Flashforward: Flashcards in 2018

  Some digital tools are really fun to explore. I was delighted with the discovery of Google Slides as a student resource when I attended an Electronic Village session at TESOL 2018 in Chicago. Since then I’ve had two of my own students collaborate using Google slides: they’ve done joint a presentation and they’ve co-created…

3 Tips for Teaching Basic Vocabulary

I had the pleasure of Skyping with a group of teachers in Costa Rica last month. Although the focus of our live session was on pronunciation and speaking skills, we had time for Q&A at the end. One teacher asked me for ideas to make learning basic vocabulary more fun. I gave some tips off…

Secrets to Learning Vocabulary

Different students have complained to me that they can’t seem to remember the words they need when they talk in English. I’m not sure there are really secrets to learning vocabulary, but I do think that each learner needs to discover what study practices work best for him or her. Perhaps the key is to…

Newsflash on Flashcards: New Ideas for Vocabulary Studies

More variations on flashcards are possible thanks to both online and offline tools. The very process of creating flashcards helps students remember words, definitions, and spellings. If a model sentence is included for each key word, then usage is also better understood and remembered. What I like seeing today is the use of multimedia, and in particular…