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Vocabulary Learning Tips



           Learning new vocabulary is an important part of learning to be a good reader. Remember that the letter C in
           ACTIVE Skills for Reading reminds us to cultivate vocabulary.

           1 Decide if the word is worth learning now

           As you read, you will find many words you do not know. You will slow your reading fluency if you stop at
           every new word. For example, you should stop to find out the meaning of a new word if:
              a. you read the same word many times.
              b. the word appears in the heading of a passage, or in the topic sentence of a paragraph-the sentence
                that gives the main idea of the paragraph.
           2  Record information about new words you decide to learn

           Keep a vocabulary notebook in which you write words you want to remember. Complete the following
           information for words that you think are important to learn:

                  New word                   healthy
                  Translation                1~.-*
                  Part of speech             adjective
                  Sentence where found       Oliver is well-known for sharing his secrets of cooking healthy food.
                                             I exercise to stay fit and healthy.
                  My own sentence      Jangal Publication


           3  Learn words from the same family

           For many important words in English that you will want to learn, the word is part of a word family. As you learn
           new words, learn words in the family from other parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, etc.).


                  Noun                       happiness
                  Verb
                  Adjective                  happy
                  Adverb                     happily


           4  Learn words that go with the key word you are learning

           When we learn new words, it is important to learn what other words are frequently used with them. These
           are called collocations. Here is an example from a student's notebook.

                                         long
                    take                 two-week                         next week
                    goon         a       short           vacation         in Italy
                    need                 summer                           with my family
                    have                 school                           by myself




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