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Summer Workshop: Revisiting the Learning and Teaching of Vocabulary
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7/25/2013 to 7/27/2013
When: July 25-27, 2013
Where: Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan 
United States
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Michigan State University

Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR)  


Revisiting the Learning and Teaching of Vocabulary
Workshop leaders: Dr. Susanne Rott
Workshop times: TBA

Many students feel overwhelmed learning vocabulary in another language. The sheer amount of words they need to learn, the necessity to retain words long-term, the importance of pronunciation to comprehend words in speech, the significance of orthography to read fluently, and the understanding of contextual factors to use words effectively in speaking and writing are only some aspects students need to master. While most textbooks and the corresponding on-line learning centers present new vocabulary in semantic sets, with pictures, and meaningful practice activities to enhance learning, they lack a clear program that guides students from learning individual words to develop a functional lexicon of advanced language users. In this workshop we will explore how the different aspects of an advanced lexicon need to be addressed during the course of language studies from beginning to advanced stages. Based on the analysis of what textbooks are currently offering, workshop participants will learn how to develop supplemental vocabulary materials for all four skills. Additionally, we will make a distinction between vocabulary activities best used in class and outside the classroom. For vocabulary activities that can be completed outside the classroom, we will look at effective (and less-effective) computer-based materials available online and have a hands-on session on free, easy-to-use shareware.

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