Vocabulary learning

This website provides 10 practical suggestions for learning English words.

This advice sheet offers practical solutions to help you to remember the words that you are learning. It is part of the Vocabulary series produced by the HKUST Center for Language Education SAC team (now known as iLANG team). Find out more about other tips and advice.

Wordlists

This is the wordlist developed by the Education Bureau for the junior secondary level.

This list was developed at HKUST. It consists of 890 headwords that occur frequently over a range of academic subjects. The list is divided into 10 levels. The words at Level 1 are the most frequently occurring words in academic texts; those at Level 10 are the least frequent.

This is the wordlist developed by the Education Bureau for the senior secondary level.

This word list contains the 5th 1000 most frequent words. It was extracted from the British National Corpus master list by Paul Nation. Paul Nation’s word lists are lemmatized; but the list here contains only the headwords.

This word list contains the 8th 1000 most frequent words. It was extracted from the British National Corpus master list by Paul Nation. Paul Nation’s word lists are lemmatized; but the list here contains only the headwords.

This word list contains the 10th 1000 most frequent words. It was extracted from the British National Corpus master list by Paul Nation. Paul Nation’s word lists are lemmatized; but the list here contains only the headwords.

Practice

These online tests measure vocabulary knowledge at various frequency levels. You are required to match a word with its meaning. They were developed by Nation (1990), Schmitt, Schmitt and Clapham (2001), and Beglar and Nation (2007). Note: The format of these test items is different from that of the ELPA Vocabulary paper.

These are online gap-fill tests that measure productive vocabulary knowledge at various frequency levels. Choose a frequency level by clicking on the link. They were developed by Laufer and Nation (1999).

The Academic Word List compiled by Coxhead contains 570 word families. It is divided into 10 sublists. Sublist 1 consists of the most common words in the AWL; Sublist 10 contains the least frequent.On this website, there are 30 gap-fill exercises for each of the 10 sublists.