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What is the best way to enrich the vocabulary? Reading or memorizing? These two ways depend on the individual. I am never good at keeping the newly-learnt words in my mind; it needs a lot of repetition. Some parents also complain about their kids' vocabulary knowledge to be low. They are -including me :) - never satisfied with what they have seen as they always expect more. I keep saying that learners should read more often, do a lot of practise by watching TV series, programmes or DVDs, doing crossword puzzles in their free time or keep a diary in English when they are not at school. I need advice about the probable ways of acquiring more words as well :))

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Mike Le Prof's picture
Mike Le Prof

Nice post! And an interesting issue as well:)Really, parents are asking too much. And in memorising the words a lot depends on ss, though they don't often understand that. When I give my ss some new vocabulary, I always try to think of connotations with this or that word and of some example of our everyday life. It helps, and some active word games as well.

OxanaKhrushcheva's picture
OxanaKhrushcheva

Thank you for the post.I agree with the ways mentioned but I'd add communication as well,both written and oral.Texting with foreign friends or having a penpal can do us much good in enriching our vocabulary.

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nahla_shaw

Memorizing words without a connection is difficult and will never last. Therefore it is always good to ask the students to connect the word to their life.