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Here's an idea for helping students review and use vocabulary. Prepare a stack of topic cards. On each, write a single topic--e.g., food, furniture, outer space, pets, dating, gardening, sports--whatever. After giving the student one of the vocabulary words under review, ask her/him to use that word in a sentence that relates somehow to the topic card (which one of you draws at random from the stack). Some pairings of words with topics are naturals--'ripped' with the topic of clothing, for instance--but others may require a real stretch of the imagination. Either way, it makes for a lively and often amusing exercise. (If you try this with your own students, I'd love to hear how it worked out!) - Peter Bacon, Melbourne, Australia - firstname.lastname@example.org
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