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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
: “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.”
“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.”
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Online Test Bank
Available on the Instructor Companion Website, this supplement contains thirteen tests, including a pretest and comprehensive test to measure student progress.