Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Claire Stanley


This paper examines ways to enhance learners’ ability to communicate in their new language. It begins by questioning the traditionally accepted view of language teaching which views language as “lexicalized grammar”. It also argues that teaching vocabulary has focused mostly on techniques of explaining words and storing them, while the importance of strategies to activate the learners’ storage by retrieving lexical items from memory had clearly been underestimated. The paper analyzes the strategies for integrating a lexical item into the learners’ linguistic resources for immediate access and suggests a variety of exercises and activities that promote active use of vocabulary in class, as well as outside the classroom. In conclusion, it suggests a number of implications for language teachers and modifications to classroom procedures.


Curriculum and Instruction | First and Second Language Acquisition