Discovering Vocabulary and the Company it Keeps
A data-driven learning course
This one-week course teaches the use of some lesser-known and very useful online tools that can be used in the study and teaching of vocabulary.
The course is intended for teachers:
It may also be of interest to people who:
This course is listed on the School Education Gateway.
Given that many language students have computers, tablets and smartphones, they have the resources for intelligent vocabulary learning at their fingertips. However, most of these are relatively unknown and not all of them are user-friendly. For this reason, this course helps teachers to easily ascend the sometimes steep learning curve.
The issues of what counts as vocabulary and how it can be studied is central to this course. This embraces content and function words, collocation, multi-word units, chunks, written and spoken discourse markers. Other issues related to errors, modes of study and learner autonomy are also addressed in the process of working with these tools.
The resources that this course teaches do not, however, facilitate communication, nor create games or quizzes. Rather, the focus is on linguistic tools that teachers and students can benefit from. To the best of our knowledge, no other courses with this focus exist.
By the end of the course, the participant should have assembled a portfolio of resources to try out on their students. The course includes language development.
Some general introductory information is on the Teacher Training Course page. Click Doodle to see the course dates.
Full details about enrolment, logistics, etc. can be found on the CA Institute page.
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