Memorising the dictionary

From Teflpedia

Memorising the dictionary involves rote learning large numbers of words and their meanings from a dictionary or other word list. The student may learn the translation(s) of words into their L1.

This is a very traditional approach which tends to be favoured in certain cultures. The result is often that students know the meaning of many words but lack other aspects of word knowledge, e.g. a word's register, or the relative frequency of a word compared to its synonyms, etc.