Vocabulary learning: beat the forgetting curve! No-prep classroom ideas to help learners make the most of their vocabulary book

A workshop to explore ways for your learners to engage with and learn vocabulary and improve fluency. We will be looking at: 

  • creating opportunities to revisit vocab in all four skills 
  • manipulating vocabulary through meaningful chunks and sentences 
  • increasing awareness of specific linguistic features 
  • encouraging fluency and increasing speed of retrieval


The ideas in this workshop can be applied to all languages, using a published vocabulary book or students own vocab lists. Danièle Bourdais will be using examples from A-Z for French B published by Elemi, a vocabulary book organized by topic for IB Diploma. Attendees do not need to have access to this book or be teaching IB, although examples in Danièle’s workshops will be of most use to those learning French at upper secondary level.  


10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

This session is full.


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    Daniele Bourdais

    Danièle Bourdais is a UK-based award-winning and internationally recognised author, editor and consultant with extensive experience of publishing culturally rich materials in for the IB diploma, IGCSE and UK curriculum with most UK educational publisher and most recently Cambridge University Press. Her special focus is Francophonie. She tutors students at all levels internationally.

    Suzi Bewell is a well-known languages teacher and trainer. Until 2015, she ran the teacher-training courseat York University (UK) and currently works as a visiting lecturer at Leeds Trinity University. She has over 20 years’ experience of teaching French, Spanish and German, and more recently Mandarin in the UK and overseas. She also runs a successful educational consultancy (www.pollyglotlanguages.co.uk) supporting languages teachers worldwide to incorporate more TL culture into their lessons.