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Journal on English Language Teaching, v5 n2 p7-18 Apr-Jun 2015

Vocabulary is the gateway to knowledge that unlocks the doors of sublime ideas to the readers. The competency on the lexical items of language plays a significant role in learning a new concept. Any learner who has excellent command over the use of vocabulary excels in his/her study of different subjects. Vocabulary learning is one of the important features of language learning and language use. In fact, it is what makes the essence of a language. Learning vocabulary is a natural and lifelong phenomenon. Throughout the life span, individuals develop their vocabulary effectively and almost effortlessly as long as they see words in meaningful contexts. Children in school will encounter plethora of words in their reading. In schools they may continue to learn vocabulary without much direct and explicit help from teachers. For the most part, vocabulary growth in school occurs informally and incidentally rather than formally and intentionally. Students should be helped to understand the meaning of each word both contextually and non-contextually. The teachers teaching second language must follow varieties of effective strategies for teaching vocabulary. As the strategies are very easy, interesting and effective, learning of any word retains in the memory of the students for a long-term. Only innovative strategies will enable the students enrich their power of vocabulary. This article highlights unique strategies for learning vocabulary in the ambiance of Indian English classrooms.

Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Language Acquisition, Learning Strategies, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Skills, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Pronunciation, Spelling, Mastery Learning, Memorization, Cultural Context, Journal Writing, Educational Games, Visualization, Educational Strategies

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Autor: Jose, G. Rexlin


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