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Teaching vocabularyOne of the most difficult aspects of teaching English to esl students is vocabulary. native speakers learn vocabulary through immersion and trial and error. From when they are very young, they pick up most of their basic vocabulary from their environment. The ESL student does not have the benefit of this method of language acquisition. Their environment does not usually assist in the acquisition of English vocabulary, therefore teaching this aspect of English is one of the most challenging. Teachers will need to give and create an environment that can complement the acquisition and more importantly the retention of vocabulary. This paper will consider the teaching strategies of vocabulary for esl students where their primary environmental language is not English and their ages range from the late teens to adult. I will discuss the areas of  acquisition of vocabulary,  methods of practicing vocabulary,  retention of vocabulary and  discovery of new vocabulary. Acquisition of Vocabulary True acquisition of vocabulary is not just simply knowing the word and knowing the definition of it. It must involve several aspects. 1 - Ability to define the word 2 - Recognition of written and spoken form 3 - Pronunciation and spelling of the word