Hi folks, I was told during teacher training that learners should only hear new words to begin with, and not see them, say them or write them as they will not have been internalised. Now into my second full year of teaching, I find that I am still not sure of judging how long I need to be introducing vocabulary items before allowing pupils to use them. For example, I am delivering a two week taster session of Spanish to S2 (year 8) pupils. We will be doing numbers next, and I'd like to do something like a game of battleships where they can use the letters from the previous lesson and the numbers from the new one. How long would experienced teacher spend on having the pupils listen to the numbers? How long would you wait until the pupils used them for themselves somehow? I tend to check understanding of new vocab through some numbered cards I made. I display four items on the board and say one of them. Pupils hold up the correct numbered card to show their understanding. What other techniques/activities do others use when introducing vocabulary?