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Online Class: Vocabulary Building

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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.

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  • Self-Paced
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  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • Android & iOS Friendly
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Course Lessons

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  • Introduction

    An introduction to the course and an explanation of what will be required for lessons and assignments.
  • Lesson 2: Read, Read, and Read

    The quickest way to expand your vocabulary is to read.
  • Lesson 3: Synonyms

    We'll focus on a review of words that have similar meanings.
  • Lesson 4: Synonyms Continued

    More work on synonyms.
  • Lesson 5: Homonyms and Homographs

    Pairs that are often confused, and how to keep them straight.
  • Lesson 6: Words of Foreign Origin

    Words from other countries that English has "borrowed."
  • Lesson 7: Misleading Words

    Words that don't mean what they sound like, or words that sound like other words.
  • Lesson 8: Power Words

    Power words are words that can evoke an emotional response when they are read or heard.
  • Lesson 9: Knowing Antonyms

    Knowing the antonym of a word will increase your ability to understand and remember the word.
  • Lesson 10: Verbal Analogies

    Testing your knowledge of words with verbal analogies.
  • Lesson 11: More Vocabulary-Building Exercises

    Various vocabulary exercises

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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

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.
  • Summarize vocabulary building exercises to use daily, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Introduction Assignment 1Assignment1
Assignment for Lesson 2Assignment10
Word ContextExam75
Lesson 3 Assignment: SynonymsAssignment20
Finding SynonymsExam95
Lesson 4 Assignment A: Synonym Fill in the BlanksAssignment12
Lesson 4 Assignment B: More SynonymsAssignment25
Synonyms ContinuedExam60
Lesson 5 Assignment: Homonym WritingAssignment25
Homonym QuestionsExam50
More Practice with HomonymsExam60
Lesson 6 Assignment: Foreign PhrasesAssignment25
Using Terms of Foreign OriginExam50
Lesson 7 Assignment: Misleading WordsAssignment10
Misleading Words ExamExam55
Lesson 8 Assignment: Power WordsAssignment25
Power Words ExamExam45
Lesson 9 Assignment: AntonymsAssignment10
Antonyms (Opposites)Exam11
Verbal Analogies ExamExam5
More Verbal AnalogiesExam50
Lesson 11 Assignment AAssignment20
Lesson 11 Assignment B: Final WritingAssignment20
More Practice- Quiz 11Exam70
Additional Vocabulary Words - Quiz 11Exam50
Total Points:879

Student Testimonials

  • "Enjoyed the course! The class was very helpful, I really loved improving my vocabulary...Thank God that I had six months to complete the course because I became ill during the time that I was register." -- Lillian J.
  • "All of it was helpful!" -- Sharon J.
  • "The instructor was excellent. She was thorough and prompt. She contributed a real human touch to this computerized classwork." -- Gretchen T.
  • "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.
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