Teaching Vocabulary

Vocabulary is: All words make up our vocabulary. All languages have words. Words come in different forms and perform different jobs. Each language will have rules over how words can change, which words work with which, how words sound.

by Sophia McMillan


When teaching vocabulary it is important that learners know:
* the meaning of the words (this can include when we should/not use it
* the form of the words (what it looks like, where it goes in a sentence & what it sounds like)

It is important that teachers repeat (through drilling, elicitation and examples) and recycle (through activities, games and tasks) vocabulary to make learning fluent.

There are 2 types of vocabulary teaching:
* Productive (Active) vocabulary – this is what the learner needs to speak &/or write. They need to understand, remember and use it in the lesson. There will be more focus on practice, production & pronunciation.
* Receptive (Passive) vocabulary – what the learner needs to read &/or listen to. They need to understand & remember it but not necessarily produce it. It needs to be taught and features of pronunciation are still important but learners will not need it to complete tasks etc.   Teaching Vocabulary

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6 Keio Students arrested for Gang Rape & Other Stories 


The Japan Today news story follows below:

By Jonathan Barlow

The soap opera that is Keio continues.
I taught at Keio High School in Fujisawa and some of my students had committed crimes as well. One was hanging out at Pachinko and it was rumored that his father beat him.  The police were aware of it. At Keio the administration seems quite intimidated by the parents . You see it’s a private school and the parents pay the bills.  We couldn’t fail students, I was told by the future head teacher. That was part of the problem there!

Four of my former students ended up getting kicked out of Keio for shop lifting at convenience stores.

The grade I taught, grade 8 at that time, was notoriously bad.  Female teachers who had formerly taught them said they were regularly in tears.

I didn’t find them so bad. They weren’t the best students in some cases and one girl seemed sociopathic and manipulative to say the least. She was great to start the term. Then once I had given her a good grade she turned. Became quite evil (shall I say). Even bragged to the other students about how she had manipulated “Sensei.”  It was disturbing to say the least.

There always seemed to be a cloud hanging over Keio. The teachers there barely greeted me nor each other, and many seemed stressed.  One was borderline personality disorder. She would take on all of the tall Caucasian men,try to find something they’d made a mistake on, and bully them. I didn’t put up with that and gave back as good as I got. She backed off.

She’s quite famous. She has a Ph.D and has written many books. But she’s a bully too. Bullying is a huge problem in all walks of life in Japan. Many suicides are the result.

I’ve learned to fight back right away with most bullies and they back right off. People like that tend to respect other strong people. I never had any major problems with her after that.  I frankly think she needed some romance in her life. She was frustrated and took it out in a perverse way on men she found attractive.

One day the campus reeked of marijuana or something that smelled very much like it, after a staff party. I was a bit shocked, because Keio has such a prestigious image. Then you teach there, and the warts become apparent.  I quit after one year.

Japan Today:
Prosecutors in Tokyo said Wednesday they have sent papers on six male students of Keio University over the alleged rape of a student at a university facility in Hayama, Kanagawa Prefecture, last September.
According to prosecutors, the six students — aged 18-21 — were members of the Keio Advertisement Society, a group that organizes the annual Miss Keio University beauty contest each November, Fuji TV reported.
The girl, who is a minor, filed a criminal complaint, saying she was forced to drink large amounts of alcohol, including tequila, by the group, and then gang-raped. Prosecutors said the group gave alcohol to other girls as well on the night of Sept 2 at the Hayama facility.

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On Using Boardgames in the Classroom


Sophia McMillan discusses the use of board games in the classroom.


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Do you have Hip Pain English Teacher?

If you are in your 50s, and you are a teacher, the chances are you experience back and hip pain from time to time, or even everyday.


But you are a teacher, someone born to teach.  So you soldier on.  But still it is a bother.

What can you do?  Here are some answers.


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Prostate Cancer does not Care about What Kind of Teacher you Are

If you are a man, and nothing else kills you, prostate cancer will. Prostate cancer is not sexy or cute to talk about, as some other issues are. So perhaps because of that it doesn’t get much coverage. But prostate cancer doesn’t care. It will kill you nonetheless. If you have a man in your life that you love , who is over 40, spread awareness of prostate cancer.

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Volunteer for the Peace Boat!

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Volunteer for the Peace Boat and see the world for free! Or pay and have a fantastic trip! Something I want to do!  I have heard from many that it is a fantastic experience!
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peaceboat-dream1  One of the former teachers at Kevin`s English Schools, said Peace Boat was a lot of work, but it was a very rewarding experience, and she was glad she could go on it.


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Be Careful of Scribd!

Be Careful of Scribd! There are Criminals lurking at Scribd!
Scribd is an online content provider that has recently been caught stealing the online content of educational websites.
Stealing online is the same as stealing from someone in real life.  In real life, that person had to work hard to get the material thing they have.  The same goes for writers of online content!
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