SECTION 1: TOOLS FOR BUILDING WORD POWER13
Lesson 1: Why Work on Your Vocabulary?15
•Five important reasons to improve your vocabulary•Sample questions to measure your strengths and weaknesses•Set goals for increasing your word power
Lesson 2: Tools and Techniques for Learning New Words21
•Useful resources for vocabulary building•Which dictionary should you use?•Why you should keep a personal word book •Beware the dangerous thesaurus!
Lesson 3: Use a Word’s Context to Figure Out Its Meaning27
•How to ﬁgure out a word’s meaning without a dictionary•New words: Use them or lose them!
Lesson 4: Create Meaning from Connotations35
•Learn how a single word can have many meanings•Mean what you say
Lesson 5: Understanding Word Parts43
•Learn how to take words apart to ﬁgure out their meanings•Common preﬁxes and sufﬁxes to build your word power