How many words should I learn?
- Learn AT LEAST 10 words every class.
- Advanced groups: learn AT LEAST 15 every class.
- Most students say they take about 20 minutes.
Which words should I learn?
All the lists below come from here:http://www.newgeneralservicelist.org
I've put easy-to-use copies in the Shared Materials folder.
- First, learn the "START HERE" list of NGSL words useful for everyone
- Next, learn one or more of the specialised lists (careful - they overlap)
- The "NAWL" list of university words
- The TOEIC list
- The Business list
- After that stop using word lists. Read more instead
- After the first few thousand words, lists are not worth the effort.
- You can keep learning words, but you probably won't see them again.
- The exception would be a very short very specialised list (e.g. "marketing terms" "British legal terms", "Australian slang").
- Read more instead.
- If you don't know a word, just guess word meanings
- If you think it might be worth learning, check: (link) - ask me in class if you are doing this and I'll show you how it works.
How should I learn?
1) Download the "START HERE" excel sheet
2) Edit the sheet
- Delete the lines you already know.
- If you already know all the "START HERE" words, use the other lists
- The other lists don't have translations - add them yourself
3) RENUMBER your words (at least from 1-280)
4) Learn your words. Any method is OK
- Word cards (paper/app)
- Writing each word ten times
- A Leitner box ( I will explain)
4) However, print at least the first 280 words and bring that sheet to every class
5) Be ready to tell your partner which words you have learned (e.g. "test me on words 71-80")
6) Occasionally, ask your partner to test 10 random words from your whole list.
How will you check my homework?
- From class 3, forget your list = NG stamp
- You will test your partner on their words every class (no points).
- As soon as you have enough words (about week 3), I will start making online tests
- You will take one online test after every class
- There will be an end of term test. See your syllabus for how many points this is worth.
- Bonus points are NOT available for extra words
Remember - one word = many words.
Use any of these words in your list, examples and sentences.
- "analyse" (n) = analyse, analysed, analysing
- "analysis" (v) = analyser, analysers, analyses, analysis, analyst, analysts
- "analytic" (adj) = analytic, analytical
- "analytically" (adv) = analytically
- UK spellings = analyze, analyzed, analyzes, analyzing, etc
Useful websites for learning more ABOUT how to use words
- BYU Corpus: (link) (Written and Spoken US English)
- Word and phrase: (link) (American Academic English)
- Webcorp: (link) (Internet English)
- Subzin: (link) (Movie English)
- LexTutor: (link) (analyses words according to level)
- WordNet: (link) (How words are connected)
- RL: (link) (What words people associate with other words