Vocabulary & Spelling Success in 20 Minutes a Day (Skill Builders) by LearningExpress
A good vocabulary is essential to succeeding on tests, in class, or on the job. This self-paced tutorial consists of 20 lessons and numerous practice exercises created specifically to give readers a thorough grounding in every facet of a strong vocabulary, including pronunciation, spelling, context, definitions, word parts, denotation and connotation, synonyms, and antonyms. The book begins with a pretest to diagnose students’ word knowledge and ends with a posttest that shows how much they’ve learned. A bonus appendix provides valuable study tips to help improve retention of new words.
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The words we use to communicate every day are important in every aspect of our lives. From relaxing, to working, to studying, to taking tests, we use words to share with others how we feel, what we think, and why we think that way. Without words, it is diffi cult to express our ideas to the rest of the world.
The more words we know—the larger our vocabulary—the more clearly we can communicate with others. Our vocabularies reveal our knowledge to the world; therefore, a person with a large vocabulary has the advantage of self-expression.
This book will help you learn the words you need to know to successfully express yourself in school, work, and your personal life. The words in this book have been carefully chosen to help you learn what you need to know to pass any test—from standardized tests, to civil service tests, to college entrance exams, and to professional job interviews—and continue to build your vocabulary, even after you have fi nished using this book.
In each of the following chapters, you will complete practice exercises that have been created specifi cally to help you understand words inside out. You will learn pronunciation, spelling, context, defi nitions, word parts, denotation and connotation, synonyms, and antonyms. The word lists are grouped into categories, so you will be able to associate them with like words and remember them more easily. There is also a crossword puzzle at the beginning of chapters 4–18 to introduce you to the new words before you begin to work on the practice exercises.
Then, you can take the Posttest at the end of the book and gauge how much you’ve really learned about words and how you have improved your vocabulary.