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1 ECEN1906 (BBA) Increasing Your Academic Vocabulary: Tackling the Academic Word Lists How many English words do you know? This is a very difficult question to answer, because it depends what you mean by “word” and it depends what you mean by “know.” For example, are “climb,” “climbs,” “climbed” and “climbing” one word or four? You could say that this represents one head word or word family . But then what about “go” and “went?” When do you really know a word? If you can pick the meaning out from a multiple choice test question, that might have more to do with the exact nature of the question than your knowledge of the word. Can you recall the word when it is needed? Can you distinguish it from other words with similar but subtly different meanings? Can you accurately define it on demand? And can you use it in a sentence in a way that is both grammatically accurate and stylistically appropriate? For a full list of what you need to “know” a word, check out this list: Knowing a word in a language may mean the ability to: recognize it in its spoken or written form recall it at will relate it to an appropriate object or concept use it in the appropriate grammatical form in speech, pronounce it in a recognizable way in writing, spell it correctly; use it with the words it correctly goes with, i.e. in the correct collocation use it at the appropriate level of formality be aware of its connotations and associations From Wallace, M.J (1982) Teaching Vocabulary . London Heinemann Educational Books A good knowledge of academic English words is essential for university studies: your reading skills will improve, your writing will be more concise, and you will be able to follow lectures more easily and take part in tutorials with greater confidence. The good news is that the more you improve your vocabulary, the easier further progress becomes. But you must keep working at it constantly - keep using your dictionary and track down words you encounter in daily life. In order to help you increase your academic vocabulary, a web site has been developed especially for Hong Kong University students. The University Word Web is at http://ecourse.hku.hk:8900/public/xwords/ (login to the WebCT site using username “xwords_guest” and password “xguest”).
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2 The web site contains a glossary of academic words, together with their pronunciation, and examples of their use in context. There are also more than a hundred games to help you improve your academic word power. To find out your vocabulary level on arrival at HKU, we are asking you to take a short vocabulary test based on words considered essential for academic studies. The words are included in the web site, so you can go there to check the meanings of any words you don’t know. There will be a further test at the end of your course, to see whether or not you have increased your word knowledge . The final vocabulary test will count 10%
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2011 for the course ECEN 1906 taught by Professor King during the Spring '11 term at Alexandria Technical College.

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