Higher Education

The Least You Should Know about Vocabulary Building: Word Roots, 8th Edition

  • Carol Friend Mercer Community College
  • Laura Knight Mercer Community College
  • Teresa Ferster Glazier Late, Western Illinois University
  • ISBN-10: 128543045X  |  ISBN-13: 9781285430454
  • 176 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2008, 2005
  • © 2015 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $47.25

About

Overview

By drawing on words that students already understand, THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT VOCABULARY BUILDING: WORD ROOTS teaches vocabulary in a straightforward way that requires minimal time and effort. This text avoids rote memorization techniques and instead highlights the meaningful units within words, enabling students to expand their vocabularies quickly and learn a reliable system for recognizing and retaining vocabulary. An intuitive design and alphabetical organization make it easy for students to use the book as a reference tool as well as a textbook.

Features and Benefits

  • Because only one approach is used-word roots-students can work through the text easily. They learn a method of study while learning the first root and follow the method throughout the book.
  • No distinction is made between Greek and Latin roots because students need to remember the meaning of a root rather than its language source. Similarly, no distinction is made among roots, prefixes, and suffixes because all are equally sources of word meaning.
  • Students learn words in context. After a word is defined, it is then used in a sentence.
  • Some difficult words are included for those who happen to be ready for them, but students should be encouraged to concentrate on words they have encountered before and are curious about.
  • The simplest pronunciation aids are used; the only diacritical mark employed is the one for long vowels.
  • A Word Index makes the text simple to use.
  • Parts of speech are noted for each word, helping students understand how the word is used in the example sentence.

Table of Contents

To the Instructor.
1. Increasing Your Vocabulary through Learning Word Roots.
2. Where to Find Word Roots in Your Dictionary.
3. Changes in Root Spelling.
4. How to Use This Book.
5. Preliminary Test.
6. Word Roots in Alphabetical Order.
7. Comprehensive Tests.
Word Index.

What's New

  • Additional “Practice” pages review the most common roots, helping students retain their new knowledge and proficiency.
  • Clearer definitions make this edition even more user-friendly and accessible.
  • A new root-rupt-has been added.
  • The Answer Key is now available online for easy access.
  • Many exercises have been updated with an eye to including interesting, contemporary content.
  • Online Vocabulary Flashcards provide additional review opportunities to support students' learning.

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

: “THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT VOCABULARY BUILDING: WORD ROOTS is a good and inexpensive book that gives students exposure to many word roots; by focusing on roots, students are able to learn many more words than they can by using other vocabulary books that contain a fixed number of words and definitions.”

— Mary Carstens, Wayne State University

“I really love the layout of THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT VOCABULARY BUILDING: WORD ROOTS, and the word roots in alphabetical order will help our students expand their vocabulary skills.”

— Sheri Van Court, Brookhaven College

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Online Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1285872487 | ISBN-13: 9781285872483)

Available on the Instructor Companion Website, this supplement contains thirteen tests, including a pretest and comprehensive test to measure student progress.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Carol Friend

Carol Friend is an Associate Professor in the English/Languages department of the Liberal Arts Division of Mercer County Community College in central New Jersey. She has coordinated the Developmental Reading department since 2001 and the ESL department since Spring 2013. Carol has been a college professor since 1982 and has taught developmental reading, English composition, and ESL for over 30 years. She received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, her graduate degree from San Francisco State University, and her TOEFL certificate from the Notre Dame de Namur University. Her textbooks include THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT VOCABULARY BUILDING: WORD ROOTS, 8th Edition; JOURNEYS: READINGS ACROSS THE ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES; and THE OPEN MIND, 3rd Edition.

Laura Knight

Laura D. Knight is a Professor of English in the Liberal Arts Division of Mercer County Community College in central New Jersey, where she coordinated the English department's writing program for more than ten years. Laura has taught all levels of writing as well as reading, film, history, and literature at various colleges since 1980. She received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Potsdam and her Masters of Humanities and Masters of English degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo. In addition to teaching, she scores the English portion of the Praxis teacher's certification examination for Educational Testing Service. Laura's textbooks include THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT VOCABULARY BUILDING: WORD ROOTS, 8th Edition; JOURNEYS: READINGS ACROSS THE ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES; THE OPEN MIND, 3rd Edition, and …AND YOUR POINT?, 6th Edition.