Without a doubt, a large vocabulary is important when you are learning English as a Second Language (ESL). One way to learn new words that are very useful for school is to study the words on the Academic Word List. This is a list of words developed by Dr. Averil Coxhead, and they are high frequency words used in academic settings such as a university or college.
If you plan on studying at an English university or college, it’s a good idea to learn these words! However, even if you do not, they are good words to know because a large English vocabulary will definitely help your ability to read in English.
To help you learn the word crucial, which is on the Academic Word List, I’ve created a short podcast (under two minutes!) to help with pronunciation and hear some example sentences using the word crucial in context.
Maybe the first sentence in this post would be better if it said: Without a doubt, a large vocabulary is crucial when you are learning English as a Second Language (ESL). 🙂