A great vocabulary strategy that I’ve seen many wonderful teachers use is a Word Wall. I’m fortunate in my current classroom to literally have an entire wall that I can use for our vocabulary words.
Borrowing from the marvelous Minneapolis English teachers Tara Ferguson and Nicole Brinza, who divide their word walls into “language of life” and “language of literature,” I’ve divided the wall for my tourism students into “language of life” and “language of business.”
Deciding where to place the words leads to some great discussion among the students, and it helps the class explore the ways that words have different meanings depending on context. We will keep adding to the wall throughout the semester, helping keep track of how many new words we’ve learned!