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Week 1 Summary

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Week One Summary -- A quick overview of Week 1


First, most of Week 1 was dedicated to figuring out the tech and getting adjusted to the different components of Vocab Matters. Yahoo Groups drove everyone crazy with the volume of email, but, to be fair, we have about 190 participants in the session. That certainly explains the volume of email on Yahoo Groups. For the following weeks, we’ll be moving away from using YG to having more of a focus on the wiki. That should help cut down on the volume of email. However, please continue using YG to have conversations, share ideas and resources, and “chat”. It’s perfect for that.

We have participants from 30 different countries: Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordon, Macedonia, Moldova, Morocco, Portugal, Romania, Russia, S. Korea, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Yemen. There are probably more, but I’m working off the map, so if you didn’t put yourself on the map, I missed your country. Sorry!


There were a few general themes on problems teachers face with student vocabulary acquisition:

  • ·         getting students to retain and produce new vocabulary
  • ·         getting students interested in vocabulary learning
  • ·         finding meaningful ways to practice / review vocabulary that aren’t tedious or boring
  • ·        

There were also some great resources shared on the wiki and Yahoo Groups. I’m recapping some below – if I missed yours, sorry! It’s not because it wasn’t good – it’s because I didn’t write it down at the time and now can’t remember where to find it! :-(


From Leigh:

This is a great strategy to practise with students. You may like this article.



From Marie:

Dear all,
Feel free to attend my webinar next Thursday from 7 till 8.30 pm Paris time.
A few links:
blog and PowerPoint presentation; http://sharingteaching.blogspot.fr/2014/01/webinar-january-23-2014-from-7-to-830-pm.html

access link: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/ebooks

Information: http://v.gd/MHFebooks


From Rose:

I keep a journal to constanly reflect on my practice: http://rosebardeltdiary.wordpress.com

It is said that learners need to know at least 95% of the text to be able to infer the meaning correctly. A dear friend of mine wrote this blogpost recently. I think you will find it very useful.


From Natasa Bozic Grojic:

I am a blogger and I blog at http://lunas994.blogspot.com


From Jen Copus:

Also, many teachers mentioned your concern about students struggling to retain and use new vocab words. Long ago, I learned 24/48/7/14. That means review/use the words 24 hours after they are first learned, then again in 48 hours, then 7 days and finally again 14 days. Maybe using a system like that, along with vocabulary games, might help.

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