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All about English Vocabulary

By Ricky Rutledge

Introduction

This is for English Language Learners (and teachers) who are interested in Vocabulary, it's importance, how to learn it, play with it, and remember it.

Ricky Rutledge — A Kiwi boy, living, loving being, and teaching, in Valledupar, Colombia. Facilitator of life-long learning. ...

Added by Ricky Rutledge: “Vocabulary Learning for Learners and Teachers...some more cool websites to check out, and other links.

1 English with Jennifer

For me, a TESOL convention wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Electronic Village. Sometimes you have to search for the EV down a long hallway or two, but once I found the EV folk in Portland, I also discovered new ideas for vocabulary instruction. Jill Ballard, Laurie Frazier, and Shalle Leeming of Academy of Art University, San Francisco

Added by Ricky Rutledge: “Words are like People, they (usually) don't exist in isolation - they need friends, family, other words that give them meaning. You've got to have a system: vocabulary development

2 How do you Know you're Learning the Right Words? Have you got a System? Be Organised, but Have Fun!

Julie Norton, a university lecturer and materials writer, considers the benefits of adopting a systematic approach to vocabulary development and suggests a checklist for evaluating the vocabulary included in teaching materials. Takeaway ValueAll learners want to feel that they are making progress, so it is important for them to take away something at the end of each lesson. Learning new

4 Activating New Vocabulary for English Learners

Have you ever been in an English learning classroom and heard the same old vocabulary? Go, eat, buy, study, learn, speak, etc. or school, class, teacher, student, hamburger, etc. I'm often surprised at how students tend to repeat vocabulary over and over again. It seems like students just feel more comfortable using the tried and true. That's great for beginners

Added by Ricky Rutledge: “Now you know the Vocabulary, you've got to practice it, and what better way to do that, than by playing Games!...check these 6 Vocabulary games out...

5 Six Great Vocab Games

Added by Ricky Rutledge: “Jim Burke's list of 358 academic vocabulary words culled from a survey of textbooks, assignments, standards, and examinations. Teachers, if the thought of addressing 358 academic vocabulary terms in your limited class time is daunting, send your students to learn the words on their own time from this Vocabulary.com word list based on Burke's list and then focus your valuable class time on a subset of the words that you find to be the most critical. Burke recently came out with this "A-List" of 15 academic vocabulary words that he based on what his current teaching colleagues decided are central to all subjects and in keeping with the Common Core.

6 The Vocabulary of Test Directions

Jim Burke's classic guide for the teaching of English, The English Teacher's Companion, is now in its fourth edition, but one element that has remained intact over the years is a list of 358 academic vocabulary words Burke culled from a survey of textbooks, assignments, standards, and examinations. Although the term academic vocabulary means different things to different educators, I

Added by Ricky Rutledge: “This is the partner to the Academic word list - this is the General Service word list of the most common words in English, in general use. You'll find it here presented in Quizlet, complete with games and exercises to help you remember, enjoy!

7 NGSL for Quizlet

Added by Ricky Rutledge: “We know that Vocabulary is connected to the 4 skills (Reading,Writing,Listening,Speaking), as well as fluency and comprehension, but there's much more. Accomplished newspaper columnist, and Author, Kelly Corrigan, explains in this Video, how and why Reading is the foundation of Vocabulary. She also highlights, how Vocabulary determines Professional success, Intellectual development, and Personal growth (Yes, it's that important). So what are you waiting for?....get out that book! (look for the little speech bubble on the right-hand side and make a comment)

8 English Vocabulary - What's the secret?

Added by Ricky Rutledge: “OK, so now you know why Vocabulary is so important, and you know a little bit about how to build it. We know that it's important to meet new vocabulary like a good friend - multiple times, and in various circumstances. It's also important that the words be in context (with other friends) and not sad and alone. Once again, what's the foundation for building Vocabulary?...yes, that's right - READING. Here is a 6-step plan to build your Vocabulary like a Skyscraper, read on... (look for the little speech bubble on the right-hand side and make a comment)

9 How? : Tips for Teaching & Learning Vocabulary

Every Monday my seventh grade English teacher would have us copy a list of 25 words she'd written on the board. We'd then look up the dictionary definitions and copy those down. For homework, we'd re-write each word seven times. Good, now you know it. Test on Friday and never for those 25 words to be seen again. Poof. Old

Added by Ricky Rutledge: “Let's take a look at what I means to 'Know' words, and to know your own personal preferences for learning. (look for the little speech bubble on the right-hand side and make a comment)

10 Know Thyself, and what it means to 'Know' a word.

Congratulations, by now you will know just how important Vocabulary is for you, as a Language Learner (or Teacher). How many words do you think an average native-speaker knows? (have a quick guess before you read on). This study from the University of Calgary, shows that an average, University-educated speaker, will have a Receptive (Passive) Vocabulary of about 20,000 words,

Added by Ricky Rutledge: “It's very important to know that words don't usually exist alone, but they like to be together in groups, in families, with other words they know...just like we Humans! Here's an explanation and examples, of why it's important to learn and teach words together - lexical chunks, collocations, etc.

