for Improving Your Vocabulary
the vocabulary of any language is essential to its mastery. Because English
has the largest number of words, over 1,000,000, it is clearly among the
more words? Since the average adult has a vocabulary of only 40,000-50,000
words, it is easy to see that the more terms you know and use the better
you are able to express yourself, an essential skill in the college classroom
and the workplace. Here is some information to help you reach this goal.
to Increase Your Vocabulary
are full of new terminology, so much so that you could argue that learning
chemistry is largely a mater of learning the language of chemists and
that mastering philosophy or history or sociology requires a mastery of
the terminology of each particular discipline.
As you look
at the material found at the links listed below, select strategies that
you like and that you will use each day as you study within each discipline.
An On-Going Process This is a good illustration about the number of words
most people know. (Virginia Tech)
Ways to Increase Your Vocabulary Good tips with useful links. You
need to scroll down the list. (Niagara University)
a Better Vocabulary This comprehensive site includes strategies
to improve your vocabulary; prefixes and suffixes; quizzes; dictionary
use, and more. (Capital Community College)
A Word A Day Sign up for a free subscription and learn a new word every day.
a College Level Vocabulary: How to Remember New Words Follow these guidelines
to increase your retention of vocabulary terms. (University of Alabama)
An On Going Process How big is your vocabulary? Check this site
and get an idea, then read the short suggestions to make your word knowledge
Training Exercises These activities are in English, French, German,
Dealing with New Words Five tips for learning unfamiliar words. Be sure to check out the links at the end of "Further
Resources." Note that some information at the end is for University of Toronto students only. (University of Toronto)
How to Remember New Words Learn how to use context to figure out what words mean. (University of Alabama)
lists are helpful IF you have developed a strategy to learn and retain
the words, their meanings, and usage. Here are some lists of words that
college students are expected to know. One or more of the strategies covered
in the previous section will help you make these terms your own.
Collegiate Words with Brief Definitions Great for GRE, SAT, TOEFL,
and other tests!
Vocabulary: SAT, GRE, Medical and Computer Terminology
and GRE Vocabulary Here you will find self-tests and flash cards.
Vocabulary in Context Quizzes are given to assess your understanding
of SAT terms. (Sheppard Software)
Vocabulary in Context Additional quizzes are provided. (Sheppard
Terminology Numerous links to quizzes on medical terms. (WebCrawler)
and Thesaurus Use
Use What do all the symbols mean? Here are the basics.
How to Use a Dictionary What can you find in a dictionary? What do the special sections tell you? Learn some pointers to save time when using your dictionary. (University of Alabama)
This site includes Thesaurus.com.
to Use a Thesaurus A thesaurus helps you avoid repetition in your
writing and helps you find a word for an idea you have in mind.
Thesaurus Here you will find an interactive map showing the meaning
of your word.
Britannica Includes Merriam-Webster dictionary, Encyclopedia Britannica.
World Atlas, and Thesaurus
words in the English language come from Latin and Greek, using word parts
can be a shortcut to learning new terms quickly.
contain three parts:
- the root,
which contains the basic meaning;
- the prefix,
which changes the meaning or makes a new word;
- the suffix,
which changes the word use.
you know, the faster you learn.
Vocabulary: Suffixes and Prefixes Here you will find the meanings of common suffixes and prefixes. (University of Alabama)
Workshop Prefixes, roots, suffixes, vocabulary, and exercises
and Greek Prefixes and Suffixes Medical terms
Words That Sound Alike The site includes i/e words, and -ible and -able endings. Be sure to try the exercises toward the end of the page, as well as one at the bottom. (Purdue OWL)
Count and Non-count Nouns with plurals, articles, and quantity words (Purdue OWL)
Capitals (Purdue OWL)
Numbers (Purdue OWL)
Vocabulary This comprehensive site has just about everything. Take
a look! (Gallaudet University)
Student Resources Be sure to also click on the links for idioms,
activities, reference, as well as the items in the menu on the left.
English There are many activities to do. Just put your cursor over
each heading and a short explanation with appear. Choose the ones you
think will be helpful.
English Vocabulary Quizzes You will find lots of tests ranked from
"Easy" to "Difficulty." See how you score! (Activities
for ESL Students)
Learning Vocabulary: Dictionary Use Do you want to use your dictionary to help you to understand an oral (listening) or written (reading) text? Or do you want to use your dictionary to help you produce language (speaking and writing)? This site addresses these strategies. (Using English for Academic Purposes)
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