Teaching Lexis Through a Story

Kika:Anna san (uzbek),Flamina san (UK), Penulis,Ary san (Ina),Kau (UK) di depan Shanrigi Eki Kumamoto Jepang

by*Heriyanto Nurcahyo

by:Heriyanto Nurcahyo

In Indonesian High School,students study many kind of genre. One of them is spoof. Spoof is a text which tells factual story, happened in the past time with unpredictable and funny ending. Its social function is to entertain and share the story.My students fond of listening to Nasreddin Hodja’s story.As they are in elementary level, the story is quite easy to understand.They find that the story is very interesting and entertaining.
While students are mainly working on reading or listening skills,I am less likely to spend time on lexis. During such stages,Jim Screivener (pg.196-197) encourages us to :
1. Deal with an item when student specifically asks about it;
2. Give brief,to-the-point explanation or translations,rather than detailed presentations;
3. Offer help quietly to the one or two students who ask,rather than to the whole class;
4. Sometimes refuse help and tell students to do their best without knowing some items.
Once the students have become comfortable with the text,you can focus attention on lexical items in the text and how they are used.Here some thing that we could ask:
1. can you guess the meaning of this word from the meaning of the text around it?
2. Find some words in the text that mean…..
3. Find some words in the text connected with the subject of……
4. In line x ,what does…..mean?
5. Find words and short them into three separate groups under these headings:….
6. Finds words in the text that match this list of synonyms.
7. What words come before/after the word….what other words collocate with this words?
8. Can you remember any other phrases you know with this word in them?
9. Can you find any multiword items (ie group of words that go together/chuncks)?
10. What’s the opposite of this word?
11. How many different words does the writer use to describe the….?

Hopely,this simple procedure enables you to teach a better lexis

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