11 The Vocabulary – Grammar Continuum: A third approach to activity design

Alice Savage and Colin Ward are professors of ESOL at Lone Star College - North Harris in Houston, USA. This article is adapted from their presentation 'Beginning Writing Students and the Vocabulary-Grammar Continuum' at the 2014 International TESOL Conference in Portland, Oregon. Words are powerful things. When we look at research-based word lists, such as the General Service List or

Added by Ricky Rutledge: “As you know, this is the key to learning at School and University, and therefore it determines your Academic success in general. Here are some tips to enhance the Teaching/Learning of Vocabulary, including; Marzanos 6-steps (again). Haiku Deck Presentation App. The Frayer Model for Vocabulary development. (look for the little speech bubble on the right-hand side and make a comment)

12 Academic Vocabulary - The secret to Academic Success

What is 'Academic Vocabulary'? Why should academic vocabulary be explicitly taught? to build students' background knowledge on a concept (not just for English learners) because some academic words have multiple meanings, depending on the context (ex: table, root, line...) to prepare students to read, hear or speak about a new concept because understanding important words related to a new concept

Added by Ricky Rutledge: “The Academic Word List (AWL) is a list of the most commonly used Academic words. It was created by Averil Coxhead from my old University - Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. The words are sourced from the full range of Academic literature, and a corpus of 3.5 million words. It's important to know this Vocabulary, not only if you intend studying in an English-speaking College or University, but also for general newspaper, magazine and periodical reading, T.V., Movies, and conversation. Here you will find Vocabulary gap-fill exercises to help you review and recycle common Academic Vocabulary. Check it out and have fun! (look for the little speech bubble on the right-hand side and make a comment)

13 Academic Vocabulary - Academic Word List Exercises

English Vocabulary Exercises .com home Vocabulary Exercises for the Academic Word List What is the Academic Word List? The AWL is a list of words which appear with high frequency in English-language academic texts. The list was compiled by Averil Coxhead at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Why should I learn it? You will need to know this

Added by Ricky Rutledge: “Read this excellent article from Language Guru Larry Ferlazzo. Larry talks about what exactly is Academic Language, its importance, and a few tips and examples about how to learn it, and teach it.

14 English-Language Learners and Academic Language

Larry Ferlazzo I teach English & Social Studies at inner-city high school in Sacramento,CA Editor's Note: This blog was co-authored by Katie Hull Sypnieski. Portions of this post are excerpted from their book, The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide: Ready-to-Use Strategies, Tools, and Activities for Teaching English-Language Learners of All Levels. Helping English-language learners develop proficiency in academic language has always

Added by Ricky Rutledge: “Here are some invaluable free downloadable resources from my fellow Kiwi, and Academic Vocabulary Guru, Paul Nation. (look for the little speech bubble on the right-hand side and make a comment)

15 Academic Vocabulary - Free Downloads

Paul Nation School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies address BEdStud MA (Hons) DipTESL Paul Nation is Emeritus Professor in Applied Linguistics at the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies (LALS) at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He supervises PhD research on vocabulary. He has taught in Indonesia, Thailand, the United States, Finland and Japan. Recent BooksA recent

Added by Ricky Rutledge: “Do you like infographics ? Have you noticed how popular they are these days? There are good reasons why - Infographics present information in an interesting, visual, colourful, engaging, graphic way (hence the name). Here's my Pinterest list of Vocabulary (by no means exhaustive). Have a look, and see if there are any that tickle your fancy, and don't forget to make a comment.

