Rachel Hawkes gave two presentations at The Language Show, Olympia, London on Saturday 16 November 2019.

Session 1: Vocabulary: what’s in a word?

Every languages teacher knows that vocabulary teaching and learning is vital. Learners can’t understand, say or write anything without knowing some words. So, what is there to know?

In this session Rachel set out to address all the Ws and the Hs of vocabulary learning – Why is vocabulary so important? What does it mean to know a word? Which words do learners need to know? How many words do they need to know? How can they best learn those words? Answers come from research and practice, and include (freely available) resources for the classroom.

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Session 2: What makes practice meaningful?

The recent MFL Pedagogy Review recommendations include (amongst others) principles for teaching phonics, vocabulary, grammar and their combination in meaningful practice. This workshop focused on the how, and how much of (what types of) practice. Informed by research and practice, the session included (freely available) resources in French, German and Spanish.

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