IELTS Vocabulary Improvement Plan
You must record any new
words you hear or read. There
are lots of ways to do this, so
that you will remember them
Buy a notebook
It does not need to be an expensive notebook. Anything
that allows you to record lots of new words or phrases is
Use your phone
There are a huge number of apps, like
allow you to record lists.
Add things to help you remember
You can write
A complete book of new words and phrases
Soon you will have a huge number of new words and phrases
that will become part of your vocabulary
It is essential that you
regularly review these new
words and phrases in order to
retain them in your memory.
Do it regularly
month after you first
new word should be enough.
Make it fun
There are many word
that you can play on
Memrise or Quizlet.
You can also get creative and
with your new
Try to use
your new words in the
you would in
speaking or writing tests
You can include them in
to do so
READ & LISTEN
Studies have shown that the
number one way for learners
to improve their vocabulary is
through reading and listening
to genuine sources of English.
Read something you love
Don’t read long lists of boring words.
Read something you are passionate about.
You will learn more effectively if you enjoy the topic you are reading.
- Guess what the words mean before
writing them down in your notebook.
Spot new words & phrases
- When you see a new word or phrase, underline it or write it down.
Use free resources
- There are millions of free blogs, websites, news sites and eBooks for you to choose
from. See my guide at the end.
Read every day
- Make reading in English part of your daily
routine and you will soon improve.
Listen to something you love
Just like reading, you will learn much more if you listen to
something you enjoy.
If you like
, listen to football
. If you like
, listen to a podcast about the
hear a new word or phrase
write it down
Use free resources
billions of hours of clips
for you to listen to.
Simply search for things you are
are also a great way to
Again, they are free. These are just a couple of examples from many.
Listen on the go
Put your ear buds in and listen to your favourite Podcast while you
The possibilities are endless.
There will always be time for you to listen.
You can then
you get home.
It’s all free
You do not need to spend any money to improve your vocabulary.
All of the resources you need are freely available on
Here is a list of my favourite sites, but there
are millions more that will help you.
Simply use Google to find something that interests