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Building Vocabulary for College 8th Edition

R. Kent Smith

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  • Previous Editions 2012, 2009, 2006
  • 320 Pages


BUILDING VOCABULARY FOR COLLEGE is a vocabulary worktext that helps students increase their academic vocabulary through a practical, reinforcing approach that promotes mastery of the words and word parts studied. Users love the book for its “conciseness yet broadness of application,” its focus on word parts, its non-condescending tone, and its emphasis on academic terms. The text begins by presenting the basics such as common prefixes, suffixes, and roots. The lessons in Section 1 alternate between those that introduce ten word parts and those that present ten challenging words (which appear on college aptitude tests) containing those word parts. Exercises in Part 1 ask students to work through matching, multiple-choice, sentence fill-in, and completing a passage sections. The lessons in Section 2 introduce terms from a variety of academic disciplines to help students succeed across the curriculum. Exercises in Part 2 include matching, sentence fill-ins, and completing a passage sections.

R. Kent Smith, University College of Bangor

R. Kent Smith has recently retired from full-time teaching at University College of Bangor, part of the University of Maine system, where he taught reading, study skills, and writing courses for nearly thirty years. He held the rank of Professor of Developmental Studies, and he also chaired the Developmental Studies program for nine years. Prior to entering college teaching, Smith taught in the Aurora, Illinois, public school system for twelve years. He earned his Doctorate of Education degree in language arts from the University of Maine. He has been a participant at numerous professional conferences, and his research and publications have been covered reading, writing, vocabulary, spelling, study skills, and testing. He has served as co-editor of FORUM FOR READING, and he was a member of the editorial board for RESEARCH AND TEACHING IN DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION, a journal published by the New York College Learning Skills Association.
  • “Idioms to Know” boxes, which should prove to be particularly helpful to students for whom English is a second language, are now included in each chapter.
  • The majority of the “Challenging Words” featured in Part One have been replaced with words that appear in one or more editions of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
  • A variety of new and engaging “Completing a Passage” sections have been written for this edition.
  • “Valuable Bonus Word” boxes are included in each of the Academic Terms chapters.
  • Numerous revisions to words, sentences, exercises, and review tests, including the crossword puzzles, have been made to enhance this text’s instructional value and enjoyment for both teachers and students.
  • An updated design with attractive colors, new photos, and other selected features enrich the text’s overall visual appeal while adding to its instructional utility.
  • A revised Test Bank is now available in print, and an electronic version is located on the Instructor Companion Website for BUILDING VOCABULARY FOR COLLEGE.
  • “Completing a Passage” sections help students assess their comprehension and progress.
  • Cumulative reviews with crossword puzzles provide students with more opportunity to practice what they have learned.
  • The design features plentiful visuals, for a fresher, more approachable look and feel.
  • The text features academic terms from a wide range of disciplines, including Literature and Composition, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Biology, Physical Science, Business and Economics, and Oral Communication.
  • “Mastering Confusing Words” and “Idioms to Know” sections are particularly helpful to ESL students.
Note: Each Part includes an Introduction.
To the Instructor.
To the Student.
1. Word Parts: ary, co, col, com, con, cor, de, er, ist, or, ex, il, im, in, ir, ing, pre, re, un. Challenging Words: quandary, consensus, incongruous, debilitate, hedonist, extricate, meandering, precocious, reconciliation, unethical.
2. Word Parts: sub, pro, fy, inter, mis, dis, ob, op, ten, tion, ed. Challenging Words: submissive, prolific, mollify, intervene, misnomer, dissipate, obstreperous, tentative, correlation, alleviated.
3. Word Parts: able, ible, a, an, super, trans, poly, ver, log, ism, chron, post. Challenging Words: inevitable, apathy, superfluous, transition, polychromatic, veracity, epilogue, nepotism, chronic, posthumously.
4. Word Parts: bio, tele, auto, eu, ante, rect, fid, equ, pan, sym, syn. Challenging Words: biopsy, telepathy, autonomy, euphemism, antediluvian, rectify, infidelity, equivocal, panacea, syndrome.
5. Word Parts: phil, mal, spec, omni, hyper, anti, voc, vok, bi, path, ben. Challenging Words: philanthropy, malicious, specter, omnipotent, hypertension, antithesis, vociferous, bilingual, empathy, benign.
6. Word Parts: fin, gni, gno, bell, clau, clu, ambi, amphi, less, pen, pun, intra, intro, man, luc, lum. Challenging Words: finale, cognizant, belligerent, recluse, ambivalence, dauntless, penance, introspection, manhandle, elucidate.
7. Word Parts: bon, boun, multi, vert, neo, ful, ous, non, aud, extra, ultra, temp, ward. Challenging Words: bounteous, multifaceted, vertigo, neophyte, acrimonious, nondescript, audible, extraneous, contemporary, wayward
8. Word Parts: ann, enn, grad, gress, phon, mor, mort, pos, cap, dia, ness, hetero, homo. Challenging Words: annuity, gradient, cacophony, moribund, composure, capricious, diaphanous, blandness, heterogeneous, homogeneous.
9. Word Parts: contra, contro, counter, ac, claim, clam, dic, greg, terr, anthrop, fore, soph. Challenging Words: contraband, exacerbate, clamor, malediction, gregarious, terrain, foreboding, misanthrope, sedition, sophomoric.
10. Word Parts: spar, sper, peri, cred, em, en, tact, tang, macro, magn, the, pseudo, vid, vis, gen. Challenging Words: disparage, peripatetic, credence, embroil, tangible, magnanimous, monotheism, pseudonym, vis-à-vis, generic.
11. Word Parts: domin, dys, retro, medi, be, apt, prim, al, pot, ize. Challenging Words: domineering, dystrophy, retrograde, medieval, bereft, adaptation, primeval, colloquial, potable, ostracize.
12. Challenging Words: impeccable, ephemeral, garrulous, meticulous, nebulous, sagacious, specious, redundant, repudiate, viable.
13. Challenging Words: catharsis, dearth, guile, lethargy, affinity, affluence, dichotomy, enigma, banal, clandestine.
Challenging Words: alienation, collateral, deleterious, felicitous, hypothetical, immutable, aberration, impunity, gullible, trepidation.
15. Challenging Words: debacle, deprivation, epitome, fastidious, ubiquitous, garner, latent, ominous, pragmatic, placate.
16. Challenging Words: arduous, astute, blatant, covert, cull, decorum, enhance, deterrent, exonerate, inexorable.
17. Challenging Words: cogent, rationalize, sordid, eclectic, usurp, inundate, germane, perfunctory, acquiesce, nemesis.
18. Literary.
19. Oral Communication.
20. Psychology.
21. Sociology.
22. Social Science.
23. Business and Economics.
24. Mathematics.
25. Biological Sciences.
26. Physical Sciences.
27. Criminal Justice.
28. Medical.
Appendix A.
Appendix B.
Index for Word Parts.
Index for Challenging Words.
Index for Academic Terms.
Index for Bonus Words.
Index for Mastering Confusing Words.
Index for Idioms.

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