This week and next, I’m in Pune leading a Skills Update workshop for teachers who work in madrassas in southwestern India. We’ve done some initial work on second language acquistion and today we work on comprehensible input. Understanding frequency-based vocabulary is a big part of understanding and providing comprehensible input.
Many resources that we will use in this workshop have been given to the teachers in print form. I gathered key articles, the General Service List, a Vocabulary Levels Test, and a frequency-based vocabulary reader into one printed resource book. We also provided a number of controlled vocabulary readers from Oxford Bookworms Series.
But there are web-based sources that are incredibly useful in helping teachers choose, modify, and teach vocabulary, so I’ve gathered the links here.
Helpful links for my workshops on Frequency-Based Vocabulary:
These handouts provide a list of the first 1000 most common words of English and two simple tests that teachers can use to determine the vocabulary levels of students who do not yet have control of the first 2000. This information can help teachers choose materials that will allow students to comprehend 80-90% of a text so that they can begin to learn the additional 10%.
A great deal of research has gone into developing these tools and there are a number of other tools that teachers will find useful as well. For more information on this topic, see other posts in this blog
or, if you’re in India, contact me to schedule a workshop for your teachers