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May 19, 2009

Teaching Students How to Remember

A student told me today that English was difficult for her because there were ‘so many words to remember.’ I have heard that our number 1 job as EFL teachers is teaching vocabulary. As the daily speaker of a foreign language myself, knowing the right word to say works better than trying to say something another way every time.
So this girl’s comment really struck home to me. One of my goals in the classroom is to give my students the skills they need to be successful learners after they leave my class. So I wondered how I could help this girl succeed in what is perhaps the most important task in her English education.
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