Active Vocabulary (6e) : 9780134119694

Active Vocabulary (6e)

Olsen
 
Edition
 
6
ISBN
 
9780134119694
ISBN 10
 
013411969X
Published
 
05/01/2016
Published by
 
Pearson Higher Ed USA
Pages
 
192
Format
 
Available on demand
 
Title type
Book
$52.99
 
 
 
Description

Active Vocabulary makes the study of vocabulary improvement interactive and enjoyable. Through thematic readings, self-tests, and interactive exercises, students can apply their skills to writing, personal experience, art, and many other formats that generate excitement about improving their vocabularies. Each activity plays on individual learning styles to help students learn new words in a large number of contexts.

 

The 6th Edition retains the book’s strong visual appeal, as well as its philosophy that an essential part of learning vocabulary is repeated exposure to a word. As a result, it provides eight to ten exposures to each vocabulary word throughout the text, plus additional instances in the review section and activities throughout the book. With new readings and additional words, this edition of Active Vocabulary offers greater exposure to a more diverse wordbase than ever before.

 

Table of contents
  • PART I: GENERAL WORDS
  • SECTION I: Student Life
  • 1. On Campus: Study Skills
  • 2. Relationships: Solving Conflicts
  • 3. Entertainment: Enjoying a Night Out
  • 4. Word Parts I
  • 5. Review: Focus on Chapters 1—4
  • SECTION II: Reading for Pleasure
  • 6. Science Fiction: The Silent Stars
  • 7. Romance: A Knock on the Door
  • 8. Mystery: Missing from the Mound
  • 9. Word Parts II
  • 10. Review: Focus on Chapters 6—9
  • PART II: ACADEMIC WORDS
  • 11. Education: Creating Readers
  • 12. Environmental Science: Endangered Animals
  • 13. Computer Science: Internet Scams
  • 14. Word Parts III
  • 15. Review: Focus on Chapters 11—14
  • 16. English: Writing Tips
  • 17. Political Science: Local Politics
  • 18. Sports Medicine: Avoiding Injuries
  • 19. Review: Focus on Chapters 16—18
  • 20. Nutrition: Healthy Eating
  • 21. City Planning: Public Input
  • 22. Psychology: FAQs on Growing Up
  • 23. Career Development: Resume Building
  • 24. Review: Focus on Chapters 20—23
  • Glossary
  • Create Your Own Flash Cards
  • Make Your Own Word Maps
  • Word Reactions
  • Word List
New to this edition
  • New Word Reactions activity instructs students to make lists of vocabulary words in different categories: words students like, words they find useful, or words they find especially difficult to pronounce. Students also have an opportunity to create their own category. The activity gets students to think about different aspects of a word and their feelings towards it, and thus connect more effectively with their vocabulary.
  • Three new and two updated readings, as well as fourteen new words have been added to the text.
  • Updated Conversation Starters offer new topics that give students the opportunity to start using vocabulary words from one chapter or for another section and in casual, oral settings.
  • Updated Using the Dictionary section has been updated with a new Guide Words Practice exercise, and the section on using dictionary entries includes new information on dividing words into syllables.
  • Updated Completing Analogies section has an updated matching and fill-in-the-blank exercise. 


Also available with MyReadingLab™
MyReadingLab is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program designed to work with this text to engage students and improve results. Within its structured environment, students practice what they learn, test their understanding, and pursue a personalized study plan that helps them develop their reading skills and promotes transference of those skills to college-level work. Full-length readings and assignments from the text are available in the eText version of MyReadingLab, strengthening the connection between the classroom and work done outside of class.

 

Features & benefits
Engaging activities to enhance vocabulary
  • NEW! Word Reactions activity instructs students to make lists of vocabulary words in different categories: words students like, words they find useful, or words they find especially difficult to pronounce. Students also have an opportunity to create their own category. The activity gets students to think about different aspects of a word and their feelings towards it, and thus connect with their vocabulary better.
  • UPDATED! Conversation Starters offer new topics that give students the opportunity to start using vocabulary words from one chapter or for another section and in casual, oral settings.
  • UPDATED! Using the Dictionary section has been updated with a new Guide Words Practice exercise, and the section on using dictionary entries includes new information on dividing words into syllables.
  • Predicting Activities on the second page of each chapter allows students the opportunity to discern the meaning of a vocabulary word before looking at its definition to emphasise the value of context clues while reading.
  • UPDATED! Completing Analogies section has an updated matching and fill-in-the-blank exercise.  
  • Word Wise sections include six types of activities that teach students skills for vocabulary expression:
    • Internet Activities
    • Context Clue Mini-Lessons
    • Collocations
    • Word Pairs
    • Connotations and Denotations
    • Interesting Etymologies
  • Getting Started chapter familiarises readers at the outset with the book’s learning objectives, dictionary entries, parts of speech, and analogy exercises. It also discusses the benefits of using flashcards and word maps.

 

Thematically organised academic readings

  • NEW and UPDATED! Three new and two updated readings, as well as fourteen new words have been added to the text.
  • Thematic Readings at the beginning of each chapter introduce ten new vocabulary words in context in a variety of formats, from worksheets to essays, to show students that new words can appear anywhere. Students have the opportunity to discover the meaning of these words via context clues rather than direct definitions.
  • Vocabulary Words are chosen from disciplines that most students will encounter during their academic careers to relate the text to students’ lives.

Ample practice and opportunities for application

  • Self-Tests in various formats include text and sentence completion, true/false situations, matching, and analogy exercises that allow students to practice critical thinking skills and monitor their learning.
  • Word Visions allow students to connect vocabulary words to visuals as part of self-tests or interactive exercises.
  • Interactive Exercises give students the chance to really think about the meaning of words and encourage them to start using them actively through writing, making lists, or answering questions.
  • Word Part Reminders are exercises that allow students to use the word parts they’ve learned in the chapter.
  • Review Chapters appear five times throughout the text and focus on the preceding four chapters. Each chapter divides words into different activity groups and test students’ cumulative knowledge of the text. Words appear in test, written, visual, puzzle, and collaborative formats.
  • Make Your Own Word Maps section teaches students to make word maps that focus on learning the definition, synonyms, and antonyms for a word.


Author biography

Amy E. Olsen grew up in a book-loving household in San Diego, California. While in elementary school, she and her brother competed to read the most books during the library’s summer-reading program, and whenever there was a question about a topic at the dinner table, a set of encyclopedias was within an arm’s reach. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English from San Diego State University. She has taught a variety of courses including reading, composition, film, and literature in traditional and online classrooms. Her interests include traveling, hiking, bicycling, reading, gardening, taking photographs, and watching movies. She enjoys combining these hobbies while exploring the world; she has visited every continent and dreams of eventually traveling to every country. She has written four textbooks: Reading NowInteractive VocabularyActive Vocabulary, and Academic Vocabulary. The three vocabulary books came out in sixth editions in 2016.