Synopses & Reviews
VOCABULARY GROWTH: STRATEGIES FOR COLLEGE WORD STUDY maintains a strategic approach to vocabulary development in which emphasis is not on the memorization of individual words and their definition, but on helping college students perceive connections among words and elements within words. The text's strength can be found in its chapter organization. Each chapter includes:
- A statement of objectives at the start of the chapter.
- A reading selection called "Interesting Words to Think About" which introduces words or a group of words that relates to the topic of the chapter.
- "Strategy" boxes that help students develop techniques to wrest meanings from words.
- Two modules, each presenting 12 to 15 new words that share a common feature.
- A third module offering a reading selection about an aspect of word building or use that relates to the focus of the chapter.
- A "Confusing Words" box which ends the chapter, addressing common problems such as it's and its, or eminent and imminent.
A unique and practical word building primer that offers a strategic, word study approach to vocabulary development with an emphasis on helping users perceive connections among words and elements within words. The book and related exercises provide specific strategies for figuring out the meanings of unfamiliar words and discovering relationships among words based on the affixes and roots that comprise them. Provides strategies and exercises for understanding words through their origins, context clues and word elements including prefixes, suffixes and basic roots. For individuals with an interest in words and their development, as well as those wishing to build their vocabulary using a more productive, active and practical approach than memorization.
Table of Contents
I. THE DICTIONARY AND WORD ORIGINS. 1. The Dictionary as the Book of Choice—Words about Words and Words from Old English.
2. Word Study Notebooks and Cards—Words from Greek.
II. CONTEXT CLUES AND MORE ABOUT WORD ORIGINS. 3. Context Clues—Words from Latin.
4. More with Context Clues—Words from French.
III. PREFIXES AND OTHER INTRODUCTORY ELEMENTS THAT MATTER. 5. Word Elements —Prefixes That Tell “No,” “When,” “Where,” or “More.”
6. Word Elements—Prefixes That Say “For,” “Together,” “Apart,” . . .
7. Word Elements—Introductory Bases That Tell: “How Many” or “How Big.”
IV. SUFFIXES AND OTHER FINAL ELEMENTS TO LOOK OUT FOR. 8. Adjective-Forming Suffixes—Describing People and Things.
9. Noun-and Verb-forming Suffixes—Making Words Name and Act.
10. Word Elements—Ruling, Schooling, Measuring, Writing, and Viewing.
V. BASIC ROOTS AND WORD ELEMENTS. 11. Roots—Talking, Writing, Sensing, Knowing.
12. Roots—Active Living.
13. Basic Elements—The Environment and Life.
14. Basic Elements—The Self in Society.
Roots and Combining Forms.