5. Word Formation Charts

Word formation is one of the keys to success for advanced level ESL learners. Advanced level English exams such as the TOEFL, First Certificate CAE and Proficiency use word formation as one of the key testing elements.

6. Visual Dictionaries

A picture is worth a thousand words. It’s also very helpful for learning precise vocabulary. There are a number of excellent English learner visual dictionaries for sale.

7. Learn Collocations

Collocations refer to words that often or always go together. A good example of a collocation is to do your homework.

8. Use a Corpus

Corpora are huge collections of documents that can track the number of times a word is used. By using a corpora, you can find which words are often used together with target vocabulary words. Combining corpora use with vocabulary trees is a great way to learn key vocabulary for specific vocabulary target areas. You can get started by visiting the British National Corpus.


1. Use vocabulary learning methods to focus quickly on the vocabulary YOU need to study.
2. Don’t make random lists of new words. Try to group words in themes. This will help you memorize new words more quickly.
3. If you have the time, and even if you think you don’t have the time, try to add context. Writing a few example sentences using new vocabulary will help you remember the words in context.
4. Keep a vocabulary notepad at hand whenever you are reading in English.