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Course Description

Are you interested in building your vocabulary? Do you feel that your writing or your speaking vocabulary is below average? The purpose of "Vocabulary Building" is to beef up your everyday vocabulary with words that you could use in everyday conversation.
A strong vocabulary will not only give you the tools to say and write exactly what you mean it can also help you on a job interview, communicate better with a doctor or your lawyer and certainly help you with school work. A good vocabulary makes you sound smarter, feel more assured and practically guarantees you'll be a better writer and speaker. The purpose of this vocabulary class is to beef up your everyday vocabulary with words that you could use in everyday conversation.
The larger our vocabularies the more clearly we can communicate with others and understand what others are trying to communicate to us. This course will introduce some simple ways to learn new vocabulary words by practicing reading in context, by writing sentences using the words and by doing practice exercises and quizzes.


The class is not a beginning or advanced vocabulary course.  It's that "in between" course where so many people's vocabulary skills fit.  So if you're interested in expanding your vocabulary skills in a self-paced, no stress format where an instructor actually reviews and corrects your sentence writing, why not give it a try?   Enrich your life by enriching your vocabulary.

Course Requirements

There are two requirements for this course:

1. Students should have a middle school to high school reading level. This is not a course for those just beginning to learn English.

2. Students will need a paper dictionary and thesaurus. If you don't own a set , check one out at your local library or buy one at a bookstore or used bookstore.

Course Goals

The course objective is clear- increase your vocabulary by almost 200 words or phrases plus learn how to assimilate new words by learning to read in context. Be able to understand and use the words in a written sentence or in general conversation. Establish a pattern of committing interesting words to memory and feel more comfortable using the new words.

Course Materials

All reading materials are provided in the class lessons and through the NetLinks.

Grading Policy

The course has an Introduction and 10 lessons. There are points for assignments and quizzes and class participation in forums (discussions). A percentage grade will be given based on point accumulation.

Lesson Topics

Lesson 1: Read, Read and Read
Lesson 2: Synonyms
Lesson 3: Synonyms Continued
Lesson 4: Homonyms, Homophones, and Homographs
Lesson 5: Words of Foreign Origin
Lesson 6: Misleading Words
Lesson 7: Power Words
Lesson 8: Knowing Antonyms
Lesson 9: Verbal Analogies
Lesson 10: More Vocabulary Building Exercises

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the best practices to build vocabulary.
  • Define and use synonyms.
  • Define and use homonyms and homographs.
  • Define and use words of foreign origin.
  • Recognize misleading words.
  • Define and use power words.
  • Define and use antonyms.
  • Define and use verbal analogies.
  • Know vocabulary building exercises to use daily, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Introduction Assignment 11
Assignment for Lesson 210
Word Context75
Lesson 3 Assignment: Synonyms20
Finding Synonyms95
Lesson 4 Assignment A: Synonym Fill in the Blanks12
Lesson 4 Assignment B: More Synonyms25
Synonyms Continued60
Lesson 5 Assignment: Homonym Writing25
Homonym Questions50
More Practice with Homonyms60
Lesson 6 Assignment: Foreign Phrases25
Using Terms of Foreign Origin50
Lesson 7 Assignment: Misleading Words10
Misleading Words Exam55
Lesson 8 Assignment: Power Words25
Power Words Exam45
Lesson 9 Assignment: Antonyms10
Antonyms (Opposites)11
Verbal Analogies Exam5
More Verbal Analogies50
Lesson 11 Assignment A20
Lesson 11 Assignment B: Final Writing20
More Practice- Quiz 1170
Additional Vocabulary Words - Quiz 1150
Total Points:879

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