Summary: Words are the basic building blocks of the language and the most important factor influencing language proficiency. Despite learning English for 6 years in junior high school and high school, many Japanese students report feeling that they lack sufficient English vocabulary. This presentation will briefly explain why vocabulary is such an important aspect of language. The presenter will then introduce which vocabulary should be learnt, and in which order. Following this, she will explain how vocabulary should be learnt for maximum effectiveness. Finally, she will share some tools that can be used by teachers and learners to help in their vocabulary teaching and learning.
Bio: Rachael Ruegg is PhD candidate at Macquarie University and a lecturer at Akita International University. She has been teaching English for over 10 years in New Zealand, Germany, China, and Japan. Her research interests include vocabulary, assessment, and writing.