English: skills for learning
English: skills for learning

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English: skills for learning

4.2 Deciding which words to learn 

In order to expand your specialised and general academic vocabulary more rapidly and effectively, it is helpful to distinguish three types of words in the texts you read:

  • Words and word groups that are highly relevant to your present studies that you already use. These words are part of your active vocabulary.
  • Words and word groups that you understand but would not be able to use when speaking or writing. These words are part of your passive vocabulary, as you can recall their meaning only when you encounter them in the speech and writing of someone else.
  • Words and word groups that you don’t understand but could be relevant to your present studies.

The following provides an opportunity to practise distinguishing between these three types of words.

Activity 11

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