Do you make a point of teaching your students vocational vocabulary?
Bronia Hamilton, Oslo’s FYR co-ordinator, advises her students to impress external examiners by consciously using their vocational vocabulary. Ben Cornell at Bergen Maritime School uses SKILLS for Elektrofag and missed a list of relevant electrical terms. So, we asked him to make one for us. You can find it, and similar lists for RM, DH, TIP, BAT, HO and SS, in SKILLS Ressursbank and in the links below.
These lists are not exhaustive, and they are general for each vocational programme. Edit, share and use them as you see fit for your students. Here are some of our suggestions:
• Ask your students to mark the words they already know, and define which ones are part of their active and passive vocabulary.
• Ask your students to select 30 words they believe will be useful on the oral / written exam.
• Ask your students to add 10 important words related to their particular trade.
• Ask your students to make a list of words to learn and bring for their exams.
Quizlet, Memrize og Kahoot are some useful tools to make practicing vocabulary fun in the classroom. Likewise you can encourage students to download and use an app on their phone so that they can practice vocabulary anywhere. A+ Spelling Test for Iphones and Spelling Test Free by FunExam for Androids are free and also simple to use.
Please share your tips on teaching vocabulary – and do let us know if you miss something in SKILLS.