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Offline mienjenwu

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Vocabulary for Everyday Situations
« on: April 24, 2016, 11:44:34 AM »
Even though I am an advanced L2 English learner, I still find difficult to use English for certain things in everyday situations. For instance, when I ask about seat arrangements on a plane I can ask for an "aisle seat", or if I go to a bank to "deposit a check". Based on my past experience, most textbooks I have had so far did not address this kind of vocabulary very well, and I think it caused me a lot of trouble when I first came to the U.S.


Therefore, I recommend a website that may be helpful for English learners like me: http://www.esl-lab.com/vocab/index.htm. I used this website before for listening practices, but later I found it also has those mini-lessons of vocabulary for different everyday situations. I think building up this kind of vocabulary is a very important part of one's English skill, and also this can avoid misunderstanding or embarrassment.

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Re: Vocabulary for Everyday Situations
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2016, 01:07:28 PM »
As a non-native speaker of English, this website appears extremely helpful! The website covers a number real-world situations (ex. modern technology, pop-culture, education, housing, travel, just to name a few.) I also found it really interesting that this website also has the audio recording for each category. This is appealing to students whose learning style is auditory, not necessarily visual or tactile.

However, it is also important to remember that some students just rely on lexical cues to try to understand the meanings of conversations when conversing with their interlocutors. I would also emphasize the importance of grammars as well.

It also might be helpful if teachers can use social contexts to help students get used to frequently-used vocabularies. This does not have to be done through rigid textbooks or books. When I was learning the key words that are often used in everyday conversations, I tried to watch as many American and British TV shows, dramas, news, and movies as possible. Also, first and foremost, the everyday conversation with native speakers works BEST, although this opportunity might be extremely limited in EFL situations. However, it is also true that many of the EFL nations have been incorporating native speakers at schools, workplaces, and other social public spaces like local public centers and community gathering spaces. So, I do not think it is a big issue.

Yet, I appreciate your sharing such an informative and "versatile" website with us. Thank you!