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Building Academic Vocabulary

Lawrence J. Zwier (author)

ISBN: 9780472085897

Publication Date: May 2002

Format: Paperback

This is a course book for students who have insufficient vocabulary for completing tertiary courses. It helps students develop lexical precision. Each unit focuses on 10-15 key vocabulary items, and highlights 20-25 additional vocabulary items that provide a broader level of learning.

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Building Academic Vocabulary was written because English for Academic Purposes (EAP) students often complain that they don't have the vocabularies they need for college courses. Building Academic Vocabulary will help students develop lexical precision as they work in such often exercised modes as cause-effect, general description, description of processes, or comparison/contrast. Each unit focuses on 10-15 key vocabulary items within a certain essential meaning area. Each unit also highlights–and lightly exercises–20-25 additional vocabulary items that provide a broader and more diverse second level of learning. The nine meaning areas addressed were carefully selected for their usefulness in the writing and speaking most common in EAP classes. Similarly, the comments about usage and syntactic restrictions in the text have been referenced to two widely used corpora.

Building Academic Vocabulary is usable as either a self-study tool for advanced students (or professionals eager to refine their English) or as a course book. It makes an excellent supplement to a course or text that focuses on rhetorical modes, either reading or writing.
Illustrations illustrations
Pages 243
Date Published 31 May 2002
Publisher Michigan ELT
Series Michigan Series in English for Academic & Professional Purposes
Subject/s Study & learning skills: general   ELT: English for academic purposes   ELT: learning material & coursework   ELT vocabulary  

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