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Learning vocabulary with cards

An excellent* way to learn new words is to make vocabulary cards. The diagrams below show an example using the word cat

Example of vocab card Example of vocab card

Here's how you do it:

* Paul Nation, one of the most renowned researchers in the field of vocabulary learning, states:

"There is a very large number of studies showing the effectiveness of such learning (i.e. using vocabulary cards) in terms of the amount and speed of learning."

Nation, P. Vocabulary size, text coverage and word lists". In: Schmitt, N. & McCarthy, M. (eds.) Vocabulary: Description, Acquisition and Pedagogy. Cambridge University Press. 1997.)

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