Archive | July, 2015

Your Lexical Notebook – Secret Tool to Fluency

Your Lexical Notebook is Your Ticket to Building Vocabulary

Your Lexical Notebook is Your Ticket to Efficient Vocabulary Building

Without your lexical notebook, you would eventually end up with lists of a whole lot of words.  Without any rules or guidelines, learning them would be very difficult. You wouldn't know how to combine them in the ways a native English speaker would.   Learning words alone as separate units would become a daunting task to memorize.

But it doesn't have to be this way.

There's a better way to learn vocabulary. We need to recognize words as lexis where we see the words in phrases and in groups of words that combine to form meaningful word chunks. These groups are called idioms, collocations, fixed and semi-fixed phrases-expressions.

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Strategies for Reading More Effectively

Read Regularly for Long Term Benefits

Read Regularly for Long Term Benefits

'Reading is a constant process of guessing, and what one brings to the text is often more important than what one finds in it. This is why, from the very beginning, the students should be taught to use what they know to understand unknown elements, whether these are ideas or simple words.'

source: Grellet. F. (1981) Developing reading skills, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

For those of you contemplating taking the IELTS exam, it is particularly important to keep these words in mind. When you try to read the given text word by word you will discover very quickly that you won't have enough time to complete the exam. You'll be scrambling at the end in an attempt to complete all the questions. It will have become quite clear that you invested too much time in intensive reading at the outset when you should have saved that as the last step to do.

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