Improve Your Vocabulary Course

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Your vocabulary can be an asset that helps you gain confidence in public speaking, achieve high scores on tests, and take advantage of opportunities for advancement in your career - or it can be the one thing that's holding you back from success. The ten free online lessons we provide on this short course will give you the tools you need to ensure that your improved vocabulary skills help you improve all aspects of your personal and professional life.

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Improve Your Vocabulary Course

  1. 1. Improve Your Vocabulary Your free vocabulary tips and lessons in one
  2. 2. Simple Techniques – Proven Results Would you like to: • be able to speak confidently and intelligently at work meetings and social gatherings alike? • be the person who always has the right words for any occasion? • be the one that others go to with questions, knowing you'll have the answers? To gain these benefits, all you need to do is improve your vocabulary. This simple first step will lead you to the ability to read more complicated documents, understand high-level communications in your professional field, and converse with people from all walks of life in any situation. Start improving your vocabulary - and your chances for success. Introduction Your vocabulary can be an asset that helps you gain confidence in public speaking, achieve high scores on tests, and take advantage of opportunities for advancement in your career - or it can be the one thing that's holding you back from success. The ten free online lessons we provide on this short course will give you the tools you need to ensure that your improved vocabulary skills help you improve all aspects of your personal and professional life. Vocabulary Building Benefits – What Happens If You're Never Lost for Words? Being speechless with joy is probably the only good reason to be at a loss for words and sometimes – such as when you are in a public engagement and expected to give you a thank-you speech – not even that is considered acceptable. Only with a powerful and ever-growing vocabulary will you be able to enjoy all of the benefits listed below.
  3. 3. Make a good first impression. Some say that you need to make thirty good impressions just to erase a single negative impression. There are many ways for you to ensure that you're projecting the ideal image right off the bat, and one of it is to have a great vocabulary. No matter if you are trying to impress your boss, teacher or your future in- law, you will never have a problem saying what you want in the best possible way if you have a large and expressive vocabulary that contains exactly the words you need. Improve your comprehension skills. Having an inadequate vocabulary hinders you from completely understanding and taking advantage of a particular situation. Even if you are extremely smart, if you do not take the time to constantly build your vocabulary, then you are neglecting and limiting yourself, and preventing yourself from being completely in control of certain situations. Understanding is the key to power, and vocabulary is the key to understanding. Get higher scores. A good vocabulary is also one of the best ways to improve your test scores - even math tests usually have story problems that you need to read and understand. It does not matter if you're still in school or if you've moved on to a full-time job, you will find that there are times when you're graded on the results of tests, formal or informal, that you are required to take. Get the job you want. It doesn't matter what industry you're working in. Having an expansive and flexible vocabulary will always improve your chances of climbing several steps up the career ladder. Having a fantastic vocabulary enables you to entertain your clients more effectively, defend your ideas or proposals more successfully, and handle interviews with aplomb. People in authority are always impressed by those who can articulately express themselves, and that influences their choice of who to promote.
  4. 4. Turn your idea from simple into fantastic. Sometimes, presentation is everything. Even if you have the best PowerPoint presentations for an idea you want to submit to your superiors, you will still have to talk about it. That's when good vocabulary comes in. Imagine how terrifyingly humiliating it can be if someone asks you a question – and you don't know what to say because you didn't understand one of the words he used? But if you have all the right words in your verbal arsenal, then you can stay on top of everything from the start of your presentation until the end. Instead of merely saying your idea has meaning, for example, you can say it is profound. Instead of saying you are looking for style, you can say you are going for something with panache. Don't they sound better that way? Gain self-confidence. Last but not the least, having a powerful vocabulary will help you gain self- confidence. It is one of the most elusive things in the world, but vocabulary is one of the sure ways of "catching" it … and making sure you stay happily confident for the rest of your life. The Relationship between Confidence and Vocabulary Building Confidence and vocabulary building often go hand in hand, although the context of their relationship varies according to the depth and size of your vocabulary. The following tips below will help ensure that your confidence and vocabulary improve together. Increase in Vocabulary = Increase in Self-Confidence. This is the ultimate goal to keep in mind. The better your vocabulary is and the more words you have at your disposal, the greater your self-confidence will be. How can you not be confident when you know you have everything you need to express yourself effectively?
