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VOCABULARY LEVEL 3 – Package 4 - Grouping strategies 3 - Recording new and useful known vocabulary using a variety of recording strategies

Learning Outcomes

By the end of VOCABULARY LEVEL 3 you should be able to
✔ study vocabulary independently
✔ use different strategies to expand and record vocabulary

Introduction to Independent Learning

Independent learning gives you more choice about what, when and how fast to study. It also prepares you to learn after university.

In order to study independently you need to be able to set your own aims, choose how you want to study and reflect on the usefulness of studying that you do and on your overall progress.

Since you have chosen to study VOCABULARY LEVEL 3, we can assume that you want to learn more about how to expand and remember words more effectively. This course provides you with some example activities for studying these skills. For most of these exercises, we have suggested an aim. We hope this can guide you in choosing aims for yourself later.

Try these activities and then reflect on their effectiveness in helping you to develop and improve your reading skills. If they are helpful, do some similar exercises later. If they are not successful, you may try different exercises.


Learning vocabulary is an essential part of learning a language. The more words you know, the more you will be able to understand what you hear and read and the better you will be able to express yourself when speaking or writing. Besides coping with the vast number and rich variety of words in the English language, the main problems for students are deciding which words to learn and how to recall them.

In this package, we shall look at vocabulary recording strategies which will:

  • help you to decide which academic words to record (and which not to)
  • show you how to record new and existing academic vocabulary
  • expand your academic vocabulary to a more advanced and sophisticated level

After all, according to Bergen Evans,

many studies have established the fact that there is a high correlation between vocabulary and intelligence and that the ability to increase one's vocabulary throughout life is a sure reflection of intellectual progress.

But as Bergen was an American lexicographer, a Rhodes Scholar, a Harvard graduate and a Northwestern University> professor of English, this statement is probably not very surprising.
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Package 4 – Grouping strategies 3 - Recording new and useful known vocabulary using a variety of recording strategies

In Package 3 we looked at recording strategies. In this package we are going to put those ideas into practice. It might be an idea at this point to refresh your memory by reviewing the strategies we introduced in Package 3.

Activity 1 - Reading and Recording I

You will now use the grouping strategies to record the vocabulary from a text. To do this effectively, you need to read the text and:

  1. highlight new vocabulary and expressions

  2. highlight vocabulary and expressions that you already know and that you think are useful, but do not use very often   

Activity 2 - Reading and Recording II

Having identified the target vocabulary, drag and drop your highlighted words into this table under the headings given.

Activity 3 - Reading and Recording III

The final stage involves re-recording the grouped vocabulary using the recording strategies that you encountered earlier in this unit. In this activity, you are given some of these strategies but they are incomplete. Use the words from the Activity 3 possible answers and them here.

Mind maps – complete this mind map.

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