Expand Your Vocabulary: The Dynamic In-context Way

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A unique departure from current vocabulary-building texts, this book features word-choices in short excerpts (under 250 words each) from forty different writers and speakers, among them notables like Vicki Kemper, Vernon Jordan, Karen Armstrong, Dr. Benjamin Spock, Albert Shanker, Andrew Hacker, and Juliet Schor. Their topics range widely from 'World Population and Your Life' to 'Leadership for the Future'. The book is a practical and interesting way to study words in meaningful context rather than as isolated ...
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Overview

A unique departure from current vocabulary-building texts, this book features word-choices in short excerpts (under 250 words each) from forty different writers and speakers, among them notables like Vicki Kemper, Vernon Jordan, Karen Armstrong, Dr. Benjamin Spock, Albert Shanker, Andrew Hacker, and Juliet Schor. Their topics range widely from 'World Population and Your Life' to 'Leadership for the Future'. The book is a practical and interesting way to study words in meaningful context rather than as isolated entities. Another innovation is that each of the forty 'Days' is accompanied by a commentary, 'Language Uses and Abuses,' on how words are formed and how to check and improve language usages. Topics include Like as a Preposition and Like as a Verb; Get Lost, Hopefully; How Not to Make a Good Impression; Two Handy Latin Phrases; What's in a Name?; and Word-Surfing with the Greek. Then, based on the word-choices studied from a particular context-passage, each 'Day' closes with comprehension checks which include matching meanings, choosing synonyms, and choosing antonyms. And a final noteworthy feature: a sounds-of-speech pronunciation system so easy to understand that it makes the usual pronunciation key unnecessary.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761804628
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Ray Nadeau is Professor Emeritus of Communication at Purdue University.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgment
Communicating More Effectively
Word Sources
Day 1 Jeff Davidson, "World Population and Your Life" 1
Day 2 Norman F. Bates on Peter F. Drucker's "The Age of Social Transformation" 5
Day 3 Paul H. Robinson, "Moral Credibility and Crime" 9
Day 4 Stephen Bertman, "Cultural Amnesia" 13
Day 5 Jacket description of Neil Postman's: The End of Education 17
Day 6 George Will, "Balancing the National Budget" 21
Day 7 Amory B. Lovin and L. Hunter Davis, "Reinventing the Wheels" 25
Day 8 John Pearson, The Serpent and the Stag 29
Day 9 Karen Armstrong, A History of God 33
Day 10 Robert L. Carter, "The Criminal Justice System Is Infected with Racism" 37
Day 11 Victor J. Riley, Jr., "Moving Beyond Rhetoric" 41
Day 12 Robert P. Forrestal, "Inflation" 47
Day 13 Susuma Yoshida, "New Challenges for Japanese Companies" 51
Day 14 Warren Christopher, "American Foreign Policy" 55
Day 15 Vicki Kemper, "A Citizen for All Seasons" 61
Day 16 Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., "The Business Community and Government" 67
Day 17 Roger Schlickeisen, "Connecting with Wolves" 73
Day 18 Tom Rogers, "Turkey: Where East Meets West and Old Meets New" 79
Day 19 John F. Lewis, "The Choice and Voucher Debate: The Price of Democracy" 83
Day 20 Richard W. Riley, "Turning the Corner: From a Nation at Risk to a Nation with a Future" 89
Day 21 Samuel Hazo, "Fear of Feelings" 95
Day 22 Madeleine K. Albright, "The United States and the United Nations" 101
Day 23 Andrew R. Cecil, "Moral Values of Liberalism and Conservatism" 109
Day 24 Raymond W. Smith, "Advertising and the Interactive Age" 117
Day 25 James Q. Wilson, "What to Do About Crime" 123
Day 26 Peter Brimelow, Alien Nation 129
Day 27 Benjamin Schwarz, "The Diversity Myth, America's Leading Export" 135
Day 28 Dr. Benjamin M. Spock, A Better World for Our Children 143
Day 29 Benjamin H. Alexander, "The Importance of Education in Today's America" 149
Day 30 Richard L. Weaver II, "Leadership for the Future: Walking, Talking and Working Together" 155
Day 31 Edward O. Wilson, The Diversity of Life 161
Day 32 Ronald Steel, "The Domestic Core of Foreign Policy" 167
Day 33 Albert Shanker, "Restoring the Connection Between Behavior and Consequences" 173
Day 34 James V. Schall, "The Firefighters' Legacy: Duty and Sacrifice" 179
Day 35 Andrew Hacker, Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal 185
Day 36 Mortimer B. Zuckerman, "Beware the Adversary Culture" 191
Day 37 Juliet B. Schor, The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure 197
Day 38 Michael Klare, Rogue States and Nuclear Outlaws: America's Search for a New Foreign Policy 203
Day 39 Jean-Francois Revel, The Flight from Truth 209
Day 40 Jeffrey R. Beir, "Managing Creatives: Our Creative Workers Will Excel - If We Let Them" 217
Appendix A Comprehension Answers 223
Appendix B The Indo-European Family of Languages 239
Bibliography 241
Word Index 243
About the author 255
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