An Etymological Approach to Teaching English Vocabulary
This paper explores how English words are taught, particularly the teaching of etymology. Etymological knowledge is taught differently according to students’ level and purpose. This paper examines three classes, different in terms of motivation, ability and purpose. In previous general classes, three word parts （prefixes, roots and suffixes） were taught. Currently in a remedial class （below 250 on the TOEIC）, students have poor motivation and a limited vocabulary, so they are taught using katakana characters. Remedial students are taught English through katakana and encouraged to memorize words in this way. In another class, preparing for the TOEIC exam, students are taught how to classify speech. Understanding parts of speech （adjective, adverb, verb, etc.） allows them to answer grammatical questions more quickly. As a consequence, these students achieved higher TOEIC scores than before.
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