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October 2008 - Lunch Talk

Topic:          Explicit Vocabulary Instruction: an area deserving more attention in ESL/EFL classrooms



Ms Lee Yi Ying, Sandra, BA, MEd(Edu Adm), MA(ELT), PGCE, PGSK for ELT



1:00 p.m. on Saturday, 11 October



Founder’s Room, 3/F, South Tower, YMCA, Salisbury Road, Tsimshatsui



HK$140 (members), HK$160 (non-members)



Although explicit vocabulary instruction has not been the central theme of the curriculum, it is generally agreed that there is a close relationship between vocabulary knowledge and success in reading. Seeing most learners’ limited exposures to English, it may be necessary and essential for teachers in Hong Kong to explicitly teach basic and important vocabulary to their students, particularly to those having received limited support from their families. A vast array of research has been done on this area and many vocabulary teaching methods have been suggested. In this connection, this talk explored the importance of explicit vocabulary teaching and learning in schools and how words can be learned and taught according to the need and level of proficiency of the students. Some strategies including word play and lexical approach were also discussed in the talk.

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