English for Academic Purposes: Vocabulary

Building Vocabulary.

Vocabulary is important in EAP.

When you find a word you do not know, it is important to decide how much it is necessary to know about the word. You may need some or all of the following. A good dictionary will help.

In order to succeed in HE in English, you need:

  • vocabulary building skills, for example:
    • use of prefixes, suffixes and roots to produce words;
    • knowledge of construction of compound nouns and adjectives;
    • ability to change word forms (nouns to verbs etc),
    • information about families (synonyms, antonyms, hyponyms etc