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ERIC Number: EJ1152422
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0192-401X
Introducing Verbpathy in the English Language Classroom: Encouraging Students to Feel the Essence and Emotion of Words
Randolph, Patrick T.
ORTESOL Journal, v32 p13-19 2015
A key element in vocabulary instruction is to get the students to "feel" the vocabulary and make it a part of their new language identity; that is, helping the students to "own" the terms is a top priority of language instructors. Using verbpathy as a tool meets this goal. The idea of using verbpathy in vocabulary instruction is to encourage the students to develop a feel for how terms can and should be used in both spoken and written work. By asking the students if a term has a "positive feel," a "negative feel," or a "neutral feel," the students start to develop an intuitive command of the vocabulary. Moreover, while working on the verbpathy of words, students make their own unique associations and connections with the terms and relate them to their own lives. Research in neuroscience tells us that the more associations students make, the better they learn (Jensen, 2008; Medina, 2009; Willis, 2006).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan
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