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Module 5: Supporting oral language and vocabulary development

Welcome to Module 5 of Working with English Language Learners.

In this module you will learn about ways to support learners’ oral language and vocabulary development.


Learning byte

Watch this clip to see learners negotiating the correct order of a picture sequence and retell the process of creating a paper lantern.

After you have viewed the video, have a shared discussion to reflect on:

  • the vocabulary being used by the learners as they carry out the task
  • how learners used key words in meaningful lexical chunks or sentences
  • how sequencing supports repetition of key vocabulary in a meaningful context.


Students - This is the staple and the last one, roll and handles.

Ahh roll!

Roll, yeah. Roll!

What about this?

Teacher - Now you’re on to it.

Student - When I did the sequencing, they just, it’s easy because I’d seen pictures and it’s like doing something that’s same with the words.

Students - Nice work.

High five!

Student - You fold the paper, you crease the paper, you cut the paper, you roll the paper, you glue the paper together, so it sticks. You press the paper together, yeah so the glue dries.

You cut a handle and then you staple the handle on to it.

Preparation for Module 6 >> 

Module 6: Understanding the importance of questioning 

Module 6 is about different types of questions that require different levels of thinking by learners. Think about ways you promote questioning with your learners and the types of questions that you focus on. Consider who asks the most questions and who gets the most practice at asking questions.

Updated on: 03 May 2022