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Vocabulary

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WORD OF THE DAY


CONVERSATIONAL VOCABULARY:   ENGLISH IN THE REAL WORLD  

The  Art of Conversation

 English for the Ladies


Strategies to Improve Your Vocabulary 

VOCABULARY LISTS:  

Basic Sight Words 
The Dolch basic 220 words 

The Dolch words are the 220 most frequently found words in books that children read.  These words are usually learned in first and second grade; students who learn these words have a good base for beginning reading.  Many of these words cannot be sounded out because they do not follow decoding rules, so they must be learned as sight words. 
One way of estimating a primary students reading level is by having the student identify the 220 Dolch Basic Sight Words. The number of words recognized is the basis for assigning his/her equivalent reading level.

The scale is as follows:
# OF DOLCH WORDS RECOGNIZED

ESTIMATED READING LEVEL
0 - 75

Pre-primer
76 - 120

Primer
121 - 170

1st Year
171 - 210

2nd Year
Above 210

3rd Year +

  
BASIC 2,000 WORDS 

ACADEMIC WORD LIST

The Academic Word List was created by Averil Coxhead at as part of her research at Victoria University in New Zealand. 

She analyZed journals, texts and course notes in a range of disciplines, including Arts, Business, Law and Science, to establish the most common words. 

There are 570 words (word families) in the list.

Studies show that to read a text and have a reasonable understanding, the reader needs to know 95 out of every 100 words. 

If vocabulary is too limited, the reader will have a lot of trouble reading academic texts and newspapers. Knowledge of the vocabulary in the list will help students aiming to do well in English language tests such as IELTS and will also be useful for EFL students currently studying in English at University or College.

Academic Word List divided into 10 sublists with learning activities/quizzes

Wikionary: look up the meanings of all new words in the academic word list 
The Academic Wordlist Highlighter  See how the words are used in texts. Cut and paste newspaper articles (or your essays) here to highlight AWL words. Button 1 highlights only list one. Button 2 highlights 1 & 2. Button 3 highlights 1, 2 & 3, and so on

CONFUSING WORDS : WORD CHOICE

More Word Lists  

CONFUSING WORDS : WORD CHOICE


 Learning Vocabulary Through Definitions and Pictures

Language in Use:  How do native speakers  express common ideas:

Slide Show Language in use


Health and Illness Vocabulary 



    WORDS IN  THE NEWS

    Weather and Natural Disasters 
    Finances 






    SYNONYMS FOR BASIC ADJECTIVES: 
    The following words are not direct synonyms. They show degree or type of happiness, sadness, fear etc.). Do NOT simply chose any word as a replacement for your more simple word. If you do not understand one of these words, look it up in a ditionnary to make sure you are using the correct word.












    EMPLOYMENT AND JOB RELATED VOCABULARY 


    CASHIER VOCABULARY: 

    EDUCATION, SCHOOL
    Words and phrases to describe education, school  

    BUSINESS AND FINANCE EXPRESSIONS AND IDIOMS 


    COLLOCATIONS: Words that go together  

    CONFUSING WORDS 



    CONTEXT CLUES 

    HOLIDAY VOCABULARY


    HEALTH RELATED VOCABULARY




    HOMONYMS
    Homonyms are words that sound alike but are spelled differently and have different meanings
    The context determines which homonym is appropriate. Some of the most common homonyms are there, they're, and their. Other homonyms are right ( direction) and (write (to form letters on paper) Other examples include:herd (a group of cows) and heard (past tense of hear); son (male child) and sun (star that is the source of heat and light for the earth); 


    IDIOMS AND COMMON EXPRESSIONS 



    PHRASAL VERBS 
    Prefixes, Suffixes and Roots 

    VERBS AS VOCABULARY : What's the correct way to say     




    General Vocabulary Quizzes and Practice 



    A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words

    WORD FORMS


    IDIOMS:



    Common Expressions and Idioms:
    Source Suyen VCC CPE Pronunciation and Communication (Pron and Com)


    SPORTS IDIOMS:
    PHRASAL VERBS:

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