November 14, 2018

One of the best tools I use for vocabulary development when teaching English as a second language are picture books. This includes older children! 

Picture books, like all books, enrich vocabulary. More than television or listening to speech. One reason is that books ar...

October 24, 2018

I want to share a really fun lesson plan I used a few weeks ago. This was my opening class for a multi-level classroom. I have fluent native English speakers along with weak English speakers and one high level Hebrew speaking student. Every lesson is a challenge, but t...

July 18, 2018

What is the difference between slang and idioms?

Yael

Dear Yael,

It is true that in many ways slang and idioms are similar. Both are expressions that reveal an awareness of the nuances in a language. They make you understood better, conveying a feeling to the listener tha...

July 12, 2018

Last week you mentioned reading newspapers as precursors to professional articles. Could you expand some more on the value of reading professional articles?

Sure!

Professional articles are articles with information regarding ones fields of interest, studies or profession...

July 5, 2018

The other day we got a phone call from a newspaper company trying to sell us a subscription. In my childhood home, I remember my parents enjoying the thick stack of papers full of news when it came and we would sometimes read it too. Nowadays newspapers are on their wa...

May 23, 2018

What can you, as a parent, do at home to enrich your child's vocabulary?

First of all, all the games we mentioned in the previous column can be also played at home. Besides giving their vocabulary a boost, the games are good for quality, non-screen, family time and an o...

May 2, 2018

Do you have a student who needs to enrich their vocabulary? Here are a few tips to use in your classroom:

First you can use dialogues. Dialogues give students a chance to internalize artificially learned vocabulary through usage of real language. People are more interes...

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