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Nobody likes long word lists to memorize, it is monotonous and demotivating. Nobody has time to set up word cards, nowadays. However, it is essential to improve vocabulary in some way on a daily basis. Reading anything is an excellent way to widen one’s vocabulary, but not everybody likes reading. Listening to songs might work, but they require background knowledge of the songwriter’s intention and might become tricky.
So here is a quick tip to introduce a new lexical item every day to your students with explanation and comprehension check:

Ask your students to subscribe to ENGLISH CLUB WORD OF THE DAY. They only need to provide an email address and can choose if they want to receive an idiom, a phrasal verb, a slang word or a saying every day until they unsubscribe. You can do this together in the class or assign it for homework. The site does not send any junk mail, only the requested vocabulary items – every day one of each category chosen. Phrasal Verbs and slang words (yes, I think these should be taught considering their frequency and the high probability to be exposed them sooner than later) should be taught from A2 level, idioms are more appropriate for B1/B2 levels, while sayings are suitable for higher levels, however, you will find examples from each category at every European level. Though, there is no differentiation by level provided by the website, their usefulness is unquestionable.

With the lexical item, students will receive the definition or explanation and can click onto a link to see one comprehension question on the website. Words and expressions are repeated once in a while, this way students can reactive removed or not properly learnt items.

You might want to consider subscribing yourself, so you can check on the latest items before your lesson and make up a situation to do as a warmer – using these new idioms or phrasal verbs, etc.

You will be also provided with a list of useful lexical items, so whenever you need for example idioms with the noun ‘eye’ or phrasal verbs with verb ‘take’, you just run a quick search through the English Club mails and find the necessary ones for your next vocabulary exercise.


Activity Book - Toys

YL activity books for Cambridge Starters, Movers and Flyers or any ESL primary classroom about Toys (free), Sweets, Beach, Animals, Meals, House, Clothes and many other topics. Shop around in the ELT-Tutor webshop.

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Taboo Cards - Flyers

YL Taboo cards following the official Cambridge YLE Wordlists. Ready-to-print, fun activity for vocabulary revision.

Taboo Cards Starters – ELT-TUTOR SHOP
Taboo Cards Movers – ELT-TUTOR SHOP
Taboo Cards Flyers – FREE

These editable Google Forms help you keep track of the lexical items you’ve already dealt with in your YL course:

Progress Checker Starters – ELT-TUTOR SHOP
Progress Checker Movers – ELT-TUTOR SHOP
Progress Checker Flyers – FREE

Two interactive song worksheets leading into intriguing topics about gender roles and bad mood or the evil in human beings. Great for teen classes.



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