  5. 5. Neglecting Your Vocabulary = Risking Your Self-Esteem. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, as they say. If you want a great vocabulary, you have to work hard for it. In addition, you have to be willing to use your new vocabulary in conversation, and take the chance that other people might not understand, or appreciate, your use of language. In addition, we're not perfect, and there are times when you might make a mistake with a new word – but that's okay, too. Consider it as an opportunity cost for learning. Do not hesitate to test out new words with other people. How can you be sure that you really understood how a word is properly used if you don't try it out in conversation or when writing or messaging someone? If you made a mistake, shrug it off – and move on. Humans make mistakes. It's one of the most basic facts in the world. The important thing is to learn from your mistakes and not to repeat it again. Look for a vocabulary practice partner. You will gain more confidence from your vocabulary building exercises more quickly if you have a practice partner to work with. Both of you can help test out your new words on each other. Being able to give each other support and encouragement is also a big help. With a practice partner, you can at least minimize the risk of embarrassing yourself with a faux pas. Do not forget pronunciation. Aside from using a word incorrectly, a lot of people also end up feeling embarrassed by their mispronunciation. If you are determined to build your vocabulary, do it all the way. Do it right by taking note of not just the definitions of words but of their pronunciation as well. Be especially careful with borrowed terms from other languages.
  6. 6. When in doubt – ask! There is nothing wrong in asking other people for help. If you do not want to risk making a mistake with your choice of words, then why not ask someone for help? Even your friendly neighborhood search engine (hello, Mr. Google!) can help you out. If someone laughs at your mistake then the joke is on him! There is nothing wrong about testing out a new word to figure out if you have truly mastered its usage. If someone can't excuse you for wanting to learn and improve your vocabulary, it's his problem – not yours. You'll be the one who laughs last, as you increase your self-confidence, build your professional career, and enjoy all of the benefits of an improved vocabulary. Memory Aids for Vocabulary Building Building your vocabulary requires several steps. First, you need to familiarize yourself with the definition of a particular word. Next, you also have to make sure that it enjoys permanent residence in your brain and is ready to roll off your tongue anytime you need it. For that to happen, you need to work on getting that word firmly into your long-term memory. You may find the following memory aids quite helpful. What Are Memory Aids? The more technical term for a memory aid is mnemonics (which is a word you could probably add to your vocabulary list as well!). Mnemonics refers to anything that can aid the memory or help you memorize more effectively. Visuals or Picture Association If one particular image comes into mind when you hear a specific word, then keep that image in mind. Focus on that as you repeat the word to yourself and as you think about its meaning. This will help you always remember what the word means and how best to use it.
  7. 7. Rhyme If you want to remember the definition of recherché (a borrowed French term meaning"something rare, sophisticated, and exotic") try to think of something that it rhymes with. This will help you remember its pronunciation as well. For example, imagine a ray of sunlight illuminating Cher (the ageless singer) as she sashays ('sashay' rhymes with the last syllable of the word) across her patio towards a pool of colorful tropical fish. As you can see, this type of rhyming may be a little bit far-fetched for some, but if it works for you, then that's what ultimately matters. Forget about what works for others. Always consider instead what will help you improve your vocabulary. Usage Come up with a unique or exceptionally funny or witty sentence while using the word. The idea behind the sentence must be so incredibly special that there is no way you will forget why it was said. Translation If you are building your vocabulary for your second language or something foreign, then try to translate it directly on your mind. Next, find a way to associate both terms. Quotations Look for famous people who made use of the word you are trying to learn. Research why they uttered such a statement. By giving the word a story you can relate to, you will never fail to remember how that word is best used.
