Vocabulary Development

I find that many students, not just ESL students, need to work on vocabulary. Sometimes a reading comprehension problem is actually poor knowledge of the vocabulary used, even words we’d expect the student to know. When you ask students comprehension questions, also pick out several words and ask them give you the meaning. If you find they often don't have a clear understanding of the words you choose, then work on vocabulary before you work on comprehension, preferably before they read the passage. "Children’s books have more rare words for each 1000 words than educated adult speech!" For more information about teaching vocabulary, go to:  and at the top of the page, click on "Partial Vocabulary Workshop". There are also links to a number of good websites on the same wiki. 


Linguistically there are two techniques for improving your lexical strength (vocabulary) :

Active learning and Passive learning

1. Passive learning: New words are acquired subconsciously, while doing some daily life stuff, like reading a newspaper.

Vocabulary is an abstract skill due to reasons like reading habits, family background, schooling, culture etc. The conventional methods are very generic and are made of masses. They do not allow personalised learning to an individual’s current vocabulary.

2. Active learning: Active learning methodology has become a preferred way to change the traditional teacher oriented classroom into the newer student oriented approach to learning. In active learning, acquisition of new words is done with conscious and great efforts.

Usually active vocabulary building is quite rigorous and boring due to its monotonous nature.

Now introducing myself, I am co-founder of Improve Your Vocabulary - VocabMonk

Vocabmonk uses an artificial intelligence algorithm to track individual’slearning/quiz data and mashed up that data to recommend personalised quizzesto students, based on their current vocabulary size.

The tool uses game mechanics to make learning real fun and also provides competitive learning through challenges in your social circle.
There so special push towards, not just learning words but grasping it with application.

Various levels to be achieved as you progress in learning and the distinctive feature is that you can invite your mentor to look up your activities on the website.

Happy learning!


Elizabeth J.

Specializing in Reading and Writing.

300+ hours
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