Vocabulary Acquisition

This course will provide a thorough overview of the key research on vocabulary acquisition and discuss its implications for MFL teaching and learning. More specifically, the focus will be on:

  • What it means to ‘know’ a word
  • What makes a word more/less learnable
  • How words are stored in and accessed from Long-Term Memory
  • Formulaic language, Constructions, Collocations and Colligations
  • How many words our students need to know at different stages of proficiency
  • Explicit vs Incidental learning
  • Teaching vocabulary across all four skills
  • Effective encoding and retrieval practice
  • Working towards automaticity


This event is supported by the Victorian Government.


Gianfranco Conti, PhD (Applied linguistics), MA (TEFL), PGCE (Mod Langs)

Visiting fellow at Faculty of Modern Languages and Culture, University of Reading

Founder and CEO:



"Breaking the language barrier: teaching learners how to listen"

"Memory: what every language teacher should know"

"The Language teacher toolkit"

"Spanish sentence builders: a lexicogrammar approach (Beginner to Pre-intermediate)"

"French sentence builders: a lexicogrammar approach (Beginner to Pre-intermediate)"

"Spanish sentence builders - Listening"

"Italian Sentence builders"

"German Sentence builders"

"Spanish GCSE revision" ,

"French GCSE revision"

"Spanish Sentence Builders" (Book 2)


Event Information

Event Date 04/10/2022 5:00 pm
Event End Date 04/10/2022 6:00 pm
Cut off date 04/10/2022 12:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Location Zoom session

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