  8. 8. Etymology Sometimes, learning the etymology or origin of a word can help you remember a particular term. Do you know what an ichthyosaurus is? The 'saurus' part should give away its profile as a dinosaur. The 'ichthyo' part, on the other hand, would also be a clue if you know that ichthyology is the study of fish. By combining both terms, you now know that an ichthyosaur is a kind of fish-like dinosaur. Flashcards Lastly, flashcards are particularly effective in helping you memorize not just one or two words but a whole batch of them. In a way, this is also an example of picture association because your mind is storing images of these flashcards. When you try to recall a particular word, how it appears on the flashcard – and what its equivalent definition or use is – will show up on your mind. How Reading and Vocabulary Building Can Go Together To effectively build your vocabulary, you need to learn how a particular word is spelled, what it means, and how to best use it in conversation or in writing. Reading can build your vocabulary in all the ways cited above, and the best part is that vocabulary-building will even happen unconsciously as you read. Ultimately, all you need to do is to find books that truly interest you. The rest will fall into place. Look for contextual clues to understand an unfamiliar term. It may be tempting to grab your dictionary the first time you encounter an unfamiliar term, but don't do that just yet. To better hone your comprehension skills, try to analyze what the term means based on its contextual clues alone. Read the paragraph or the entire page again if necessary.
  9. 9. If the above method does not work, then go ahead and grab the dictionary. Sometimes, words can be used in a pretty obscure fashion, leaving you zero clues to base its definition on. If so, it's time to consult a good print or on- line dictionary. When you have the definition in front you, try to think of another word that means the same thing and fits that definition. Replace the original term used with the synonym you've thought of in the sentence you're looking at. If the word still fits, then you can at least be sure you got its definition right. Try out new authors. Be a little adventurous when it comes to your reading and see what new authors have to offer. If you do not want to waste money on untried authors, then you can check out reviews first, or read an excerpt of their work. You can also join your local public library and get access to books for free (or at least for the cost of membership). Excerpts of books are commonly available in the review and author websites as well as in online stores like Amazon and Barnes & Noble. These excerpts may already contain words that will help enhance your vocabulary. More importantly, however, is the fact that it gives you a chance to better gauge the writing style of the author. Does it appeal to you or should you skip to the next one in your list? Try out new genres. The vocabulary commonly employed by authors of romance fiction is significantly different from the ones used by, say, writers of suspense and writers of contemporary fiction.
  10. 10. Try comparing, for instance, the words used by Jane Austen to H.P. Lovecraft. The vocabulary is different, isn't it? That's not just because they're two extremely different types of writers. It's also because they write for different genres. You will notice, however, that there may be similar terms used in the writings of Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Edgar Allan Poe, and the great Stephen King. They may write for different generations of readers, but they all can be considered masters of horror. As such, there is a limit to what you will learn from one particular genre. If you want to maximize the vocabulary-building benefits of reading, then you need to try out different genres of fiction. Don't forget nonfiction! Last but not the least, try to read nonfiction work from time to time. There are a lot to choose from, including but not limited to self-improvement guides, autobiographies and memoirs, or even coffee-table books. One of them is sure to catch your fancy – give it a try, and your vocabulary is sure to benefit. Interesting Ways to Use the Dictionary for Vocabulary Building First of all, there are different kinds of dictionaries other than the ones you might be familiar with from your early school years. While traditional dictionaries will always be a big help to building your vocabulary, they are not the only ones that can give your vocabulary a boost. Other Types of Dictionaries for Vocabulary Building Here are a number of tips on ways to use other kinds of dictionaries to expand your vocabulary.
