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Here is a very useful activity for vocabulary recycling:

After dealing with a group of words/expressions, ask your students
to classify them into the following 3 categories:

 Words/expressions I definitely know
 Words/expressions I know but need to revise
 Words/expressions I don't know

This can be done as many times as you feel like it, even with the same vocabulary items, and you can be sure your students will not get tired of it. The "Words/expressions I definitely know" list helps students become aware of how much they have learnt, which I think is a crucial part of language learning. The other two lists help the teacher know what words/expressions she should still be working on.

It would be great if you could get your students to write all the words/expressions on small cards, so that they could also use them to play Word bingo, Pelmanism, Memory games, etc.

I hope you've found this useful.

Karen Cachcovsky
karenc@mixmail.com
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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