Focus on Vocabulary: Mastering the Academic Word List

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Focus on Vocabulary: Mastering the Academic Word List, by Diane Schmitt and Norbert Schmitt, is a research-based vocabulary textbook that gives high-intermediate to advanced students the advantage they need to succeed in academic environments. Through excerpts from college texts and well-crafted exercises, English learners study the Academic Word List -- the most frequently used words in academic texts. To help students reach a fuller understanding of the new vocabulary, each chapter provides a series of exercises on word meaning and word families. In addition, collocations exercises develop students' ability to form natural partnerships between the target vocabulary and other words. Features *Seven units focus on a variety of subject areas, such as social change, consumer behavior, natural resources, and music. *Each chapter carefully recycles the target vocabulary four times in reading passages and vocabulary-building exercises. *The collocation exercises -- based on the 179-million-word New Longman Corpus -- reflect how academic words are actually used in real contexts.
*Strategy Practice chapters offer tips for dictionary usage, information about word roots and affixes, and methods for expanding students' word knowledge. *An Expansion section at the end of each chapter provides additional reading, discussion, and writing activities that broaden students' understanding of vocabulary.
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  • Paperback | 255 pages
  • 205.74 x 269.24 x 12.7mm | 453.59g
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps, ports.
  • 0131833081
  • 9780131833081
  • 326,088

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"Focus on Vocabulary: Mastering the Academic Word List," by Diane Schmitt and Norbert Schmitt, is a research-based vocabulary textbook that gives high-intermediate to advanced students the advantage they need to succeed in academic environments. Through excerpts from college texts and well-crafted exercises, English learners study the Academic Word List -- the most frequently used words in academic texts. To help students reach a fuller understanding of the new vocabulary, each chapter provides a series of exercises on word meaning and word families. In addition, collocations exercises develop students' ability to form natural partnerships between the target vocabulary and other words.Features Seven units focus on a variety of subject areas, such as social change, consumer behavior, natural resources, and music. Each chapter carefully recycles the target vocabulary four times in reading passages and vocabulary-building exercises. The collocation exercises -- based on the 179-million-word New Longman Corpus -- reflect how academic words are actually used in real contexts. Strategy Practice chapters offer tips for dictionary usage, information about word roots and affixes, and methods for expanding students' word knowledge. An Expansion section at the end of each chapter provides additional reading, discussion, and writing activities that broaden students' understanding of vocabulary.
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Table of contents

Unit 1 Our Changing Society



Chapter 1: Technology and Society

Reading: Human Societies-From the Iceman to Us



Chapter 2: Social Experience and Personal Development

Reading: Social Forces That Shape Our Lives

Reading: Emotions in Global Perspective: Do Well All Feel the Same?



Chapter 3: The Changing Nature of the Family

Reading: Family Structure



Chapter 4: Strategy Practice





Unit 2 Consumer Behavior and Marketing



Chapter 5: Influencing the Consumer

Reading: Marketing's Impact on Consumers



Chapter 6: Who Buys What? The Family's Influence

Reading: Consumer Socialization of Family Members

Reading: Different Views on Purchasing Behavior



Chapter 7: How We See Ourselves

Reading: How Perspectives on the Self Influence Consumer Behavior



Chapter 8: Strategy Practice





Unit 3 Workplaces and Work Spaces



Chapter 9: How Office Space Affects Behavior

Reading: Work Space Design



Chapter 10: The Modern Office: Symbols of Status

Reading: The Meaning of the Chair

Reading: Office Designs That Work



Chapter 11: Sitting Comfortably

Reading: The Ergonomics of Sitting



Chapter 12: Strategy Practice





Unit 4 Use and Abuse of Natural Resources



Chapter 13: Water for Sale

Reading: Exploding Sales for Bottled Water



Chapter 14: The Aral Sea-An Environmental Disaster

Reading: The Dying Lake

Reading: Creating More Fresh Water Through Desalination



Chapter 15: International Conflict over Natural Resources

Reading: Water Politics in the Middle East and North Africa



Chapter 16: Strategy Practice





Unit 5 We Are What We Eat



Chapter 17: Food Roots and Foodways

Reading: Food Habits and Beliefs



Chapter 18: Getting Back to Nature

Reading: Organic Farming Versus Traditional Farming Methods

Reading: Genetically Modified Foods



Chapter 19: Microorganisms: The Spice of Life?

Reading: Food Microbiology



Chapter 20: Strategy Practice





Unit 6 Encounters with Music and Sound



Chapter 21: Music and Social Conscience

Reading: Opposing War Through Music: Classical and Modern Examples



Chapter 22: Noise Hurts

Reading: Noise Pollution

Reading: The Science of Sound



Chapter 23: Ultrasonics: Super Sound?

Reading: Ultrasonics



Chapter 24: Strategy Practice





Unit 7 Animal Nature



Chapter 25: Endangered Elephants

Reading: Saving the African Elephant: Using International Law and Trade



Chapter 26: Animals: How Human?

Reading: Chimpanzees: Our Closest Relative

Reading: Kanzi: A Case Study of Ape Language Development



Chapter 27: Living Together: Advantage or Disadvantage

Reading: The Costs and Benefits of Social Behavior



Chapter 28: Strategy Practice



Index of Academic Words



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About Diane Schmitt

Diane Schmitt began teaching English in Japan and currently lives and teaches in the United Kingdom. She is Academic Team Leader for EFL/TESOL at Nottingham Trent University, where she coordinates all English language instruction at the university. She also contributes to the master's program in English Language Teaching. Her research interests include issues related to the acquisition of English for academic purposes and second-language testing. She is a regular contributor to English teaching conferences.



Norbert Schmitt began his EFL teaching career in Japan, where he taught all levels of students for six years. After completing his Ph.D., he began lecturing at the University of Nottingham, where he is currently Reader of Applied Linguistics and Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics. He is an active researcher in all aspects of second-language vocabulary studies and has published several books and numerous research papers in this area. He frequently presents at language-teaching conferences and consults on vocabulary learning and testing issues internationally.
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