In yesterday's lesson I explained how I use a thesaurus and a collocations dictionary to help me to gather vocabulary ideas. Did you find it strange that an English teacher (and native English speaker) would need to use these resources?
It's true that, as a native English speaker, if I brainstorm for long enough I can probably find all of the ideas that I need in my head. However, I can make the task so much easier and quicker by using a dictionary, thesaurus, collocations dictionary and the Internet.
Are you using these resources to expand your own language repertoire?