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I also concur. There has never been anyone that I have met who is an inveterate reader who does not also possess a wealth of words. When I taught GED classes, every student who scored highly in the vocabulary section of the entry pre-test answered in the affirmative that he/she loved to read.
Now, sometimes these people have a much better passive vocabulary than an active one. For, they have not employed the words that they recognize in literature into their daily lives. So, to acquire an active vocabulary, one must exert efforts to utilize words through one's speech and in one's writing. Doing so makes the words an intrinsic part of a person.
I completely agree with akannan: read. The more you read, the more familiar you will be with words, their meanings and their context.
I believe we have entered a new era of reading: reading electronically, reading online. Reading is linear; you read one word, then the next; one sentence and then the next. If you read online (and there are thousands of great books available for free online) and you get to a word or concept you don't understand, Google it! There is nothing like this ability in the history of reading. Avail yourself of this great new gift and READ.
The best way to improve vocabulary is to find multiple ways of making connections to the vocabulary you need to learn using your personal learning style for inspiration. For example if you are an auditory learner set the terms and definitions to a song that appeals to you. The rhythm and the melody will help you learn it better. If you are a visual learner, create a grid with multiple aspects of the word and its meaning. For example create a four square grid with a circle where the four corners meet. The word and definition can go in the circle. In one of the squares put a visual representation (an image that will remind you of the word). In another put words that have similar meanings. In the third, put words that are the opposite, and so on. There are a number of ways to learn what you need to learn. These are just a few.
How do you improve your vocabulary?
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Here's how I improve my vocaulary: While reading anything, I look for words that I don't understand or know and immediately look them up in the dictionary. As soon as the meanings are clear, I try to incorporate that word in my everyday speech. For your writing assignments, keep a Thesaurus handy. Instead of a one syllable word for something, look it up in the Thesaurus and find a two or three syllable synonym for the well-used word. Then, try using the new word every day.
If you try this method, you will find yourself becoming more refined, cultured, and in command of a fast-growing, far-reaching vocabulary. Not only will you have a larger vocubulary, but you will understand the meaning of the words you use.
One activity that has helped my students improve their vocabulary is to attach visuals to vocabulary words. If you have a Smart board or Promethean board in your classroom, you can upload photos or clipart and have students match those images with the word that fits in meaning. I've tried this activity with several types of students from AP to struggling learners, and they have enjoyed it and have done better on making these words part of their writing vocabulary.
Our school has HRW curriculum. We do vocabulary workshops every other week. Included with the workshop materials is information about context clues, prefix/suffix/root study, analogies, and multiple meaning words.
A great interactive resource is the quia website. Here you will find activities to do with your students including: quizzes, jeopardy, hangman, and many others.
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There are various products on the web that can be purchased to enhance one's vocabulary. As communication is essential in all forms of work, vocabulary enhancement tools have become quite a lucrative business. There are some ways where one's vocabulary can be improved without having to invest a great deal of money. One such way would be to read the newspaper. In reading many examples of printed news, such as the New York Times or the Washington Post, one sees examples of word use that would enhance one's own vocabulary. If an individual is interested in enhancing content area vocabulary, such as science or math vocabulary, subscribing to trade magazines or visiting content based websites would also increase vocabulary attainment and use. Additionally, I would think that increasing vocabulary skills can happen in legitimate and deep conversation with someone else. When one has to explain their thoughts through language, the vocabulary usage is increased because of the wider lexicon one must employ to discuss what is experienced. Finally, reading books and literature is a wonderful way to enhance one's vocabulary. Classical literature and challenging books might enhance one's vocabulary in that different words are in use. Reading books with stellar use of vocabulary, as well as a dictionary reference nearby, will allow anyone to enhance their usage of language and vocabulary skills.
By reading you will become familiar with many words and how to use them. But I believe that after reading a text and checking the unknown words, the best way to internalize them is to write them in a text similar to the original one.
I don’t believe in reading alone and memorizing new words, but write as much as you can, writing will improve your ability for using words.
To expand your vocabulary find books that appeal to you to read. As your reading flag words that your not sure of or are interested in learning what they mean. Once you have a list of words look them up, find their meaning, and apply what you have learned. Tell a friend about the new word you have learned/meaning or simple find a way of incorporating your new words in your own conversations with others. I find it very satisfying learning new words because then I start hearing these new words all around me, in the media, in magazines, and in daily conversations. This is an easy way to build vocabulary that interest you and provides you with an opportunity to use what you have learned.
You improve your vocabulary by diligent practice and putting into use in your own language new words that you discover in your studies. A great book is Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis. It is a classic still used in many prestigious universities.
I have my students draw a picture of what the word means to them. Students seem to really relate to the word once they understand that it correlates to their own lives.
I think one of the best ways to deal with vocabulary is to study prefixes, sufixes, and root words. In my classes we focus on this so that when we come upon a word we don't know, we can disect the word to come up with its most likely definition. When you pair this method with using context clues, you can very nearly come up with a logical working definition of the word.
The link I have included has a great list of root words that once learned, will help you define words you may come across in the future.
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