Do you want (or NEED) to learn a lot of English vocabulary in a short time, for work, university study, or a major exam like the IELTS or TOEFL?
The best single way to increase your vocabulary, especially the academic vocabulary needed for university study or important exams like the IELTS or TOEFL, is by reading (or listening to) a lot in English.
Choose subjects that interest you, read a little every day and make notes on new words-- and try using them.
15 minutes to 1/2 hour of reading a day adds up to 22-45 hours in 3 months...
If you really want a vocabulary boost, there are strategies you can learn to supercharge your efforts. You can find them throughout this website.
Maybe you have noticed, though, that it’s not so easy to get started with some of them.
On Tuesday, Oct. 11, I gave a free webinar on Vocabulary Prep for the IELTS & TOEFL (as well as for university studies or better jobs).
There were some tech difficulties as well as time zone complications (EnglishHints' visitors come from almost every part of the world, and it's nearly impossible for one webinar to work for everyone),
For those reasons, I just added two more free webinar sessions. They'll be with the same content but at different times. Both are on Thursday Oct. 20-- at 10 AM PDT (1 PM New York; check the world clock here for other cities or countries) and at 6 PM PDT. (9 PM New York.)
There will be a replay, for those who registered but were not able to attend, but I wanted to make it easy for as many as possible to attend the live session and be able to ask questions.It will be about one hour (longer if there are a lot of questions)
We will look at several vocabulary study strategies, including
You’ll have a chance to practice with the most useful prefixes (including com-, ex-, in-, pro-, and trans-) and some suffixes with words made from to useful roots.
By the end of the webinar, you should
At the end you will have a chance to ask questions about the vocabulary strategies we practice, the course, or anything about English vocabulary that has confused or bothered you.
If you would like more guided practice in studying academic vocabulary and preparing for major tests or university study, there will also be opportunity to sign up for a four week course to give you step-by-step help with the English exam vocabulary you need. (For more information on that course, see Mastering English Test Vocabulary.)
Enter your name and email and click one of the buttons below to sign up for whichever webinar time is best for you. It’s one more step toward an English-speaking future!
Register for the 10 AM PDT webinar, Thursday October 20:
or for the 6 PM PDT webinar:
P.S. After signing up for the webinar, right-click to download this pdf worksheet to complete during the webinar. We will work through it together.