Top Methods and Tips For Practicing Your New Vocabulary!

by / Tuesday, 05 October 2021

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When you study English, whether it is in a face-to-face classroom or online, you will find that you will be learning lots of new vocabulary every day with your teacher. However, it is very important to revise and practice all the vocabulary that you learn, in your own time. The best way to help you transfer the new vocabulary into your long-term memory is to practice at regular intervals over a long period of time. This will really help you get the most out of your English classes, and it will help you to recall what you have learned when you want to use it in writing or speaking.

It is much easier for your brain to learn chunks of vocabulary, rather than individual words. Always try to learn phrases and fixed expressions, idioms, collocations and multi-word items. This will really help you to remember more.

Here are some good ideas for you to try at home!

This is a great online resource to record vocabulary that you have studied, and you can review it at any time.  Matching activities, flashcards, spelling practice and other fun ways are available to help you remember. The constant repetition will help you to remember more easily.

Design a quiz and play it together with your friends.  Make it a competition! When you practice with other people it is more motivating and, you get to have a lot of speaking practice too!

  • Make your own flashcards!

Make your own flashcards and practise at any time of the day.  The process of writing or drawing on your own makes you learn in a deeper way. Try 5 minutes every day and you will definitely soon see a difference.  Use pictures as well as words. It is a good idea to keep them all in a box and open it frequently. It is best to practice at regular intervals until it is in your long-term memory, to stop you from forgetting the vocabulary.

  • Use it!

Make sure you use as much of the new vocabulary that you learn in class as possible, or you will soon forget.  Writing your own sentences, with the vocabulary in an interesting and personal context, is always a good way to remember.  Make gapped sentences and get your friends or family to complete them. You will be speaking and learning pronunciation with your teacher in the live classes – face to face, or online. Try and find opportunities to speak to other people outside and use the new vocabulary and practice the correct pronunciation. This is a great way to practice what you learn and to achieve good spoken English. It will also really increase your confidence and give you a feeling of pride!

  • Vocabulary word families

Make tables in your notebook to record complete word families.  If you learn a noun, research the verb, adjective and even adverb for that word. Check the pronunciation for the different parts of speech, as it can often vary! If you use an online dictionary, app or Google you can hear the words. Remember that when you learn in this way it is easier for your brain, and you can learn more with less effort!

Good luck with practicing your new vocabulary. Remember to practice often and for short periods of time, and remember to have fun!