My Basic Thousand Words by Lonnie Dai Zovi is a complete 105 page workbook containing a comprehensive word list for absolute beginning novice low to intermediate English vocabulary learners. The book contains graduated lists (from the most simple to the more complex, as well as an alphabetical list ) and related exercises (puzzles, word scrambles, sentences writing, fill in the blank) of one thousand of the most frequently occurring words with accompanying exercises for EAL/EFL students. Rather than an English frequency word list, it is a merging of various frequency word lists. The words chosen are simple yet vital for successful reading and writing for beginning and intermediate English learners. These words and exercises are good for group or independent study.
They can be used for weekly spelling words, vocabulary teaching, reviewing,or just reinforcement or enrichment to an already existing program. Regular classroom teachers can give these worksheets to their EAL/EFL students for extra practice.The word list is a compilation of many old and respected high frequency word lists (Dolch, Fry, Dale-Chall,Spache to name a few). Some of the lists were too short, others contained a few words not used as much as perhaps they were in the past. (“hiss” and “steamer”, for example, were purged) My Basic Thousand Words, then, is a merging as well as an update of other lists in addition to a few changes. Thematic words that usually appear in beginning English picture dictionaries (Perfect Pics,© for example) were not included. Colours, most numbers, family, animals, months, days, household items, school supplies etc. were not usually included. Many of the excluded words, though quite useful, are not as frequent as those words chosen for this list. You may use this list and the exercises as occasional reviews, worksheets for substitutes teachers, extra credit, or as part of an organized and structured curriculum.
This list starts with – The, man, it, now, bed, you, he, is, do, me and ends with character, immediate, especially, principle, appreciate, extreme, receipt, annual, decision, recommend, emergency.