English: skills for learning
English: skills for learning

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English: skills for learning

1.1 Reflecting on your current vocabulary building strategies

Both at work and in your leisure time you may have needed to learn new technical terms related, for example, to machinery or techniques you have had to use. For instance, when preparing for a driving test, it is necessary to learn the correct words for the various parts of a car and its accessories, as well as for different types of signs, roads and crossings. You may also remember learning new words when studying a foreign language.

In the next activity you will reflect on the vocabulary building strategies you have used so far.

Activity 1

Allow approximately 5 minutes

Using the headings in the boxes below, note down the strategies you usually use to check the meaning of new words and to record and learn them. Type your answers in the boxes below.

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Consider the answers you have just written and think about the following questions:

  • How effective have your vocabulary building strategies been so far and why?
  • How could they be improved further?
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