ERIC Number: ED332499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb-10
Reference Count: 0
Techniques for Learning Vocabulary.
Weatherford, H. Jarold
A variety of classroom techniques for second language vocabulary learning are described, based on the principle that different approaches work with different students under varying conditions. The techniques include: rote rehearsal; the use of visual aids, including items that are acted out by students for the benefit of the class; role-playing; vocabulary learning in a specific cultural context; vocabulary learning through art activities; the root-word approach; mnemonic techniques such as the keyword approach; use of the notion of semantic fields to illustrate conceptual relationships between words; two types of vocabulary learning through music (simple songs, and the suggestopedia method); physical activities, as in Total Physical Response instruction; study of cognates and direct borrowing; study of loan translations; use of soap-opera style drama tapes in the language laboratory; analogies; computer-assisted instruction through drills and games; and synonyms. Investigation of additional channels for vocabulary learning such as journal writing and the recording of new words learned is recommended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Art Activities, Classroom Techniques, Computer Assisted Instruction, Contrastive Linguistics, Cultural Context, Dictionaries, Drama, Etymology, Instructional Effectiveness, Journal Writing, Linguistic Borrowing, Mnemonics, Music Activities, Physical Activities, Recordkeeping, Role Playing, Rote Learning, Second Language Learning, Semantics, Songs, Suggestopedia, Visual Aids, Vocabulary Development
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cognates; Synonyms; Total Physical Response
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Foreign Language Association of Georgia (Savannah, GA, February 1990).