Online Class: Vocabulary Building
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.
Communication is how we use words to interact with each other. In order to become a successful communicator and to get ahead in life, you probably need to improve your vocabulary to sound composed and professional. Having the proper vocabulary makes you sound smarter and feel more assured, because the ability to say exactly what you mean, using and pronouncing essential words correctly, gives you power and status.
This online course will tackle "learning new words" a little differently. We'll be working on some "essential" words (this is not an advanced vocabulary course). The words will not be obscure. They will be words you'll hear or read daily and are expected to know the meaning of, and to use in your everyday conversation. They'll be words you're slightly familiar with, but can't quite use in everyday conversation. You can figure them out in "context," but on a test without other cues, you might draw a blank. Experts agree that you don't really acquire a word until you come across it three times.
- Strengthening your writing skills
- Improving your public speaking presence
- You’ll sound smarter
- Your confidence will soar
- Your horizons will be broadened
- A middle to high school reading level (with a real comfort with the English language)
- Access to a hard copy dictionary and thesaurus (You don't even have to buy one--you can check them out from your local library)
- To learn nearly 200 new words or phrases
- To unearth the secret of reading in context
- To know and use the words both in general conversation and in written sentences
- To establish a pattern of memorizing any new words you’ll come across
- Increasing your confidence and comfort level when using new words for the first few times
Over the course of an introduction and 10 self-paced, self-contained lessons:
Lesson 1: Read, Read & Read
Lesson 2: Synonyms
Lesson 3: Synonyms continued
Lesson 4: Homonyms, Homophones & Homographs
Lesson 5: Words of Foreign Origin
Lesson 6: Misleading Words
Lesson 7: Power Words
Lesson 8: Knowing Antonyms
Lesson 9: Verbal Analogies
- You can gain respect in your social circle
- You’ll encourage your intellectual development
- You’ll develop your personality
- You’ll increase your skill at influencing people
- You’ll enjoy clearer thinking and reading
- And it can help your put your career on the fast-track!
Unlike many classes,
IntroductionAn introduction to the course and an explanation of what will be required for lessons and assignments.
Lesson 2: Read, Read, and ReadThe quickest way to expand your vocabulary is to read.
Lesson 3: SynonymsWe'll focus on a review of words that have similar meanings.
Lesson 4: Synonyms ContinuedMore work on synonyms.
Lesson 5: Homonyms and HomographsPairs that are often confused, and how to keep them straight.
Lesson 6: Words of Foreign OriginWords from other countries that English has "borrowed."
Lesson 7: Misleading WordsWords that don't mean what they sound like, or words that sound like other words.
Lesson 8: Power WordsPower words are words that can evoke an emotional response when they are read or heard.
Lesson 9: Knowing AntonymsKnowing the antonym of a word will increase your ability to understand and remember the word.
Lesson 10: Verbal AnalogiesTesting your knowledge of words with verbal analogies.
Lesson 11: More Vocabulary-Building ExercisesVarious vocabulary exercises
- 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.
- Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Additional Course Information
- Document Your Lifelong Learning Achievements
- Earn an Official Certificate Documenting Course Hours and CEUs
- Verify Your Certificate with a Unique Serial Number Online
- View and Share Your Certificate Online or Download/Print as PDF
- Display Your Certificate on Your Resume and Promote Your Achievements Using Social Media
- "I really enjoyed this course. It was my first vocabulary course and I was really impressed with everything I learned." -- Erika S.
- "The instructor was great. I could ask for no better. She was fair, insightful, intelligent, she often gave comments that helped me and was very inspirational. She is a wonderful instructor and I would be delighted to have her as an instructor again." -- Lori D.
- "All of it was helpful!" -- Sharon J.
- "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.
- "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.
- "The instructor was very helpful, encouraging, and positive." -- James L.
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