如何選擇英文單字書?

如何選擇英文單字書?

Many students struggle to find suitable learning materials. Here are six tips to help you find the perfect vocabulary book.
 
1.了解學習英語的目的! Focus!
 
在挑單字書前,要先釐清您的目的是在日常會話中學習詞彙或是準備像SAT,TOEFL或IELTS這樣的標準化測驗?又或許您正在學習與特定工作領域相關的專業術語,因此您應該選擇一本書來幫助您滿足這些需求。
 
Understand your goals for learning English.
 
Are you learning vocabulary words for daily conversations or preparing for standardized assessments like the SAT, TOEFL, or IELTS? If you are studying for work-related purpose and need technical, domain-specific vocabulary words, you should pick a book that helps you meet these needs.
 
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2.選擇一本以各種方式呈現單詞的書。Employ diverse learning strategies!
 
好的詞彙書通常有定義、音節、搭配詞、插圖、文字網、概念圖和單字音檔來幫助您理解新的單詞和短語。每個人的學習方式都不同,最好是找到一本可以幫助您記憶詞彙的書。這本書還應該包括告訴您在學習這個單字時可能會有的疑難點,例如,specie(貨幣)不是species(物種)的單數型,這麼一來您可以避免這樣的錯誤。
 
Pick a book that presents words in diverse ways.
 
Good vocabulary books often have definitions, syllabification, collocations, illustrations, word webs, concept maps, and audio recordings to help you understand new words and phrases. Everyone learns differently, and it is best if you find a book that can help you commit these words to memory. The book should also include expected errors (e.g. specie is not the singular form of species) so you can avoid making them.
 
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3.這本書有附練習嗎?Practice!
 
學習新單詞最有效的練習之一是單字填空練習。這本書是否有克漏字、選擇選、單字配對和其他有益的練習?是否含有口說、聽力、閱讀和寫作活動可以幫助您記憶,甚至是在語境中使用學到的單詞?
 
Does the book have exercises?
 
One of the most effective exercises for learning new words is a cloze exercise. Does the book have cloze, multiple choice, matching, and other exercises that help you remember the words? Are there speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities that help you retain and even use the words in context?
 
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4. 這本書有提供資源幫助你複習嗎? Always review!
 
如果不進行反覆和持續的練習,很難牢記單字。您的這本單字書是否包含閃字卡或類似Quizlet的練習程式,可以幫助您在學習這些單字的數月後查看學習成效?這也是您購書時要考量的重點之一。
 
Does the book have resources to help you review?
 
Without drilling and continuous review, it is difficult to commit new information to memory. Does the book include flashcards or apps like Quizlet that help you review the words months after you learned it?
 
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5.是否有定期和最終的評量?Assessments and evaluations!
 
您的單字書是否在幾個學習單元之後有附上單字測驗幫助您評估目前的學習程度和進步的狀況? 好的單字書應該是結構化的,包括單字測驗,以幫助您了解您的進展。
 
Does the book have periodic assessments and a final evaluation?
 
Assessments are needed to know your current level and your progress. Exercises serve as a good way to measure your understanding of the words, but are there quizzes and tests every few chapters in your book? The book should be structured and include assessments and a final evaluation to help you know your progress.
 
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6. 這本書能引起你的興趣嗎?Learning should be fun~
 
有時候,我們會為了考試的目的購買詞彙書,但這並不代表它一定是無趣的。除了單純表列單字和短語的單字書外,您應該要找到具有功能性且富知識性的單字書,讓單字學習變得有趣並使您保持學習的興趣!
 
Does the book keep you interested?
 
Sometimes, we purchase vocabulary books for test-taking purposes but that does not mean it can’t be interesting. Find a book that includes practical tidbits of knowledge to help make learning interesting and keep you motivated!
 
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英文單詞學習資源
 
Video Discussions
 
1. 為何英文能力無法提升? (影片)
 
2. 如何牢記和應用剛學到的英文單詞? (影片)
 
3. 來測試一下你的英文詞彙層次! Tier 1, 2, 3? (影片)
 
4. 7個教/學英文詞彙的關鍵步驟 (影片)
 
5. 如何有效率的認知和應用學科單字 (影片): https://www.cctalk.com/v/15178710492881
 
6. 免費線上單詞課:
 
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