Learner tip – Recording vocabulary

wp_20170126_12_52_31_proThink about how you record your vocabulary. Do you just write down new words as you hear them and then struggle to find them again when you need them? Is your vocabulary in a messy A-Z book? Is it difficult to remember how to use the words?

Instead, try grouping words and phrases which are connected by meaning. Look at my example (phrases to talk about evening activities) and notice how it is recorded.

  • It shows that the same verb (go) can be used in lots of ways.
  • Prepositions (e.g. for) and articles (e.g. the) are underlined to make me notice the differences in each phrase.
  • Opposites are noted (stay in # go out) to extend my vocabulary set
  • Alternatives are recorded (t.v. / telly) to give me variety in my speaking
  • A real situation is added – In my example I have decided that evening activities are usually used for inviting people or talking about plans
  • Grammatical structures are highlighted so I know how to use this structure with other verbs (Do you fancy + ing?)
  • Natural examples are written down in full sentences (I feel like just staying in and reading my book)
  • Highlighters are used for my favourite phrases that I want to try and use in real life

cropped-speech-bubble.png What do you think?  If you like the idea, buy a notebook today and start recording your English vocabulary like this.  It will help you extend your vocabulary set, help you easily find and remember words and help you produce lovely full sentences! Let me know if it works for you 🙂

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Nicki is a Cambridge qualified, experienced English teacher for foreign learners. She loves helping English learners to learn real English and communicate with confidence!

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