The best way to learn new vocabulary is by seeing it and understanding it in context. In today’s lesson you will read some new vocabulary in an essay and then use it to complete sentences. Finally, you will complete definitions of the new vocabulary.
When you read new words, it is important to pay attention to what other words surround the new word in text. This can tell you the part of speech of the word (verb/adjective/noun etc) and the suitable context for the word (such as economics or astrology) as well as the tone (for example, is it formal or slang?). You should write the sentence with the new word in your vocabulary book, and also think of other example sentences to use it in.
You need to frequently use new vocabulary in order to fully learn and retain it in your memory. To do this, make vocabulary cards and collect new words and phrases in a vocabulary note book. When you note down new words, consult the dictionary to help you with meaning and pronunciation. Read through your vocabulary book and test your self with your new words everyday.
Let's practice these ideas with some exercises.
This is an example IELTS Task 2 essay question.
Obesity is a serious problem in many countries, especially in rich countries.
How can this problem be solved?
|1.||It has been much easier to connect with people in foreign countries since the of the internet. (paragraph 1)|
|2.||The problem of poverty could be by increasing the minimum wage. (paragraph 1)|
|3.||I would like to a new car as my current one won’t last much longer. (paragraph 2)|
|4.||My friend is a vegetarian so he doesn’t meat. (paragraph 2)|
|5.||Despite the of the cold, they all reached the summit of the mountain. (paragraph 3)|
|6.||The government could put more on fast food chains by introducing a fat and sugar tax. (paragraph 3)|
|7.||The government must do more to healthy lifestyles so that people know how much exercise they should do and what types of food they should eat. (paragraph 3)|
|8.||Your tutor will teach you the you need to take in order to get a good score in the IELTS exam. (paragraph 4)|
We hope you have learned some new words today, and that you have a better understanding of how to learn new words. Remember to try to learn 10 - 15 new words a week as you prepare for your IELTS test. Keeping a vocabulary book is a great way of doing this.
To continue learning about Vocabulary in Context, move on to lesson 2.
For more interactive vocabulary exercises, visit our vocabulary page.
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About The IELTS Test
Academic Writing Task 1
Academic Writing Task 2
Cause And Effect
Coherence And Cohesion
Complete The Notes
Complete The Table
Frequently Asked Questions
General Training Reading
General Writing Task 1
General Writing Task 2
Listening Section 1
Listening Section 2
Listening Section 3
Listening Section 4
Speaking Part 1
Speaking Part 2
Speaking Part 3
True / False / Not Given