Teaching vocabulary to advanced students: A lexical approach
From my point of view, the text was very useful because I could understand in depth the origin of the English language that I have been studying during this semester. The text seems to be a little bit easier than the others compulsory texts. According to the understanding and why it helps us to achieve the knowledge that we requires to approve this course. Most of us know that vocabulary is one of the most relevant topics in learning or acquire a second language. People need language in order to communicate idea, feelings, emotions and share experiences. Although students have a wide range of vocabulary, not only is necessary to know what a words means, but also how to use it in the appropriate context.
The text expose us how vocabulary is a crucial part in teaching and it gives us, as a teaching students, useful guidelines about what are the most common topics when we are teaching a second language. The text also takes us into the reality of what our students are thinking during a class and how teachers must help them. Our students and we could use storage items to get a greater advantage if we can control memory process consciously, and being aware of it. Without this knowledge we would make mistakes when we are planning our lectures. That because people tend to think about teaching vocabulary as a simple process. Nevertheless, after reading this text, we can reckon that vocabulary is not only a word list, but also context and meaning have to be covered when we are thinking about them. So as teachers we need to renew our lessons with the purpose of have more interesting ways to teach specific vocabulary that they already learnt.
As English teaching students we can see the text like a guidance to prepare our lessons more accurate, and the text also gives us a list of recommendations of what we have to do or not. The fact that we must turn the receptive vocabulary into productive one through the use of topics and categories of vocabulary in order to organize a notebook, using only monolingual dictionaries, and learning traditional grammar and vocabulary and also collocations, expressions and idioms. The language must be stored using English only, practicing the understanding of the items, but that rely on the student’s motivation, needs and preferences, which is something that we sometimes omit.
I can conclude that the text, apparently easy and short, have a wonderful and strong content. This will be very useful in the practicum of English teaching and the processes of learning.