critiquing research and literature, e.g., unfounded argument, spurious results.
theories, and political and social movements, e.g., existentialism, post-modernism, Fisher’s Theory.
terminology in your area of study, e.g., for diseases and syndromes (Atherosclerosis, Hyperglycemia), for financial actions (amortisation, contingent liability), for taxation law (abatement, intangible assets).
Strategies for learning new words are important. Learn some useful strategies by working through the next few tabs.
Make your own word list
Record new words which you find regularly in your reading.
Put the word in a sample sentence with a definition and/or translation.
Learn to pronounce them. The Free Dictionary has the facility to pronounce a word and record yourself.
Search Google for the many games and strategies for learning new vocabulary. Some are for young people, some are for people who are second language learners, some are just about medicine or health or computing, etc., some are just fun!
The letters in bold font correspond to the stressed syllable. For more information on word stress see the section on Pronunciation under Speaking.
Activity 1. Nouns and adjectives
Create a noun and adjective from each of these verbs
Enter your answers in the boxes below. Select the 'check' button once you have attempted all the questions.
Learn words in context
Look at the context of a new word. Often a word 'co-locates' (appears next to) other words.
Eg. "The Student Liaison Officer will take responsibility forchecking the new students' accommodation details".
TAKE + responsibility + for + VERB-ing
Alternative ways of expressing the same idea are possible but may use different words.
Eg. "The Student Liaison Officer is responsible for checking the new students' accommodation details".
BE + responsible + for + VERB-ing
Verbs like “responsible for”, “revert to”, “result in”, “ring back”, etc. are called phrasal verbs. They consist of a basic verb + another word or words, prepositions or adverbs. Visit this great resource for more (many more!) examples of phrasal verbs in English: