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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.

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Course Lessons

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An introduction to the course and an explanation of what will be required for lessons and assignments. 1 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation; Most Looked-Up Words in 2012
  • Take Poll: Why are you taking a vocabulary course
  • Complete: Introduction Assignment 1

Lesson 2: Read, Read, and Read

The quickest way to expand your vocabulary is to read. 85 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Lists of English Words of Foreign Origin; Word of the Day Emails
  • Take Poll: New words in literature
  • Complete: Assignment for Lesson 2
  • Complete Exam: Word Context

Lesson 3: Synonyms

We'll focus on a review of words that have similar meanings. 115 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7006.pdf
  • Review 2 Articles: Thesaurus; Examples of Synonyms
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment: Synonyms
  • Complete Exam: Finding Synonyms

Lesson 4: Synonyms Continued

More work on synonyms. 97 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7007.pdf
  • Review 3 Articles: Synonym Game; Synonyms and Antonyms; Examples of Synonyms
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment A: Synonym Fill in the Blanks
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment B: More Synonyms
  • Complete Exam: Synonyms Continued

Lesson 5: Homonyms and Homographs

Pairs that are often confused, and how to keep them straight. 135 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7008.pdf
  • Review 3 Articles: Common Misused Words; Homonyms and Homophones; Thesaurus
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment: Homonym Writing
  • Complete Exam: Homonym Questions
  • Complete Exam: More Practice with Homonyms

Lesson 6: Words of Foreign Origin

Words from other countries that English has "borrowed." 75 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7009.pdf
  • Review 3 Articles: Lists of English Words of Foreign Origin; Foreign Words and Phrases; SAT Vocabulary Words
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment: Foreign Phrases
  • Complete Exam: Using Terms of Foreign Origin

Lesson 7: Misleading Words

Words that don't mean what they sound like, or words that sound like other words. 65 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7010.pdf
  • Review 4 Articles: Common Misspelled Words; Crosswords; Vocabulary, punctuation, grammar quizzes; Mizzled!
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment: Misleading Words
  • Complete: Misleading Words Exam

Lesson 8: Power Words

Power words are words that can evoke an emotional response when they are read or heard. 70 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: edHelper.com; Vocabulary.com; 30 Power Words To Activate Intention Setting
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment: Power Words
  • Complete: Power Words Exam

Lesson 9: Knowing Antonyms

Knowing the antonym of a word will increase your ability to understand and remember the word. 21 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7012.pdf
  • Review 4 Articles: Antonym.com; Common Misused Words; edHelper.com; Antonyms
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment: Antonyms
  • Complete Exam: Antonyms (Opposites)

Lesson 10: Verbal Analogies

Testing your knowledge of words with verbal analogies. 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Analogy of the Day; Verbal Analogies
  • Take Poll: Which is more difficult for you?
  • Complete: Verbal Analogies Exam
  • Complete Exam: More Verbal Analogies

Lesson 11: More Vocabulary-Building Exercises

Various vocabulary exercises 160 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Grammar; Tips on Increasing Your Vocabulary; Word of the Day Emails
  • Take Poll: End of Course Poll
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment B: Final Writing
  • Complete: More Practice- Quiz 11
  • Complete: Additional Vocabulary Words - Quiz 11
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Course Title: Vocabulary Building
Course Number: 7550415
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Daphnee St.Val
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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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.

Student Testimonials

  • "I found the lessons to be very helpful. I really enjoyed this Instuctor, she was very nice and extremly helpful." -- Kellie R.
  • "I really enjoyed being able to print the text and read it at my leisure." -- Juree H.
  • "The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and like I said got back to me almost immediately." -- Donna N.
  • "My instructor was EXCELLENT! She also was instructive, patient, and encouraging during this course. All parts of course were helpful, I have an increased knowledge and awareness of words when reading or writing." -- Helen M.
  • "The instructor was very helpful, encouraging, and positive." -- James L.
  • "I enjoyed all parts of the course. It was nice to have web links for all of the lessons." -- Josephine C.
  • "I am doing the Grammar Course online and hope to do the Proofreading course; so I needed to expand my word use. The course was easy to follow and the assignments fun and educational." -- Gemma C.
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