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What do teachers need to know about vocabulary?

To introduce vocabulary
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When we talk about vocabulary we talk about:

  • Single words such as make
  • More than one word but with a single meaning such as make over
  • Expressions such as make my day

Task

What does it mean to really know a word? What things do we need to know about a word to be able to use it confidently?

Write your ideas in the comments section before we talk about it in the next step.

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