Vocabulary in Pune

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:

As I’ve said elsewhere, the first step in finding comprehensible input for students based on vocabulary levels is determining the current vocabulary levels of students. Testing vocabulary levels by determining what percentage of the most frequent vocabulary a student likely comprehends is one of the easiest ways to gauge what they are likely to comprehend. Examples of the first two levels of tests are included here.
This link provides handouts on frequency-based vocabulary that I shared with my workshop participants.
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.

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12 Responses to Vocabulary in Pune

  1. Ghanshyam Makwana says:

    Thanks for sharing wonderful and useful suggestions for enhancing vocabulary in English language learners.

  2. Dee says:

    So glad you found it useful.

  3. Anonymous says:

    its really nice mam

  4. Hanif says:

    Hi mam, it was a great time in Pune under your training. I’m looking forward for your reply on our queries in the future also for teaching English language. Pls reply to me.

    • Dee says:

      It was a wonderful experience for me, too. I hope we can do it again sometime. Email anytime! 🙂

      • Hanif says:

        Hi, this week I used your technique of teaching in my class which helped my students to grasp more from the text. They also learned for giving the answer without scanning the text.

        • Dee says:

          That sounds great! So many of the textbook comprehension questions only require scanning. So great that you are teaching your students more useful skills.

  5. Hanif says:

    Today I used some of your methods and got impressive results .

  6. Tanveer says:

    Hi Mam, It was a wonderful experience in Pune, I have sent a mail on Dee.BroughtonELF@yahoo.com, please check it.

    • Dee says:

      So glad you had such a good experience. I answered your email. Do try to join us on FB so you can see the resources there, too.

  7. Hanif says:

    Just now I read about the neuro-linguistic learning what is it all about ? How can it be used for reducing depression among the pupils? Please give me reply.

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