16 Vocabulary | Infographics

17 Top 4 Android Apps for Learning Vocabulary

April 29, 2015 Upon the request of several readers of our blog, we have done some sifting through the Android app store and curated the selection below. These are some of the most popular apps that you can use to teach your students and kids English vocabulary. Our selection is based on a variety of rating criteria such as number

Added by Ricky Rutledge: “A Vocabulary Diary can be an effective and simple way to store and review your new words. Check out this article with lots of useful tips, plus some free downloadable materials. (look for the little speech bubble on the right-hand side and make a comment)

18 Tools for Learning Vocabulary - Vocabulary Diary

As Scott Thornbury (in How To Teach Vocabulary) and Paul Nation and Peter Gu (in Focus On Vocabulary) point out, learners need to use vocabulary items six or seven times, in different contexts or ways, for these to begin to enter long-term memory storage. Furthermore, as I wrote in this post, various studies suggest it's a good idea to revise

Added by Ricky Rutledge: “Dictionary.com is a Dictionary on Steroids! It also features a Thesaurus, Vocabulary activities, Crossword Puzzles, Translator, Quotes, Word of the day, and complete reference guide. It has it's own toolbar, website widget, and Browser plug-in. It's the Swiss Army Knife of Vocabulary Learning, and you can use it on your mobile phone too. Check it out... (look for the little speech bubble on the right-hand side and make a comment)

19 Tools for Learning Vocabulary - "Dictionary.com"

The world's most popular dictionary and thesaurus with definitions, synonyms, antonyms, idioms, word origins, quotes, audio pronunciations, example sentences and Word of the Day! Look up the meaning of words, slang, phrases, idioms, and abbreviations in our free English Dictionary, Spanish-English Dictionary, Legal Dictionary, Medical Dictionary and more!

Added by Ricky Rutledge: “Quizlet is a free website providing Vocabulary learning tools for students, including flashcards, study and game modes. Students create their own sets of flashcards, which can also contain images and/or audio. You can also search through the 30 million + sets they have - there's something for everyone. Teachers can create their own classes, and there are Apps for all platforms. Quizlet has 6 different study and Game modes, to challenge you in a variety of ways. This is THE Vocabulary study/teaching tool, so check it out...here's a Youtube Playlist of Quizlet tutorial videos - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLemDxk4cKs5fpE7_hWWQw0jEUd5_pHfvA (look for the little speech bubble on the right-hand side and make a comment)

20 Tools for Learning Vocabulary - "Quizlet"

Added by Ricky Rutledge: “Flashcards are a tried and true way of memorizing new words. Here's a flashcard-style vocabulary learning tool with it's own IOS app. You can create your own flashcards, collaborate with other learners, or use the official sets. It's all free, of course. (look for the little speech bubble on the right-hand side and make a comment)

21 Tools of Vocabulary Learning - "Vocbox"

Added by Ricky Rutledge: “Freerice is an online Game that also donates Rice to Charities, by playing multiple-choice quiz games. Subjects include English Grammar and Vocabulary, lots of other languages, Geography, Art, Literature, and more. As you answer questions correctly, you fill a bowl of Rice, which gets donated to the United Nations World Food Program. So you can learn English Vocabulary (and grammar) and help feed the world's poor...how good is that! (look for the little speech bubble on the right-hand side and make a comment)

22 Exercises, Activities & Games - "Freerice"

Added by Ricky Rutledge: “Building blocks - Synonyms are a great way to grow your vocabulary quickly, but building on what you already know (previous knowledge). Check out these fantastic exercises to really help you turbo-charge your learning... (look for the little speech bubble on the right-hand side and make a comment)

23 Exercises, Activities & Games - Synonyms

Added by Ricky Rutledge: “Expand your vocabulary with this simple, easy and fun Vocabulary Game. You can play on your own, or with friends, and it has it's own IOS app. They call Knoword, exercise fun for the mind, just like going to the Gym...but you'd better be fast! (look for the little speech bubble on the right-hand side and make a comment)

24 Exercises, Activities & Games - "Knoword"

Added by Ricky Rutledge: “Spice up your Vocabulary teaching, and Learning, with these 10 cool Vocabulary Games

26 10 ESL Vocabulary Games To Get Your Students Seriously Engaged | FluentU English Educator Blog

Trying to teach a group of intermediate students ain't easy. At this level, rehashing the basics is a bore and introducing more advanced topics can result in frustration. Tired of seeing only two or three students actually paying attention in your class? It's amazing what a difference a few fun games can make! Things like building vocabulary are an essential

Added by Ricky Rutledge: “OK, so now you have all this new Vocabulary, but how do you remember it? - here's some tips

27 How to memorise vocabulary

Cluster Those one-word-a-day language learning apps may feel convenient, but thematically, they're all over the place, delivering a chain of unrelated words: envelope, tired, January, receive, onion. Focus on a single theme each week. The mind naturally clusters connected words together, so learning, say, types of weather in one lesson, and parts of the body the next, works in tune

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