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Post  Admin on Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:10 pm

Hi,

When learning vocabulary, I'd like you to consider which words you will need to recognise and produce on your course in the UK. Rather than learning one Chinese definition for a large number of words, it is much better to get used to using the Oxford English Dictionary and learn all the different meanings an functions of common academic words (use Chinese dictionaries when you don't understand the definitions). For example, I have looked up the word form here: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/view/entry/m_en_gb0311020#m_en_gb0311020.

A lot of research has been conducted into creating lists of the most common academic words in English. There is the academic word list, which consists of word families (nouns-verbs-adjectives, etc.) http://www.uefap.com/vocab/select/selframa.htm and would be a good general list for you to learn at this stage of the course. Once you have chosen which degree course you would like to study at Nottingham, you should start to learn specific words related to that particular degree. Linguists in Michigan have created a large online database of academic words and you can narrow your search so that it is relevant to you: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/c/corpus/corpus?c=micase;page=mbrowse.

Finally, I have requested that the department make each of you a copy of a vocabulary work book that contains exercises for learning common academic words, mostly taken from the Academic Word List. You should receive it soon.

Keep up the good work,

Andrew


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Re: Vocabulary

Post  Admin on Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:12 pm

PS. If you have any specific questions about the meanings of English words or phrases, you can also post them here on the forum and Sonya and I will help you.

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