  11. 11. Subject or Single-Field or Sub-Field Dictionaries Consider, for instance, a dictionary about poisons and antidotes. Even if you do not plan to kill anybody off with poison, a lot of terms from this type of dictionary often find their way into daily conversation. Thanks to the Crime Investigation channel, for instance, most people now know that cyanide is not a type of cocktail drink – well, not unless you want a drink that can literally kill you. Professional Dictionaries This is the type of dictionary that's targeted on improving your vocabulary with regard to your line of work or profession. Even though you are not studying to be a doctor, browsing through a medical or nursing dictionary can still give you a number of useful terms from time to time. Your mother-in-law may, for instance, be what physicians refer to as a hypochondriac. Go ahead and look it up to see if it fits. Bilingual Dictionaries Even if you are not fluent in any foreign language, choose another language that interests you the most, just for fun. When you have some free time, try to look up a word that you would like to say in another language. Consider, for instance, the word smart. How do you say this in Japanese? What are the definitions the Japanese-English dictionary provides? Use those definitions, and the insight and perspective of another culture, to think of other ways you can describe someone as smart. Etymological Dictionaries This type of dictionary is designed to give readers a better idea on how words are formed throughout history. If there's a particular term that you have a hard time remembering, learning about its etymology may make it easier to memorize.
  12. 12. Other Interesting Ways to Use the Dictionary for Vocabulary Building If you have a traditional type of dictionary on hand, you can find other ways of using it aside from looking up terms and reading it from cover to cover to improve your vocabulary. Impress everyone with your status update on Facebook If you tend to let people know what your mood for the moment is on Facebook, try doing so while impressing them at the same time with your vocabulary. If today you feel a little bit moody, how about using the word mercurial instead? Write a Word-for-the-Day post on your blog Stuck for a topic for your blog? You can always come up with a word for the day. You can simply open your dictionary to a random page then point your finger to any part of the page. The closest unfamiliar term to it should serve as your daily vocabulary fix. Contribute to vocabulary or dictionary trends in Twitter Participating in discussions for the hottest trending topics in languages on Twitter will not only get you to meet new friends online, but it can also be another way of improving your vocabulary. View the latest tweets on such trends and see if you can come up with a new term to add.
  13. 13. Top Techniques for Vocabulary Improvement When building your vocabulary, try using these techniques, which have proven to be simple but effective. Other Types of Dictionaries for Vocabulary Building Think of a keyword or a term that closely relates the meaning of the term you are trying to learn. Focus on that keyword and come up with a sentence that can use the keyword and the new term interchangeably without having the meaning of the sentence altered in any way. Word Lists Come up with a list of related words. For those who are just starting out building their vocabulary, a list with anywhere from three to seven words would be more than sufficient to learn and master in a week. Make sure they are related in some way or you will have a hard time remembering them. Repetition Repeat a new word several times in your mind. Say it over and over out loud. This will help familiarize your brain with the word. If there comes a time that you can't remember the word itself, your brain may remember how you said the word over and over again. In time, the term's sure to come back to you. Flashcards Flashcards are used for helping people review for various subjects from math to physics to social science, so why not for the purpose of building your vocabulary as well? Just make sure that you practice the words in a sentence before moving on to the next card.
  14. 14. The best way to enhance your vocabulary is to ensure that the new terms are as embedded in your mind just as the rest of your daily vocabulary is - that they have moved from your conscious mind to your unconscious. Rhyming Think of a similar-sounding word or phrase – a homonym for instance – to best remind you of the term you're attempting to understand. Fornicate may remind you of intimate, which is a good thing since to fornicate means to be intimate with someone you are not married to. Games There are numerous games that are designed for solo or team play and which can help improve your vocabulary. Mobile or software-based games can even be played for free on sites like Yahoo Games and those of developers or retailers like Big Fish. Reading Do not limit yourself to reading fiction and nonfiction works alone. Read newspapers, magazines, professional and scientific journals and even pamphlets. Different types of reading materials usually mean encountering a new kind of vocabulary one way or another as well. Picture association If associating a term with a particular keyword doesn't work for you, then try associating it with an image instead. Try to be as vivid as you can when mentally illustrating what image would best fit your new word for the day.
  15. 15. Personalizing Try to relate the term to an event in your life – or a dream of yours. What matters is that you've found a way to personalize the term, thus making it easier to remember – even if you do not want to. Finally, one of the best free techniques for improving your vocabulary is to look up a term in the dictionary and to not hesitate asking other people if you heard or read something you don't particularly understand. Top Games for Vocabulary Building If you are feeling a little bit sleepy or lazy and reluctant to begin your daily vocabulary building exercise, maybe it's time for a little bit of change. Rather than testing yourself with a vocabulary quiz, how about playing a word game instead? Scrabble This is the classic of all word board games and the one started it all. Although many consider Scrabble as requiring intermediate vocabulary, you can still emerge victorious by strategizing on tile placement (always aim for the colored boxes!). This game will also specifically help improve your vocabulary with words containing the letters J, Q, Z and X (letters with the highest equivalent number of points). Text Twist What Scrabble is to board games, Text Twist is to word games for PC and mobile gadgets. Although your vocabulary building exercise will be limited to six-letter words – the maximum word length for words used in this game – those words can sometimes be pretty tricky and make a great addition to your personal word bank.
  16. 16. Taboo Of all the games listed here, this is probably the most fun to play since it requires a multiple number of players making up two or more teams. The objective of the game is simple: do your best to describe a term within the time allotted but without using any words or phrases that are listed as "taboo". This is an excellent way to practice your knowledge of synonyms. Boggle This multi-player game is similar to Text Twist in the sense that you will be mostly mastering three to five-letter words. Nevertheless, if you put your mind to it, you can form words with double-digit numbers of letters. This game will also improve your mastery of prefixes and suffixes. Bookworm If you are looking for something as fun as Boggle to play on your own, then Bookworm is probably the answer to your prayers. The original version is already fun as it is, with players required to come up with words made up of three letters or more as quickly as possible and to prevent the tile bank from being completely destroyed by various types of "infected" tiles. Its sequel, Bookworm Deluxe, is ten times better! This time, you – as the ever-popular bookworm with its distinct blend of squeaky-and-hoarse voice – will have to spell your way into defeating mythological creatures from ancient legends. Crosswords If you want something that will pose the greatest challenge to your vocabulary, then a crossword should do the trick. Keep in mind that crosswords vary according to their difficulty level. Diving head on into crosswords designed for advanced players may simply end up as an exercise of frustration. It's best to start with something simple, fun, and appropriate for your vocabulary and puzzle-solving level.
  17. 17. Hangman Finally, if you want something a little bit more difficult than usual but not the kind that brings you headaches the way crossword puzzles sometimes do, you should try playing a game or two of the classic version of Hangman. It will not only help improve your vocabulary but hone your skills for puzzle solving based on contextual clues as well. How to Help Your Child Develop a Good Vocabulary If you want your child to grow up with an expansive vocabulary to rely on, then you need to help your child develop the proper habits instead of simply making him or her memorize one new word after another. Don't focus on pronunciation alone. When children are just starting to learn how to read, they tend to place greater importance on spelling and pronouncing a word correctly, because that's the easiest task for a teacher to identify and correct. Unfortunately, the meaning of words is often neglected. There are many spelling tests given in a classroom, and exercises in reading aloud, but children are rarely asked to explain the meaning of the words they use. To ensure that your children grow up with a fully functional vocabulary, help them develop the right habits for reading and vocabulary building. Whenever your children read or recite a particular message, check from time to time if they're indeed familiar with the meaning of a specific word or phrase. Let your children know that you don't mind such interruptions as well as spending as much time as needed helping them understand new and unfamiliar terms.
  18. 18. Buy as many books as you buy toys for your children. It's important to make the right impression about books early on. There's always a book for every child – it just takes more time than usual to find one for some kids. Ask for your children's opinion when shopping for books so that you can be sure you're buying something they are most likely to read. Do not limit choices to the selection designed for a particular age group. If you feel that your child is uninterested with the choices available for that age group, then try the next age group. If necessary, you can read the book together to ensure that your child understands the parts that require a greater level of knowledge and understanding. Don't talk down to your children. It's okay to use not-so-simple words now and then. In fact, your children will improve their comprehension skills better that way as they strive to figure out what you mean by using the context of the sentence to solve their question about the word. Use vocabulary building software programs. Although modern technology can be blamed for a lot of things, one thing it can certainly be credited for is its prized ability to make the learning process both fun and interactive. The nice thing about these applications is that you can install them not just in your PC but also in tablets or smartphones. This way, your children can benefit from learning on the go.
  19. 19. Play word games. Games like Text Twist may have been designed for fun but no one can deny how helpful they can be as well, especially when it comes to building a child's vocabulary. Improve your child's vocabulary by traveling or trying new activities. New words are sure to come up in a discussion between you and your child when you visit a new planetarium, aquarium, zoo, museum, science center, or park. Encourage your child to ask questions as well since those, too, may lead to more words being added to your child's vocabulary. Just a little word of advice, though: children can sometimes be deliberately stubborn and refuse to participate in activities that you describe as being "good" for them. Instead of highlighting the educational benefits of the activities above, just concentrate on having fun with your child. Everything else will fall into place. How to Choose the Best Vocabulary Building Software Vocabulary building software programs vary in different ways. It's important to know exactly what you want from it to avoid wasting your money on a program that may be effective for certain types of users but not for you. Vocabulary software reviews like this one should be considered beforehand and the things mentioned below will show the reliability of the review if most of these things, if not all are looked into. Trial Period If there is no free trial period, then are there free online demonstrations that you can either try or watch? If not, check out what the reviews have to say. Look for opinions by teachers and (if this is a program for children) other parents in particular.
  20. 20. Age Suitability This is extremely important if you are purchasing a vocabulary building software program for your child. The interactive elements, game types, and vocabulary lists used in a program designed for toddlers are completely different from what you would see in a program designed for pre-teens. Purpose Some programs are designed to help you pass your GRE (Graduate Record Examinations), which is one of the common admission requirements to graduate schools in the U.S. Others are designed to help you pass the exam for ESL (English as a Second Language) certification. Individuals who are intending to study or work in an English-speaking country but do not have English as their native language usually take this second test. Systematic Approach Although the methods and lesson plans used for vocabulary building software tools vary, they are generally systematic in nature. A step-by-step approach is critical as it maximizes the results from the time and effort needed to enhance your vocabulary. Level of Interactivity Even if you're not a child who has to be entertained every second, it would still be ideal to purchase a highly interactive vocabulary building software program. This will ensure that you never get bored since your involvement is paramount to your progress.
  21. 21. Quiz Selection and Options There must be various ways available for you to test your vocabulary. Aside from multiple choices and fill-in-the-blank types of quizzes, the best software programs for vocabulary building also provide other testing materials, such as pairing tests in which you find the matching definition, antonym or synonym for a particular term. Quizzes should also be customizable to your own learning progress, giving you the option to choose which items will show up and how many of them are there in total. It would be a good thing if you can opt to get yourself timed or not while taking the test. Hopefully, this will prepare you effectively for passing any vocabulary or language test you will be taking in real life. Game Selection All work and no play make vocabulary building a dull routine, which is why your vocabulary building software program should also have games included. Naturally, the games available should be varied and suitable for the intended age range of the users. User-Friendliness How easy is it to navigate your way around the program? Is there always a button available to bring you back to the main or home page? If there is no free trial version available for you to test this out, then you should again look into reviews for relevant information. Price Last but not the least, consider the software program's price. It's okay to spend more than you might have planned to, but only if you believe the program is truly worth every penny.
  22. 22. The Basics on ESL Courses and Vocabulary Building Although people argue nowadays that the term "English as a Second Language"(ESL) is politically incorrect, it is arguably the most commonly known term to refer to the acquisition of English by a non-native speaker, compared to its recent alternatives like ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and EAL (English as an Additional Language). Why Do You Need to Take a Test for ESL? If you are emigrating to an English-speaking country like Canada, the US, or the UK, having ESL certification will help you adjust and settle into your new life more easily. Your children will have an easier time gaining admission to school with ESL certification while you yourself will enjoy better and more career opportunities with the same certification. If, on the other hand, you are a native English speaker who is planning to teach foreigners how to speak English, you will need to combine your ESL certification with that of TOEFL (Teaching of English as a Foreign Language). In some cases, TOEFL is also referred to as TESOL and TESL. ESL and Vocabulary Building Certainly, building your vocabulary is one of the best ways to prepare for ESL certification. A good vocabulary will ensure that you understand all instructions for different parts of the test, answer as many possible questions correctly, and last but not the least, express yourself articulately – if not eloquently – in the test's essay section. When building your vocabulary in preparation for an ESL test, it is important that you not only consider the mere definition and spelling of the words but also how to use the words in a grammatically correct way in sentences.
