2.8: Types of Strategies

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1. You organize new vocabulary into topic groups using a mind map

In doing so, you can mark the stress:

photography

You can give audio file to the words. See:

 

2. You can write words with similar meanings.

synonym for appealing (= attractive)

 

3. You can write words with their opposites.

opposite of coward (verb) (=brave(ry)

noun= cowardly (=bravery)

 

4. You can write a definition in English.

1. To move faster than walking (= run)
2. etc.

In doing so, you can write the different tenses (= ran, run, running) as well as different parts of speech such as for example: noun (n.), adjective (adj.), verb (v.), etc.:

run (v.), running (n.), runner (n. person)

 

5. You can make a sentence with the new word or expression.

… is learning something so well that you remember it. (Memorizing)

Example of a sentence structure:

1. The
2. woman
3. that
4. sold
5. pearls
6. on
7. the
8. beach
9. now
10. sells
11. sea
12. shells
13. on
14. the
15. sea
16. shore
17. every
18. day
19. from
20. morning
21. to
22. night.

 

6. You can make notes about how to use the new word or expression.

Information or informations? (Answer: always countable)

 

7. You can use pictures and diagrams.

 

8. You can write word pairs:

man and wife
life or death
pros and cons
salt and pepper
fish and chips
supply and demand

 

9. You can write a personal association.

Uncle… was a… (womanizer)
synonym for philanderer

 

10. You can create lists of word definitions:

1. occupation or function (service industry)
2. work performed (service i.e. military service)
3. religious ceremony (service)
4. act of serving: (to serve)
5. etc., etc.

Activity
Create 30 flashcards using each of the techniques listed above 3 times. Continue adding words in regular intervals.

 

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