Teaching vocabulary can be a challenge for new teachers. Most are quick to assume that once a new word has been taught, it has also been learned and will be remembered.
Most new teachers don’t realize vocabulary needs to be continuously recycled. Students will likely forget vocabulary if they don’t encounter these words on a regular basis.
Here are three useful strategies for recycling vocabulary:
1. Make a vocabulary board for your classroom. Post new vocabulary on the board each week. Make sure you constantly recycle old vocabulary in with new vocabulary.
2. Spend a few minutes of each class reviewing new vocabulary. Encourage your students to make new sentences or ask them to try and remember a sentence from a previous class.
3. Make vocabulary cards for each word. I like to use 7 x 12 cm cards. Write the new word on the front of the card. Ask your students to write or draw something on the back of the card to help them remember. I carry my pack of vocabulary cards for Chinese class in my purse. I review them when I have spare time.