Words & Meaning: English Vocabulary Development

Develop your vocabulary to improve your spoken and written English
Module information
Semester 1 or Semester 2
3 hours per week
Module leader:
Luke Timms

Module name and code

  • Words & Meaning: English Vocabulary Development EL2012

Module aims

Words & meaning

• ascertain your own vocabulary level using a self-assessment test

• record and learn vocabulary so that you can expand the range of vocabulary you use during and after the module

• utilise the Academic Word List (AWL) to prioritise high-frequency vocabulary in written academic discourse

• apply lexical approaches to chunking language

• distinguish near-synonyms by comparing collocation, connotation and word grammar

• investigate vocabulary for your own academic field in order to improve your ability to communicate in your discipline

• use metalanguage to describe vocabulary

• use dictionaries, corpora, concordancers and other resources in order to increase the range and accuracy of your vocabulary usage

Who is this module for?

  • This module is open to all Erasmus and Study Abroad students for university credits.
  • Students are expected to have an advanced level of English: CEFR C1


  • Coursework assignment
  • Written test

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