When I was a student at Teacher Training College during the sixties, we were sent out on teaching practice in the various surrounding schools. One of the most important things our Tutors looked for was our -Lesson Plans- A successful lesson needed proper planning.
I do not recall if I was ever taught strategically -how to learn the Dictionary- Nor can I recall ever teaching it. Our method for enhancing the vocabulary was mainly by reading and conversation. Word stitch will be used as a tool to grow the vocabulary by learning the dictionary.
Have you ever tried reading the dictionary from cover to cover as you would read a book? I know I never thought of it until Word Stitch.
The plan is to select reading and studying the words according to word beginning with the letters in the alphabet; we are going to start with the 4 letters with the least number of words in the dictionary, namely Q. X.Y. Z.
Practice makes Perfect
To be good at any sport, you have to practice and train regularly, you can’t expect to win the hundred meters by just walking on to the track and running, neither can you expect to shoot 40 points in a basket ball game unless you have prepared yourself properly, the same goes for sports, cricket, golf, baseball, rugby tennis, hockey or any sport.
Imagine you are preparing for the Word Stitch championship; the next series of lessons will help prepare you for the championship.
We are going to learn the words in the dictionary beginning with Q. X. Y. Z. There are not many words, but some of the words may be words you have never used in a conversation, now is the time to start learning the dictionary.
Take one letter at a time and read all the words listed in the dictionary beginning with that letter; you should read out load every word for the first time, then read them again silently at least 3 more times unless you have a photographic memory, and perhaps more than 3 times if you think you have a poor memory.
Take special note of proper nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives.write down the words that are entirely new to you, writing them down is another way of recording them in your memory.
Q. Q. Q. (Queen quibbles quietly)
X. X. X.
Y. Y. Y.
Z. Z. Z.
B. How many 4-word sentences can you form using word beginning with the letters in that order
Q. X. Y. Z
C. How many 4-word sentences can you form using word beginning with the 4 letters in any order
Example Q. Z. X.Y. or Y.Q.Z. X.
When you have properly trained yourself, challenge a friend or colleague to a game, the person with the highest number f sentence wins the game.
More than likely if you have trained yourself properly, you would have emerged the winner.
Share the training strategy with your playing partner, when he or she has completed the training process, challenge them to a fair game. May the best man win.
Copyright 2019 Courtney Devonish