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Active Vocabulary, CourseSmart eTextbook, 5th Edition

By Amy E. Olsen

Published by Longman

Published Date: Jan 31, 2012

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Active Vocabulary supplements a reading text at the intermediate level and develops vocabulary for general and academic subjects through thematic readings, interactive exercises, and self-tests.


This visually appealing worktext introduces words in context and reinforces their meanings through self-tests, writing assignments, collaborative projects, and games. The chapters and exercises are “scaffolded” so that material presented in previous chapters is reinforced progressively as the student moves through the book. The exercises in Active Vocabulary stimulate different learning styles and encourage cross-referencing of the vocabulary words. Recognizing that today’s students are citizens of a visual culture, the fifth edition’s new “Word Visions” feature calls on students to apply their vocabulary skills in image-oriented contexts.

Table of Contents


To the Student       

Learning Objectives

Getting Started      

Parts of Speech    

Using the Dictionary

Completing Analogies

Benefits of Flash Cards and Word Maps          

Word Wise Features      

Part I General Words

Section I Student Life

          On Campus: Study Skills        

          Relationships: Dealing with People          

          Entertainment: Enjoying a Night Out       

          Word Parts I      

          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: Politics Overseas         

          18  Business: Making It on Your Own            

          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      



Create Your Own Flash Cards   

Make Your Own Word Maps      

Pronunciation Key: Inside Front Cover

Word List: Inside Back Cover

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Active Vocabulary, CourseSmart eTextbook, 5th Edition
Format: Safari Book

$14.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-205-21192-0