College Vocabulary Skills and Strategies

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9780130971029: College Vocabulary Skills and Strategies

For courses in Developmental English including Fundamentals of Reading and Vocabulary Development. This text stresses the need for students to incorporate new words into their personal vocabulary to enhance their lives and academic careers. This learning objective is achieved through practice; the text utilizes ample fill-in-the-blank, matching, and multiple-choice exercises to teach definitions, pronounciation, and context clues. An entire section of the text deals with strategies for learning new words and focuses on discipline-specific words in medicine, business, law enforcement, psychology, and computer science.

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College Vocabulary Skills and Strategies stresses that the goal of a vocabulary text is to help students gain a sense of ownership-that is, a good book should help students incorporate new words into their personal vocabulary to enhance their lives and academic careers.

How is such a learning objective achieved? PRACTICE. Elizabeth Branch and Annie Jewett offer critical features including ample fill-in-the-blank, matching, and multiple choice exercises to teach the student definitions, pronunciation, and context clues. In addition, they provide an entire section dealing with strategies for learning new words and a focus on discipline specific words in medicine, business, law enforcement, psychology, and computer science.

Key to the pedagogy of this text is the free, interactive companion website at www.prenhall.com/branch that includes:

  • Definition and pronunciation of 180 words from text (pronunciation in English and Spanish).
  • Matching exercises to help the students recognize the key words and their definitions.
  • Fun and interactive self-grading soccer game that prompts the student to .fill in the blank with the correct word from the section.
  • Communication tools such as chat rooms and message boards to facilitate online collaboration and communication.
  • Built-in routing that gives students the ability to forward responses to their instructors.

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College Vocabulary Skills and Strategies is written for the capable student who needs to establish or revisit vocabulary in order to strengthen reading skills for college level work. As college reading teachers, we are well aware of the challenges facing a learner in this situation. All too often we hear discouraged students discussing their assignments and noting: "Too much reading," "Too little time," "Too many big words that I've never seen before," or "Too boring." Vocabulary development does not have to be this way!

With our years of experience teaching reading and vocabulary in the Tarrant County College System, we ale convinced that the specially prepared activities and plethora of exercises used in this text are valuable, productive, and fun for students as well as faculty. We have listened with interest and concern as our students shared the challenges of test taking and college-level reading due to their struggles with spelling, writing, and pronunciation. This text is for these students—our students, who have directly influenced the lessons that are included in this text and the accompanying examples online.

It is our hope and belief that College Vocabulary Skills and Strategies will provide students with many enjoyable opportunities to experience success in meeting the academic challenge of obtaining a college-level vocabulary.

Text Overview

Each Vocabulary Lesson in this text follows a consistent format:

  • PART ONE — Introduction New Word Parts: Knowing the meaning of a new word part is one of the most important clues in unlocking the definition of the word. In Step One of each lesson, students will be introduced to three new word parts and their meanings for use in subsequent exercises and examples.
  • PART TWO — Building New Words: Having just learned about roots, prefixes and suffixes, students now move on to discover how word parts are joined to create new vocabulary. In Step Two of the lessons, students will be introduced to fifteen new words (from the word parts introduced in Step One) and their meanings.
  • PART THREE — Categorizing Patterns of New Words: Recognizing the common spellings of word parts can help readers unlock word meanings. For example, after seeing tri-at the beginning of several words that have something to do with three, the student has a greater ability to understand that words with similar spellings (trilogy, tricycle, tripod) are similar in meaning. Step Three requires that students categorize words from word parts and their meanings to reveal a pattern in the spellings and meanings of the new words.
  • PART FOUR — Understanding New Words in Sentences: Step Four provides the student with additional opportunities to practice the important skills learned in the first three steps. In this section, students must fill in the appropriate word for each sentence based on an understanding of the context and prompts of the sentence and an understanding of the word parts of the answer choices.
  • PART FIVE — Spelling and Reviewing New Words: This lesson provides additional exposure to the words and word parts found in the previous steps but especially focuses on the spelling of these new words. This is achieved through writing out the new words after recognizing them by sight from the word part meaning. For example, if the given word is love, students should remember that the word part am means love, friendship, etc and thus, write out the correct word amity.
  • PART SIX — Pronouncing New Words: Pronunciation plays a major role in increasing student vocabulary. Do your students recognize when you use new words in conversation? Do they know when TV commentators use a word from their list? Do any of the words sound familiar after putting the textbook away? Step Six allows the students to make sure they know the correct pronunciation of the new words by using symbols and the dictionary pronunciation key.

Additional Features

In addition to the Vocabulary Lessons noted above, College Vocabulary Skills and Strategies provides separate sections entitled Using the Dictionary, Strategies for Learning New Words, Word Parts, Using Context Clues, Using Specialized Terminology in Vocabulary Development and a summary of "Points to Remember" at the end of each chapter.

  • Using the Dictionary: One of the most important tools in vocabulary acquisition is a good dictionary . . . but only if you know how to use it! Section I encourages the student to develop an understanding of word meanings, pronunciation, parts of speech, spelling, etymology, and syllabication by understanding the wealth of knowledge the dictionary provides. Helpful examples, exercises, and guides are provided throughout the section.
  • Strategies for Learning New Words: Section II maintains that learning new words is pointless unless the student develops a system for remembering and using the words. In this section, varied strategies are provided to help build word power through illustrative methods, context clues, and word analysis.
  • Using Context Clues: Section IV on context clues offers suggestions and hints to help the reader make use of the clues the writer provides in the text when trying to discern the meaning of an unfamiliar words.
  • Using Specialized Terminology in Vocabulary Development: College Vocabulary Skills and Strategies also provides students with a list of discipline-specific words in medicine, business, law enforcement, psychology, and computer science. The examples and exercises not only help students with terms in discipline-specific course work, but also in every day life when dealing with lawyers, doctors, or even watching the nightly news!
  • "Points to Remember": Each section contains a brief "Points to Remember" summary that keeps students focused on the main points of the lesson.

Additional Pedagogy

  • Free Interactive Companion Website: Contains fun and useful features such as:
    • Definition and pronunciation, in both English and Spanish, of 180 words from the text.
    • Matching exercises to help students recognize the key words and their definitions.
    • A fun and interactive self-grading game that prompts the student to fill in the blank with the correct word from the section.
    • Communication tools such as chat rooms and message boards to facilitate online collaboration and communication.
    • Built-in routing that allows students to forward responses to their instructors.
  • Online Instructor's Manual and Test Bank
  • Free Dictionary: The New American Webster Handy College Dictionary can be shrink-wrapped with this text for free to ensure that students have an up-to-date reference to help them with vocabulary development.

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