Levels: upper-intermediate to advanced. Ages: older teens and adults. Type: discussion and grammar dictation/reading tasks based on a text about speed dating. Skills: reading; writing; speaking; listening. Language focus: grammar- and vocabulary-building, using (semi-)fixed expressions from the text, and your students’ own words.
Levels: strong pre-intermediate to proficiency. Ages: teens and adults. Type: writing in a chosen genre, reading student-generated texts, reading and writing for pleasure. Skills: reading; writing; speaking; listening. Language focus: revising pre-selected grammar points, or any problematic grammar, register or vocabulary as it arises.
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.