Our second seminar session will take place on November 16th and we will try to give a clear insight into the most useful ways to make students acquire subject-specific vocabulary. Right now, I would like to share this list of online dictionaries with all CLIL teachers and I would also like to let you know about the fourth edition of Oxford Student's Dictionary. This dictionary is aimed at intermediate to advanced learners of English. It has a particular focus on curricular vocabulary and includes the words you need to study other subjects such as Art, Computing, Science, Geography, History, Literature, Maths, Sport and much more.
You can access the curricular videos and 360-degree interactive images that accompany the dictionary on this page.
Using dictionaries is an essential part of the process when we talk about vocabulary instructional strategies. However, providing a description or an explanation of the term is only the first step of the process. It goes beyond the scope of a blog entry to analyze such a process so we can recap by saying that reading and instruction on subject-specific vocabulary are the key to overcoming students' difficulties with academic content. This is easy to say but how can it be done? Fortunately, there is what could be called "a toolbox of vocabulary strategies " that work and you will be provided with them throughout our seminar sessions.
Looking forward to meeting you online on November 16th.