I teach in Italy, lots of one to one, lots of groups.
My question: in an advance level class, what options would you consider for helping students understand the meanings and different nuances of meaning for the following word set, taken from "Advanced Matters" student book?
Musty, sour, fragrant, booming, pungent, fluffy, stirring, cuddly, fuzzy, rancid, mouldy, squeaky, drab.
The students' book gets ss to group by senses & think of examples. Ok as far as it goes, but the first challenge they have is to understand the meanings of the words.
In particular, I'm interested in different ideas for dictionary use (Eng-Eng or Eng-Italian at advanced level??) in the group classroom and with one to one students.
I don't feel I get students using dictionaries enough in the class & feel that I'm relying too much on my knowledge of Italian and/or ability to clarify meaning in English, but I feel that at this level I'm not helping them sufficiently to understand difficult vocabulary.
And more generally at CAE Advanced level, I find it a real challenge helping students with, for example, multiple choice cloze, words in context in readings etc and how much classroom time to dedicate to new words in readings. In other words, what are the best ways to really help student meet the vocabulary challenge at Advanced level and beyond?
Ta in advance