GRE Contextual Vocabulary

GRE Contextual Vocabulary

by Ken Springer

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ISBN-13: 9780738609034
Publisher: Research & Education Association
Publication date: 09/30/2011
Series: GRE Test Preparation
Edition description: First
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,258,010
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dr. Ken Springer is a professor of education at Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Springer is active in both teaching and research, with more than 60 scientific publications and presentations to his credit. Since 2010 he has authored or co-authored the following books: Educational Research: A Contextual Approach and TExES: Generalist EC-6. His recent work in English-language skill instruction includes co-authorship of REA’s CLEP College Composition Exams, published in 2011.

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What This Book Is About

This book is designed to improve your vocabulary. The focus is on the advanced vocabulary you will need for the GRE revised General Test. Having a well-developed vocabulary is useful in many settings and especially critical to successful performance on the GRE. In particular, the Verbal Reasoning section relies heavily on an understanding of advanced vocabulary.

The quality of your responses to the Analytical Writing prompts depends in part on your knowing vocabulary that allows you to express your ideas clearly.

We use a contextual approach to teach vocabulary. This approach does not rely on conventional flash-card methods. Rather, words are introduced in meaningful contexts—i.e., in passages, most of which consist of brief narratives. Numerous exercises, activities, and puzzles are provided in order to reinforce your understanding of the words. Through this approach, learning new words should be fun rather than just being limited to the use of flashcards and drills.

Outline of the Book

The book consists of six chapters:

Chapters 1 and 2 provide context-based vocabulary instruction, along with exercises, activities, and games.

Chapter 3 consists of challenging crossword puzzles that test your understanding of what you learned in Chapters 1 and 2.

Chapter 4 introduces strategies and resources you can use to build your vocabulary further.

Chapter 5 presents a brief introduction to the GRE Verbal Reasoning section.

Chapter 6 describes strategies that will help you do your best on the GRE Verbal Reasoning section.

Guide to the First Two Chapters

Following is some information that will be helpful as you read Chapters 1 and 2—the chapters that provide instruction, and are the longest chapters in the book.

Chapters 1 and 2 consist of 12 units apiece. Each unit begins with a story in which advanced vocabulary words are underlined. You will be asked to guess the meanings of these words, and the meanings will then be provided.

Next you will work through a series of exercises, activities, and games that reinforce and test your understanding of the new words. These exercises and so on consist of matching, fill-in-the-blanks, puzzles, and more.

In Chapters 1 and 2, every third unit will consist of a review that provides additional exercises, activities, and games that cover what you learned in the previous two units. Most of the review units will also introduce one or two new words. Answers to all of the exercises, activities, and games in the main units and review units are provided at the end of each chapter.

Table of Contents

About the Author
Overview: What This Book Is About
About Research & Education Association
REA Acknowledgments

CHAPTER 1: Vocabulary Building 1: Exercises, Activities, Games
Unit 1
Unit 2
Review: Units 1 & 2
Unit 3
Unit 4
Review: Units 3 & 4 
Unit 5
Unit 6
Review: Units 5 & 6
Unit 7
Unit 8
Review: Units 7 & 8
Unit 9
Unit 10
Review: Units 9 & 10
Unit 11
Unit 12
Review: Units 11 & 12
Answer Key: Chapter 1

CHAPTER 2: Vocabulary Building 2: Exercises, Activities, Games
Unit 1
Unit 2
Review: Units 1 & 2
Unit 3
Unit 4
Review: Units 3 & 4
Unit 5
Unit 6
Review: Units 5 & 6
Unit 7
Unit 8
Review: Units 7 & 8
Unit 9
Unit 10
Review: Units 9 & 10
Unit 11
Unit 12
Review: Units 11 & 12
Answer Key: Chapter 2

CHAPTER 3: Vocabulary Building: Crossword Puzzles
Crossword Puzzle #1
Crossword Puzzle #2
Crossword Puzzle #3
Crossword Puzzle #4
Crossword Puzzle #5
Answers to Crossword Puzzles

CHAPTER 4: Vocabulary Building: Strategies and Resources
Expanding Your Vocabulary Horizons
Grammatical Cues

CHAPTER 5: GRE Verbal Reasoning: A Quick Introduction
Verbal Reasoning at a Glance
Examples of Question Types

CHAPTER 6: GRE Verbal Reasoning: Strategies for Success
General Strategies
Reading comprehension Strategies
Text completion Strategies
Sentence equivalence Strategies
Index of Key GRE Terms

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