As teachers, and proficient second language speakers, we have figured out ways to communicate words that we don’t know. We can teach this skill to students early on so that they can begin doing it right away. Circumlocution is a strategy for describing or defining a concept instead of saying or writing the specific words (when we don’t know it). We can teach students how to do this and give them tools to help in the process.
In this episode I give some suggestions to teach students the art of circumlocution. I also talk about some games that are useful for practicing this skills.