Word Challenge

Would you like to make English easier?

Science has shown that one of the most important parts of learning a language has to do with growing in vocabulary (words). Here is an example of that research.

For the beginner, these words may actually be single letters or numbers. For the advanced student, it may be an idiom or the conjugation of an irregular verb.

But there’s another reason to focus on vocabulary…

Vocabulary learning helps you stay motivated

Learning a second language takes a long time. It can become discouraging if you do not feel like you are making progress. But focusing on vocabulary helps you stay motivated because you can count the number of new word you are learning and therefore measure your progress (this research article explains more).

More Benefits of Vocabulary Learning

Building a robust vocabulary has several benefits for people learning English as a second language:

  1. Improved comprehension: A larger vocabulary leads to better understanding of texts and conversations.
  2. Enhanced communication: With more words at their disposal, learners can express themselves more accurately and fluently.
  3. Increased confidence: Knowing the right words to use boosts learners’ confidence in their language abilities.

See here for this research

Two gifts to help you

For some of you, it will be a new skill to practice the same words over and over until you can remember them easily and quickly and for a long time. So we want to help you learn how to learn by offering two gifts. The first gift is a small word book for you to write your new words in.

Your teachers will introduce around 10 new words a week. So if you’re practicing your complete list of words each day so that they become automatic, you should be able to do all 50 words by the 6th week. Of course, if you need longer that’s fine. And if you miss a week, that’s ok: just keep adding words when you come back.

It will be important to carry your word book with you, it is small enough so you can put it in your pocket or purse. This way you can review words every day.

Please be patient with yourself… language learning is a skill like learning a musical instrument or a sport or a new recipe. We have to make a lot of mistakes before we can succeed.

The second gift will be after you can say 50 words from your teacher without any mistakes. It will be a $10 gift card to Amazon or Walmart – you choose which (a gift card is like cash that you can use at that store).

When you’re ready to get started, just ask your teacher.

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