The Versatile Blank Book
The vocabulary book you write yourself
with a little help along the way
Boring cover? Well, it won't be boring when you've filled in the white space with your own pictures or somethings.
Speaking of boring, which of these language learning activities do you use?
• filling in gaps in sentences
• matching words with other words
• filling in more gaps in more sentences
• labelling pictures
• memorising lists of words in English and your native language
• using flashcards with words in English on one side and your native language word on the other side.
Activities like these are quite useful, but now that your English is good enough to read this webpage, you can use more interesting, creative and active learning activities.
In the Versatile Blank Book, there are 100 blank pages for you to create your own pictures, diagrams, tables, mindmaps, Venn diagrams and tables. This is Section 4.
The cover has a lot of space for you to make it your own.
There are 14 short and colourful units before your 100 pages that give you lots of examples of the graphics that you can create.
Language students today are bright and creative and resourceful and living in the 21st century.
And before that section of the book, there are 13 short and colourful units with some very interesting and useful features of language, especially vocabulary, that you probably didn't know or didn't know much about.
Do you know why it is better to learn phrasal verbs in the "little word" groups than learning all the little words that go with a particular verb?
Do you know that collocations are the basis of sentences?
Do you know that any text you read is a goldmine of information about the aspects of language that you are learning at the moment?
Do you know that you can't find or study these aspects of language if you don't know they exist?
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In the first section of the book, you meet a few online tools that help you find examples of these language features which you can use in the images you create in your own section.
These tools produce fantastic word clouds, tables and charts. When you learn to use these tools, you can start answering language questions that you never thought to ask. For the rest of your life!
The introduction has some suggestions about how you can make this book your book. You create your own table of contents, design section covers, write a dedication, for example.
• And then there is some information about passive and active vocabulary.
• And about passive and active vocabulary study.
• And then some ways to think about your language study.