In order to get a clearer picture of language teaching and, consequently,
of how to avoid bored and boring teachers, let’s address a list of the
services teachers should provide. Traditionally, language teachers
trained and checked six core competences: vocabulary, understanding
of speech, production of speech, reading, writing, and grammar. As we
have seen in the Words chapter, vocabulary training is inherently a
lonely job because nobody except yourself can transfer thousands of
words into your brain.