2. Memory: Vocabulary Acquisition

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Introduction/ Methodology

This module is written and narrated by Chris Malherbe, English@Work, Germany.
Vocabulary list by Learnmera Oy, Finland.
Cartoons, layout and video by Boris Stoyanov, e-Training Solutions, Germany.


This self-help learning module has been designed for learners who want to improve their memory and range of vocabulary in English. It will train you how you can expand your vocabulary in the best possible way and with the least amount of effort.

This self-help learning module is suitable for you if:

• You have a tendency to forget words
• You don’t have a system or approach to collect and remember words
• You don’t know what words to learn
• You regularly start to learn new words but forget them
• You give up easily on learning new words

Required level of English language proficiency to read and understand this module:

B1 or higher

Based on: Europass Language Passport


2.1: Learn New Vocabulary, Apply It and Expand your Memory
2.2: Activity: What Resources Will You Use?
2.3: Vocabulary and Fluency
2.4: How Many Words to Learn Every Day
2.5: Activity: What do you need English Vocabulary for?
2.6: Create Your Own Vocabulary Flashcards
2.7: Select Your Vocabulary Strategies
2.8: Types of Strategies
2.9: Take a Total Approach
2.10: More Vocabulary Learning Techniques
2.11: Play Vocabulary Games

Estimated time to complete the module:

3-4 hours


Upon completion of this module you will:

• Know what words to learn and which resources to use
• Be able to select and apply the best vocabulary acquisition and memory techniques
• Acquire the skills, techniques and strategies you need to expand your vocabulary


This E-learning book is an open educational resource. It uses open-source technology and multimedia. It is mobile-friendly and device-independent. It is delivered online but there also is an offline version. The self-help learning program is designed for individual learners to work on their own and includes practice activities. It can also be used in a classroom as part of an instructor-led training program.


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