I’ve been noticing more and more, teachers and especially those acknowledged as “leaders”, sharing sites where learners learn “words”. These sites usually involve games or tools that allow the user to have fun with words.
These can be useful, just like the odd game of hangman in the classroom. However, I think it incumbent on those listing these sites, to also remind teachers that teaching “words” IS NOT teaching language. Language is MORE than words. It isn’t as simple as believing ” a student has more words therefore they are better at English”. I really think teacher trainers and those sharing online need to really focus on promoting sites which offer a fuller set of communicative possibility.
That’s all I want to say – a word to the wise! We all need this reminder, me thinks.