Recording new vocabulary
|In my language||独立 /مستقل|
|Definition||Not depending on other people for help, or preferring to do things by yourself|
|Example sentences||He finished high school through independent study|
|Collocations||Independent variable, Independent study|
|Word family||Adjective = Independent / Adverb = Independently|
What should you put in each section?
In my languageIf you cannot understand the meaning of a new word from the context of the sentence it is in, it can be useful to translate the word into your own language. You can use a tool such as Google Translate. However, you need to think carefully about the translation. Does it make sense to you? Does it fit the context? Was it the word you were expecting? Remember, words can have lots of different meanings so sometimes translations are not accurate.When you understand the word more fully you should go back to this translation and think about whether you still think it is correct. Give yourself space under each word to add more and more information about the word every time you hear it, read it or use it.
DefinitionMake sure you remember to choose the correct definition from the dictionary by thinking about how the word is being used in this particular sentence. Remember, one word in English can mean many different things.
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Example sentenceIt is important to record the new word in a sentence so you can see how it is used and understand it in context. A good place to find example sentences from an academic context is SkELL. You should also keep adding examples every time you hear the word used in a new, different or interesting way. If you do this, you will understand the word a lot better and be able to use it more accurately in all situations.
CollocationsWords in English often have partner words that are used together more often than other words and sound more natural together. We call these words collocations. We will look at these more closely later in the week but, to start, a good place to find collocates for your words is the Pearson Academic Wordlist.
Word familyIt is important that you record the type of word that you learn and try to find out how the word is used in other parts of speech.For example:
|Independent = Adjective||She is a very independent learner.|
|Independently = Adverb||She learns independently.|
SynonymsYou could also add a column in your table for synonyms to help you think of other ways of saying the same word and make your writing more interesting and less repetitive.
Your taskCreate a vocabulary table like the one in the example for the words below. We have provided a vocabulary log template to help you with this.
- independent learningTry to use one whole page for each word to give yourself enough space to keep adding information every time you see or hear the word and learn something new.You should try to add all of the key terms you have heard on the course so far to your vocabulary log and any new words you hear throughout the course.If you would like to share your vocabulary log you could make one using Office 365 or Google Docs and post the link in the comments.
English for Academic Study
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