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Without grammar, you can't say much; but without vocabulary, you can't say anything.

Vocabulary is the foundation of successful language learning. ESL/EFL learners need to be familiar with a great many words if they want to read, write, listen, or speak with ease. In addition to the sheer number of words and phrases students need to learn, what makes vocabulary acquisition so tricky is that one “pass” is never enough. In order to really “know” a word, learners need to know, among other things, how to spell it, how to pronounce it, what other words it collocates with, what prefixes and suffixes it takes, what grammatical patterns it fits with, and what positive or negative associations it may have.

Research shows that students learn the most easily when they are interested and having fun. Games and activities that engage students, whether they are adults or children, will help them create stronger memories and store these memories for longer.

This book is divided into three sections:

1. Introducing new vocabulary
2. Reviewing and remembering vocabulary
3. Assessment opportunities

and provides 50 ideas (plus one bonus tip!) for helping your students learn and remember vocabulary. Photos and downloadable worksheets are included.

The "Fifty Ways to Teach" series gives you a variety of drills, games, techniques, methods, and ideas to help your students master English. Most of the ideas can be used for both beginning and advanced classes. Many require little to no preparation or special materials. The ideas can be used with any textbook, or without a textbook at all. These short, practical guides aim to make your teaching life easier, and your students' lives more rewarding and successful.

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Fifty Ways to Teach Vocabulary

Tips for ESL/EFL Teachers

Tamara Jones





Introducing New Vocabulary

Reviewing Vocabulary

Assessing Vocabulary Acquisition


Additional Resources

About the Author

Fifty Ways to Teach Vocabulary: Tips for ESL/EFL Teachers

Copyright © 2013 by Tamara Jones

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form, or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise) without the prior written permission of the copyright owner.

Cover design by DJ Rogers.

Edited by Dorothy Zemach.

Published in the United States by Wayzgoose Press.


Most teachers use a textbook in class, which provides both instruction and practice – but, often, not enough practice. Students need to practice again and again, and in different ways, not just to keep their interest but to both learn and remember.

This book gives you ideas to help your students become proficient at learning and remembering vocabulary in English. It can be used with any textbook, or without any textbook at all. It tells you how to adapt and extend exercises; it gives you games and warm-ups that can be added to any class; it gives you methods to practice both accuracy and fluency.

Not every idea will work for every student or for every class. That’s why there are fifty. We feel sure that many of the ideas presented here will bring you results if you try them sincerely and practice them regularly.

Here is a suggested method for using this book:

Read through all of the fifty tips without stopping.

Read through the tips again. Choose five or six that you think might work for your class. Decide when you will try them.

Choose different types of ideas: Some that can be done independently, and some that work along with your textbook

Each time you use one of the ways, make a note about how well it worked for your class and why. Remember that most of the tips will work best if you use them several times (or even make them a habit). Don’t try a tip only once and decide it’s no good for your students. Give the tips you try a few chances, at least.

Every few weeks, read through the tips again, and choose some new ones. Discontinue using any methods that are not working for you.

Finally, consider trying some of the other books in our 50 Ways to Teach Them series.