A Vocabulary Notebook is a booklet in which you can register new vocabulary so you can spend some time learning these new words out of the classroom. I have a lot of respect for students who are good listeners and good writers too , They always listen and read trying to find something new to learn, sometimes you have to ask yourself what was the last word that I learned? so you can understand how active you are in seeking new knowledge.
Some of my students keep a vocabulary notebook in old fashion ways which is keeping a notebook close all the time, now with the advancements in technology, this can be done through your smartphone, tablet or your PC.
Some of the Best apps to keep a Vocabulary Notebook
Evernote is an app that you can use to capture, organize, and share notes from anywhere. Your best ideas are always with you and always in sync. This means that you can take and check your vocabulary notebook everywhere and you can even share it with others.
Quizlet is a tool that many teachers use to introduce vocabulary and test their students you can create different sets for different types of vocabulary.
Google Keep makes it easy to capture a thought or list for yourself, and share it with friends and family.
OneNote is set up like a notebook to bring the familiar physical 3-ring binder to the digital era. Easily use sections and pages to separate out thoughts by theme at school, home or work.
Dropbox Paper is an app to create new docs or edit existing ones, and share them with your classmates from the app, so you can capture inspiration wherever you are.
How to Organize Your Vocabulary Notebook
There are several ways in which you can organize your vocabulary notebook, these are some of the most common ones:
- Parts of the Speech: You can organize your vocabulary using the following categories:
- Word Families: When you learn a new words, you can learn some of the words related to that one, for example:
- Lexical Sets: If you learn a term, learn some words related to that topic or subtopic for example:
Remember that a vocabulary notebook can really increase our vocabulary, when vocabulary notebooks are used, there is a high chance that besides recognizing the word the next time you see it or hear it, you will start using most of those words in your writing and when you speak.
For more information about teaching vocabulary, read this series of articles on teaching vocabulary
What apps do you use to keep a vocabulary notebook? Leave a comment with your recommendations