Learning vocabulary in a foreign language can be either fun or tedious depending on how you set yourself to doing it. It can also be quite frustrating as we usually only seem to remember the words that we use in our everyday interaction and very frequently forget ‘that other word’ (Ooooh! Ah! Eek! Oops! It’s on the tip of my tongue!).
The two main ways to learn vocabulary in an ESL classroom is through reading and listening, but even when we do this and carefully record all the new words and their usage, we tend to forget many of them and spending time revising the lengthy lists that we have lovingly written down in our notebook, can eventually become extremely time-consuming. And don’t forget that students also have to meet course assignments, so they end up grabbing fists of hair looking at me with anger written all over their faces (joking). But the thing is, vocabulary is such an important part of learning English, and even if you can make yourself understood, through gesticulation and using a limited number of words (“me-tarzan-you-jane” sort), when it comes to higher levels, a good range of vocabulary is not only expected, but also necessary so as to be able to cope efficiently in all the skills (productive and receptive). Yes, I know, I must be really boring you with all this lectoring about how important learning vocabulary is (Sorry, didn’t mean to be such a pain in the neck).
Well, this week we’re starting a unit devoted to the natural world, so I thought that I’d might as well create a vocabulary quiz for Advanced and Proficiency levels, just to help you get some new words under your belts and refresh your memory on others. In this post you’ll find a flipping card activity where you should read the description and try to guess the word. After flip the card to see if your guess was correct. You have the fist letter of each word and the number of missing letters. Hope you find the activity useful!