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How to Deal with Vocabulary Queries

Students love asking questions, and as teachers we enjoy helping them out and answering all their queries; however, this may not always be in the students’ best interest. Take vocabulary queries for example. How many times have you been asked about the meaning of a word in a class? Do you answer all vocabulary queries immediately? If your answer is yes, then you’re just allowing your students to be lazy and dependent. However, if you let them work on the

answer on their own, chances are they will remember the answer better and depend on themselves the next time too.
Example: Tell the students to read the activity you’re about to do and underline any mysterious words they find. Then when a student asks you about the meaning of a word, don’t answer. Ask the class if there’s someone who can explain it. Alternatively, you can put the students in small groups or pair them up and ask them to explain the words they don’t know to each other. To add more fun into it, give your students—or tell them beforehand to bring—English to English dictionaries and get them to look up the words they’re struggling with. Another thing you can teach your students when dealing with vocabulary is deducing the meaning from the context in which it appeared.


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