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English Vocabulary Learning Techniques

These English vocabulary learning techniques and exercises focus on developing learning skills that will help English learners in ESL EFL classes continue to improve their vocabulary skills over time.

Collocation Lists - Sports
Focus on collocation lists as a way to build vocabulary by learning vocabulary items in context.

Word Analogies
Introduction and overview of a number of word analogies for use in the ESL classroom.

Differences Between American and British English
A discussion of the principal differences between American and British English. By your About.com ESL Guide.

How To Increase Specific Vocabulary
This "how to" focuses on a basic strategy for increasing vocabulary in specific subject areas through the use of a vocabulary tree.

Top Resource Books for American Idioms
Correct pronunciation can make all the difference when living in an English speaking country. This is especially true in the USA where the vast majority of citizens are not used to anything but standard US English. These books and cassettes will help you develop standard American pronunciation.

Phrasal Verbs: Building your Vocabulary
This series of exercises helps you build your basic phrasal verb vocabulary. The exercises include audio example sentences, definition matching exercises and, once the phrasal verbs have been introduced, practice sentences.

Vocabulary Building Books
A guide to top vocabulary building books to help you improve and expand your English vocabulary skills.

English Verbs - Example Sentences in All Tenses
English learning resource providing example sentences of verbs in all tenses including active and passive forms, as well as conditional and modal forms.

Use DVDs to Improve Your English
How to use DVDs to improve your English discusses the unique opportunities DVDs provide for English learners to improve their English comprehension and vocabulary skills.

Improve Your Vocabulary
A guide to a number of methods to help you improve your vocabulary.

Ways to Master English Vocabulary
This is a helpful article on mastering English vocabulary by Mike Shelby which offers suggestions on ways of building vocabulary skills, as well as recommending English important vocabulary resources.

Improving Vocabulary Skills through Reading in English
Mike Shelby provides good advice on improving vocabulary skills through reading in English by taking a thematic approach to reading by level and important life skills.

Learning Vocabulary with Word Forms
Learning related vocabulary through word forms is one of the best ways to build on single words to broaden your vocabulary. This focus on building vocabulary through word forms takes you through the steps with examples and exercises to help you improve your vocabulary through word forms.

Synonyms and Antonyms
Definition and discussion of the use of synonyms and antonyms for learning English in ESL classes including example charts to help students begin to study.

How to Create Vocabulary Lists
This five step guide to creating vocabulary lists will help you learn and practice vocabulary that is important to your profession, as well as tips on practicing spelling of important key words.

Content and Function Words
Understanding the difference between content and function words will help improve your reading comprehension, listening and pronunciation skills. This guide to content and function words discusses the differences between these two types of words and which parts of speech are either content or function words.

Using MindMaps to Learn English Vocabulary
Use MindMaps instead of simple lists to help learn English vocabulary at school or in the workplace. This guide will help you start using MindMaps.

Slang, Jargon, Idiom and Proverb Explained for English Learners
Learn to recognize differences between slang, jargon, idioms and proverbs in English. Each type of expression is explained and examples are defined and illustrated with sentences.

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