young learner. We cannot avoid the fact that, the success of teaching English cannot be separated from the success of young learner mastering vocabularies.

The goal of teaching vocabularies is the number of vocabularies mastered by young learner. Can we imagine that, teaching English to young learner without introducing the young learner the vocabularies? it is ridiculous. Teaching vocabularies needs a little concern of the teacher. The teacher needs to be actively supervising the students and creatively making the instrument.

Actively Supervising the Young Learners

Supervising the young learners is not merely seeing and controlling but also advising and motivating the young learners. The nature of young lerner is that, they have no idea about the destination language (English: English as Foreign Language). Young learners can be seen as the new born babies. They are blind and mute of English.

Advising and motivating the young learner must be conducted patiently. The positive motivation can increase their desire in learning the destination language.

What kind of motivation? Many motivations can be conducted.

1. Classroom

Classroom always sees as the place to learn. Many things can be done here and motivation can too. The motivation through the classroom can be done through the classroom arrangement (giving an interesting posters, students’ work, nature classroom, etc). De Porter had done this way through summer camp and it works. The enthusiastic students sees the activity as the vocation, but the teacher must see it as the place to teach the students.

2. Wise Story

Can you see, while a teacher tell a story? All students pay attention well. It means that, the wise story can be a good media to transfer konwledge.

Creatively Making the Instrument

A creative teacher will find out the way to convey the materials (vocabularies).  The teacher can give more attention in making the word puzzle, flash cards, and games

1. Word Puzzle

Word Puzzle is one of the way to teach vocabulary. The principle it is making a word then puzzle it to the picture beside.

  ———>         oy

so just match the picture to the text or clue.

2. Flash cards

Flash Cards is common used in teaching vocabulary. many sites provide flash cards to teach vocabulary. One of them is http://www.eslflashcards.com/.

3 Games

Games are developed based on the needs of materials. This way needs the creative teacher to develop a new game.

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