Learning the dictionary made easy
Learn The Dictionary From Cover To Cover
I am experiencing a sense of guilt;! my teaching experience lasted only 2 years after graduating from Birmingham University School Of Education, also known as The Canley Teachers Training College(Class of 1964 – 67.)
Guilt stems from the fact that all my Teacher Training was for free, including a financial grant to cover cost of books and 3 years living on Campus with free meals. Those days are long gone.
Maybe I should have stayed in teaching, I am enjoying creating this course and would have done back then, in the sixties and seventies; but the Art magnet was too powerful.
Word Stitch was designed originally as a word game to test ones spelling and vocabulary. There are two aspects to the game, one is the game itself, the other aspect is teaching a student how to develop and enhance his or her vocabulary, by reading and learning the dictionary from cover to cover.
This word game would make an interesting TV game show, a powerful teaching tool in schools and colleges, and a party game at family and friends gatherings.
Before you attempt this exercise, I am encouraging you to prepare yourself, spend a day or two reading and learning a given set of words beginning with set letters of the alphabet.
Did you know that C has the most pages of words of all the letters in the alphabet, followed by S and then R in third place.
My Dictionary of reference is the Merriam Webster dictionary.
The course begins with the easiest, shortest and possibly the most difficult words, words beginning with the letters X. Y and Z.
In my copy there are only 5 pages to read and learn.
When I was a student at Teacher Training College, we were sent out on teaching practice in the various surrounding schools. One of the most important things our Tutors looked for was our -Lesson Plans- A successful lesson needed proper planning, and if you failed teaching practice the entire 3 years went up in smoke.
Unfortunately, I quit teaching after only teaching for two years after graduation; however I taught as a student teacher for one and a half years prior to entering college; even as a student teacher I was given a class of first year juniors, without the supervision f a trained teacher, so I can rightly claim three and a half years of teaching experience.
I was never taught how to learn the Dictionary-during my days in primary or senior schools; nor can I recall ever teaching it during my three and a half years as a primary school teacher.
Our method for enhancing the vocabulary was mainly by reading and conversation.
Word stitch will be used as a tool to improve the vocabulary by reading and learning the dictionary from cover to cover.
The plan is to read and learn all the words in the dictionary from A to Z. It is important to follow the course in chronological order from the very beginning, Exercise 1
You must first read the words selected in each lesson out loud, then repeat reading them silently.
Have a notebook ready to write down the new words learned, and learn their meanings.
Practice makes Perfect
Be sure to use the new words learned in your everyday conversation and writings when ever the opportunity present itself.,
As you progress try to write some short stories or paragraphs using your improved vocabulary.
Share the exercises with your friends and family, and arrange the periodic competition to find the vocabulary zhar in your circle.
Read and learn all the words beginning with the following letters
1. x. x. x. x
2. y. y. y. y
3. Z. Z. Z. Z
How many 3 word sentences can you create using the letters X. Y. Z. in any order
X. Y. Z.
Example- Zero Zulu Zebras zigzagging
Remember this is a learning exercise, studying the list of words in the dictionary is very important.
Read the words out loud first, then repeat reading them silently.
Keep a note book to write down any words you did not know the meaning of.
Practice using the words in your daily conversation with friends and family.
The plan is to offer an average of 18 pages of study per exercise, with a few revision exercises.
To take full advantage of these exercises and read the dictionary from cover to cover, one should complete the exercises in chronological order.
If you happen to discover the course at an advanced stage, It is advisable to go back and start from the beginning.
In my estimation, if I publish one exercise per week, it will take about 65 weeks to complete the course; and I assure you of mastering your vocabulary beyond expectations.
Copyright 2019 Courtney Devonish.
Images-Hand carved by author of Word Stitch and Artist Courtney Devonish