Vocabulary self-study activities

      Here are some tips you can give your students to help them with their vocabulary acquisition and self study.

      • Make your own word box
        • Use one card per word, with the English on one side and a translation on the other.
        • Test yourself with the cards, sort them into categories, play games with them.
      • Find a good basic vocabulary word list, say of about 1 - 2000 words which are sorted according to subject areas.
        • Revise 8 words per day regularly. In your mind, try to lock the particular word onto the image of an object (e.g. 'influenza' - think of a person sneezing).
        • To practise, randomly pick a number of words and make up a simple, but probably crazy, story using the words. You can do the same with the words in your vocabulary box.
      • Have a good general attitude towards words
        • Note down all new words.
        • 'Fish for language' by going through life with an open eye and attentive ear.
        • 'Soliloquize', i.e. translate along in your mind silently
          • as you are doing things (as if you were speaking to an imaginary friend by your side)
          • as you are listening to the news
          • as you watch people doing something
          • as you see any object around
      • Read aloud to yourself from printed text.
        • Increase your exposure to words
        • Television
        • BBC Radio (shortwave world receiver)
        • Books
        • Magazines Newspapers (from UK/USA)
        • English-language films on video
        • Pop songs (wonderful for vocabulary and grammar!)
        • Correspondence with an English native speaker pen-friend


      Elisabeth Boeck

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