In this first part of this 2010 interview at the PAC KOTESOL Conference, Professor Nation talks about the value of the General Service List, the growth of vocabulary studies, the value and limitations of teaching vocabulary in class, and how passion for an approach can carry you away.
In this part of the interview, Professor Nation discusses what fluency means in relation to language learning, talks more generally about extensive reading, and suggests a greater focus be placed on learner training than vocabulary acquisition in exam classes. He also has an excellent set of free-to-use resources on his university webpage, here.
Speakers include Nicky Hockly on digital literacies, Luke Meddings on teaching unplugged, Jeremy Harmer on possible limitations of materials-light teaching, and several more. There’s also a two-part panel discussion (here and here, respectively) featuring all the speakers at the conference.
[youtube width=”425″ height=”200″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5Rr54snUdE[/youtube]
Further to Monday’s post on debating the Stop Online Piracy Act, here are a few ideas for staging debates with your class more generally, as a way to revise topic-based vocabulary and language for agreeing, disagreeing, expressing opinions, and so on, in a fun and memorable way. I recommend using these ideas with older teens and adults at intermediate level and above.