What is a Lexeme?

LEXEME is the term used in Linguistics‏‎ to refer to a word (a minimal unit of language) with a distinctive meaning (a semantic value) and often a specific cultural concept attached to it. banana, love, animal, run These are all lexemes. Lexemes can be seen as the basic elements of […]


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Vocabulary‏‎ and TEFL

The Vocabulary is the collection of words‏‎ in a language. In English there are estimated to be roughly 1,000,000 words in the language; this is a huge increase on the 50,000 words available in Old English. These words are generally derived from one of several main sources: Germanic (including Old […]


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Vocabulary Poker – Vocabulary Activity

Vocabulary Poker is a great game for practicing vocabulary and semantic fields. It’s easy to play and great fun for the students. Although it can be played by beginners, it’s probably best for intermediate and advanced students. NB in some countries it may be culturally inappropriate to use a term […]


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Varieties of English Spelling

There are several major varieties of English‏‎: American, British, Australian and so on. This article looks at differences in spelling between these. It is a general guide which covers the majority of cases, however remember that there are exceptions which will need to be taught to your TEFL class on […]


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Using Realia in TEFL Teaching

The word real on which this word is built gives a big clue to what realia is. In foreign language instruction realia are real-life objects used in the classroom to illustrate and teach vocabulary‏‎ or to help students learn and produce. Realia can consist of almost anything including both objects […]


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