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Yes and No. Teaching key words before introducing a new passage has always been the way teachers have taught new words.

Considering your class age and abilities it is best to begin with this plan and gauge your classes experience and level. With beginners it’s good to pre-teach a selection of words and search out those words in the text through rapid scanning.  With intermediates and up it is fun to try to deduce the meaning of new words through the context.

A fun way to work on new words and phrases is through the game Call My Bluff from ESL Classroom Activities for Teens and Adults (on Amazon in paperback or here in PDF).

If you have any questions, please email Shelley Vernon direct at games@ teachingenglishgames.com.