Learning Academic Vocabulary

When we learn vocabulary there are many techniques.

many techniques
many ways to learn

There are also some basic common sense rules.

Rule One: Learn a phrase before a word.

learn a phrase before a word
learn a phrase rather than a word
learn a whole phrase rather than an individual word
learn a whole phrase rather than just an individual word

If you learn a whole phrase instead of just a word, you will get many clues to the meaning.

Language is not just lists of words. Language has meaning. Language has context. Much of meaning comes from context. (See below)

Language and Thought

Language is a way of communicating ideas but those ideas themselves are the product of thought:

the product of thought
the framework of thought
the building blocks of thought
the products of thought
the mental framework of reality
the cognitive background of the world

Thinking and Speaking

To learn a language is to learn a system of thought. To learn academic language is to learn the system (or systems) of thought.

There are relationships between thoughts and words and thoughts and thoughts and words and words.

They are like patterns. We can learn those patterns and it will help us to navigate through language. It will help us to communicate, and it will help us to think.

Now take our test and practice using vocabulary in context. After you do the test, you can check your answers.

The Test

The Answers

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