  23. 23. How to Prepare for Taking the ESL Test You have various options for preparing for your upcoming ESL exam. ESL Courses These are commonly offered by universities and colleges as well as review and language centers. Make sure that you choose a course that comes well recommended by either government or professional agencies. Consider the location as well – is it near enough and suitable as a learning environment? Consider the content or curriculum for the course. Does it cover all the basics? What kind of methods will it employ for testing your proficiency and vocabulary? Does it include an offer for free refresher courses? What about the teacher-student ratio? Lastly, consider the price and schedule. Is the price affordable or, at the very least, reasonable? Does your free time coincide with their available class schedules? Online ESL Courses ESL courses offered online basically have the same lesson plans used in real- world ESL courses. Online programs are, however, more convenient since they are typically available 24/7. They're also more affordable, allowing you to work one-on-one with a professor if necessary. If you are choosing this option, just make sure that you are enrolling in a legitimate and recommended school. DIY Review You have, of course, the option to review on your own. Do this only if you are confident you have the self-discipline to keep to a strict review schedule. Take advantage as well of all available resources, which include free vocabulary quizzes online, ESL study books you can borrow from the library or purchase, and last but not the least, vocabulary building software programs specifically designed for ESL exam takers.
  24. 24. Resources  Lesson 1 VocabularyBooster.blogspot.com An informative blog maintained by an independent video producer with over fifteen years of industry experience  Vocabulary-Vocabulary.com A vocabulary building & communication training center that offers educational resources for students, parents and professionals  Lesson 2 Write-Better-English.com An online community portal that offers free tips and advice for those who want to write better English such as professional writers, wordsmiths, and foreigners currently learning how to speak English  Word-Buff.com A site that provides helpful tips and strategies for playing word games  Lesson 3 TimelessInformation.com A site that provides practical information on a wide variety of subjects  GREVocabulary.com Aside from offering vocabulary-building tips, it also has several vocabulary building tools of its own  Lesson 4 EnglishStudyDirect.com Offers online English courses as well as a database of resources that English students and professionals may find helpful  Vocabulary.co.il This site offers one of the most comprehensive lists of vocabulary games online and has been managed by family-owned business VKidz since 2006  ImprovingVocabulary.org Provides free guides on vocabulary improvement but also promotes the use of its own vocabulary-building software, Ultimate Vocabulary Software
  25. 25.  Lesson 5 Wikipedia.org A free encyclopedia site featuring user-provided entries  Write-Better-English.com An online community portal that offers free tips and advice for those who want to write better English such as professional writers, wordsmiths, and foreigners currently learning how to speak English  Lesson 6 ImprovingVocabulary.org Provides free guides on vocabulary improvement but also promotes the use of its own vocabulary-building software, Ultimate Vocabulary Software  BuildingVocabulary.org A free online guide offering information for vocabulary building  Lesson 7 Word-Buff.com A site that provides helpful tips and strategies for playing word games  Lesson 8 Vocabulary-Vocabulary.com A vocabulary building and communication training center that offers educational resources for students, parents and professionals  Better-Parenting.com Powered by Encourage Software, this site utilizes its own EasyChild System for providing helpful information regarding parenting  BabyZone.com An online community portal that provides tips and other resources for caring for babies starting from the preconception stage  Lesson 9 Word-Buff.com A site that provides helpful tips and strategies for playing word games  Vocabulary.co.il This site offers one of the most comprehensive lists of vocabulary games online and has been managed by family-owned business VKidz since 2006  Lesson 10 Wikipedia.org A free encyclopedia site featuring user-provided entries  InternationalStudentGuidetotheUSA.com Provides educational resources for international students and especially those taking ESL courses

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