First, I’m going to assume that most of you do teach vocabulary explicitly to novices and that you often do so with pictures. There are good reasons for doing so – memorability, avoiding interference from the first language, holding pupils’ interest to name three.
When you show pictures to beginners or near-beginners on a PowerPoint or hand-held flashcard do you prefer to show the written word with the picture or not? At what point do you like pupils to see the written word? Here are a few thoughts on the issue.
Now when I began teaching I was encouraged (in the good old direct method -…
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