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?
Find the "Vocab" folder in the Shared Materials folder.
All the lists below come from here:http://www.newgeneralservicelist.org
I've tweaked and combined some of these lists to make them easiuer to use.
- First, learn the "NGSL" list of 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 learning prepared lists. It's not worth the effort. You can keep learning words, but you're less and less likely to actually see them again.
- Use your vocab time for reading 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 do I submit the vocab homework?
1) Download the template (TEMPLATE for VOCAB.docx) from the Dropbox folder
2) Follow the example
3) Don't forget to NUMBER your words from 1-280
4) Print it and bring it to class
Where do I get the example sentences?
DO NOT write your own example sentences or use your dictionary. The example sentences are to help you understand how words are used. Some words have the same meaning, but are used differently. For example, what is the difference between "Furthermore" and "In addition"? Only example sentences can really tell you.
- Don't GOogle the word - it gives you 20 pages of definitions, not examples
- Use google NEWS to get a news sentence.
- Don't use your dictionary or dictionary web - the example is often not natural
- BYU COCA: (link)
- You can choose specialist uses of the word (e.g. Academic, Law).
- I will show you how to use this in class
Read the sentence examples. Choose one example
Only choose sentences you understand.
Copy WHOLE sentences. Try to get the START or END (.:;"!?) a phrase.
Otherwise, copy AT LEAST five words before and after
Tests and grading
- Starting class 3, I will check your homework every class.
- Forget your Vocab sheet - 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 available for extra words
How to learn
If you keep getting low scores using sheets, try:
- Word cards (paper/app)
- Writing each word ten times
- A Leitner box ( I will explain)
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 ABOUT 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