Create a Vocabulary bank and watch your savings provide lucrative returns.
One thing I do with all my English students, young or old is get them to create a ‘Vocab Bank’. This is a small exercise book which is used for writing down new or interesting words or phrases.
The idea is that the student divides the book up in subjects and takes the book with them them to all classes. Anytime they hear a word that they didn’t know, or don’t use in their vernacular they are encouraged to write it down, with a quick definition if needed. This book then becomes their ‘go to’ guide when they are writing.
By having the Vocab Bank divided up in subject sections the students are able to stay on one page while they are in class, but soon realise that when using the book as a reference, cross selection is very useful. For example, while students are learning words such as, habitat, adaptation and bacteria in a Biology class, or incentives, entrepreneur and productivity in Economics class, they are gathering some great words which can be used in a future English essay.
By using these new words in English they are also helping to reinforce their understanding. So the next time they are asked in an Economics test to describe an Entrepreneur they are able to describe: a person who organises, manages and adapts any enterprise through boosting incentives for the buyer to increase productivity and revenue.
When I meet with my students, I ask them to show me their Vocab Bank and discuss their new words. I encourage their parents to ask to see their children's vocal bank and talk about new words they have written down. Some creative parents have even devised games with their children, prizes won when able to use Vacab Bank words in conversation.
By building up new words students are able to expand their vocabulary and improve their clarity in writing. In having the right word at hand a student avoid using three words, close to the mark, thus helping their economy of language. There is so much to be gained in improving ones vocabulary, and reading great words just isn't enough - they need to be practiced and remembered.
Good luck with your Vocab Banks!
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