Mastering English: Keys to Effective Study – VOCABULARY

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Discovering the Importance of Vocabulary

Vocabulary in English is a wonderful opportunity to learn as many words as we can to express ourselves in various ways. Speaking of vocabulary, I have much to say, but why? Because it is often something we don’t realize we lack until the moment we realize we need it. For example, the vocabulary we use with our boss is not the same as with our friends, at the hospital, restaurant, or café. That’s why today we are going to talk about its importance and how to study it.

The Vocabulary Journey: Strategies for Effective Learning

When I studied English, vocabulary always came second in my study schedule, right after the grammar section. How did I start? First, I had the verb tenses I was studying in front of me to get an idea of the type  of vocabulary I might need.

The Power of Context: Understanding Word Levels

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Then, I made sure to have an online dictionary at hand, where I could enter the words I was studying. Often, a word has more than one meaning and context, but this is where I was aware and honest about my English level. If I noticed that the words didn’t fit my level at that moment, I still looked at them, but I focused on the words I really needed and that were at my level. But, what is a word level?

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Understanding the Language Proficiency Levels

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In English, there are various levels ranging from A1 to C2, indicating a person’s language abilities. In summary, it tells us to what extent you know and are capable of speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Here’s an image that can show you the English level so that when you look at your virtual dictionary, you’ll know if that word is suitable for you or not.

Note 1:

Not all dictionaries will indicate the word’s level, but if you search carefully, you’ll see that some do. Additionally, it’s important to consider the context in which the word is used.

Note 2:

No school can tell you, through an oral or written exam, what level you are from A1 to C2, unless that school can redirect you to the entities responsible for language certifications in the language you are learning. This does not mean that language schools cannot have their own levels, of course they can, but those levels only refer to what they will teach you and the level you are within their institution. They do not determine your English proficiency. In summary, they cannot tell you that you are A1 or B2 without having completed an official certification.

This was something I understood when I became a language teacher. I remember that the school where I studied had levels from one to thirteen, and I was in level six when I asked a teacher for her opinion on what level I was. Her response was: “I can’t tell you unless you take an official certification exam,” and she was absolutely right.

Word Learning Strategies: Tailoring to Your Pace

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How many words to study per day? The limit is up to you, depending on how well you know yourself. In my experience, around 10 words a day would be good, reviewing, studying, reading, and understanding them. Lastly, it depends on your learning style, whether you are auditory, visual, or kinesthetic.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate  to get in touch with me. I’ll be happy and

grateful to help you understand anything that seems challenging (but actually isn’t).

See you soon in our virtual classroom!

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