Vocabulary Lessons

Teaching Vocabulary for Intermediate Adult Learners

This article (PDF) provides important information on how to select words for vocabulary instruction, plan for instruction, and teach using direct and explicit instruction.

Teaching Vocabulary Directions

Knowledge Rating Scale

  1. Before introducing new vocabulary words, ask students to rate their knowledge of the meanings of the words.
  2. After the words have been introduced, ask students to check their ratings.  Were they accurate?   Would they change any of their ratings?  Why?
  3. Once students have had multiple encounters with the words, ask them to rate the words again. Do these ratings differ from their initial ones?

Vocabulary Words with Definitions

Present the new words and introduce the meaning of each new word. You may want to have the students complete the knowledge ratings scale on the following page before presenting the new words. 

Creating Examples

After presenting the new words and meanings, lead a discussion with your adult learners. Be sure to give some examples of the context for the words and also ask students to give their own examples. You may want to give examples and get input from students as you introduce each new word and definition.

Title Lesson Plan Vocabulary Words
Lesson 1 alter, prominent, prospect, relent, scarce
Lesson 2 attack, conclusion, curious, fact, protect
Lesson 3 apparent, escalate, immense, notable, rejection
Lesson 4 benefit, challenge, delay, dependent, inspire
Lesson 5 eventual, foremost, obedient, resume, treacherous
Lesson 6 console, ferocious, jeer, somber, tower
Lesson 7 deviate, fundamental, immerse, maneuver, objective
Lesson 8 annoyance, anxiety, biased, deplete, dispense
Lesson 9 agreement, cancel, daily, negative, tension
Lesson 10 event, humble, minor, talent, volunteer
Lesson 11 edible, gradual, nourishment, theory, verdict
Lesson 12 capable, coax, intense, significant, torment
Lesson 13 fertile, peculiar, preference, suitable, surplus
Lesson 14 entertain, experience, identify, original, produce
Lesson 15 cherish, flexible, obscure, retain, salvage
Lesson 16 remote, segregate, submit, transparent, violate
Lesson 17 assume, complex, focus, initial, pursue
Lesson 18 convert, crucial, obvious, restrict, valid
Lesson 19 definite, evaluate, persistent, reverse, status
Lesson 20 effect, component, element, generate, involve
Lesson 21 expose, fluctuate, perspective, role, subsequent
Lesson 22 analyze, consequence, equivalent, hypothesis, isolated
Lesson 23 approach, consist, establish, illustrate, major
Lesson 24 indicate, modify, preceding, range, similar
Lesson 25 accurate, barrier, confident, deprive, economical