OK, I hold my hands up, I admit it. I overload my students with vocabulary.
The word ‘gooseberry’ inexplicably crops up. I’m not going to write that down am I? It’s not in the slightest related to negotiations or the workplace…
But it is a lovely word and what if the student ever wants to make a gooseberry pie (using an English recipe) and can’t identify the fruit? What if he ever wants to describe an uncomfortable ‘three’s-a-crowd’ situation?
So I write it down. At the end of the lesson the vocabulary sheet is dotted with miscellaneous words like this, and the student must revise them all for next lesson.
The following week the learner remembers gooseberry but he doesn’t recall some of the important expressions like ‘to drive a hard bargain’. I think we might have a problem here.
So what should I do? Should I divide my vocabulary lists into ‘general/ professional’ columns and tell the learner to focus on the latter, or should I omit general vocabulary entirely?
I’d love to hear your advice on my vocabulary problem, especially if you also work in the business English domain.