Improving Vocabulary Skills, 4/e, with Vocabulary Plus
The most widely-used book in the series, this intermediate-level text is often used in the core developmental reading course offered at most colleges. It teaches 260 essential words and 40 common word parts, PLUS it includes a 10-month subsciption to Vocabulary Plus!
This textbook comes bundled with a 10-month subscription to Vocabulary Plus, a powerful online vocabulary-building program that brings ALL the content of our famously clear, user-friendly Vocabulary Series directly to your tablet, smartphone, or computer.
Independent Study (VPi): A user-friendly, adaptive mode of Vocabulary Plus that individually assesses students and manages assignments. Suitable for classes and/or individual students, VPi dynamically adjusts difficulty to keep students challenged and motivated. And it rewards them too! Plus educators can view students' progress with a simple click. Learn more about VPi here.
Integrated eBooks: A subscription to Vocabulary Plus includes eBooks of all six texts in the TP Vocabulary Series. If you prefer the layout of a book and want to refer to content of a specific page, you can do so with a click. With Vocabulary Plus, the entire Vocabulary Series is at your fingertips!
Expanded Chapter Exercises for the six books in our Vocabulary Series. Depending on the titles, this includes anywhere from 6–8 interactive, instructive activities! Each includes item-specific feedback that helps students learn their new words.
Word Parts Chapters that teach prefixes, suffixes, and word roots. Students who learn these word parts will be better equipped to decipher the meanings of thousands of other words in which they appear.
Unit Reviews including crossword puzzles, analogies, and synonym and antonym activities adapted from the printed books.
Sentence Writing Activities, all new for Vocabulary Plus, allow students to compose sentences online to show their understanding of newly-learned words. Instructors can easily review and score these sentences online.
Online Tests: Two online tests, unique to the web and not found in our texts, are available for each chapter in Vocabulary Plus. With these tests, Vocabulary Plus actually offers more content than our books!
Enhanced Items: Items in Vocabulary Plus take advantage of new, upgraded technical capabilities. Sentence Check 2 and Final Check, for example, now offer more challenging answer choices. In addition, Vocabulary in Context items now provide students with two context sentences to help them infer each word’s meaning at the start of the chapter.
Review Words: Words taught in earlier chapters are reinforced later as Vocabulary Review words. These words include definitions to refresh students’ memories and help them retain the words they learned in previous chapters. In addition, SAT and GRE high-frequency words are given extra attention—an added real-world connection!
Audio and Visual Support: Each vocabulary word in Vocabulary Plus includes a pronunciation guide AND an audio link of the word being spoken. Click a word, and Vocabulary Plus will pronounce it for you. In addition, pictures are used to introduce many words. This visual context helps students better understand and remember vocabulary words. See for yourself!
Intuitive Controls: People who use our Learning Center remark about how user-friendly it is. Vocabulary Plus is just as simple to use. Try it today!
Detailed Score Reports: Teachers using Vocabulary Plus will be able to view precise details about student progress. Individual and group results are available and easily exported. In addition, you’ll be able to see the actual items students complete, the correct answers for each item (with explanations), and the answer choices students submitted. This useful data will allow you to focus class time on the specific skills that are challenging to your students.
An Intensive Words-in-Context Approach. Studies show that students learn words best by seeing them repeatedly in different contexts, not through rote memorization. The books present each word in at least ten different contexts. Every encounter increases the chance that a word will become part of a student's permanent word bank.
Abundant Practice. In addition to the extensive practice in each chapter, there are unit tests and a crossword puzzle review. Moreover, most chapters repeat words from earlier chapters, allowing for even more reinforcement. And there are added tests in the Test Bank and the Online Learning Center. All this practice means that students learn in the best possible way: by working closely and repeatedly with each word.
Appealing Content. Dull practice materials work against learning. The lively content and clear and friendly style of the books make learning easier for students.
Emphasis on Key Words. In creating the Vocabulary Series, our editors combined teaching experience with a number of word frequency lists to determine the best words for each book. The result is a core of essential words, sequenced in order of difficulty, that are most helpful for students to know.
Realistic Pricing. The books offer the highest possible quality at the lowest possible price: each of the 300-word books sells for $11.90 net (or $16.90 with Vocabulary Plus). These modest prices mean that the books can serve as inexpensive supplements for any reading or writing course.
Outstanding Supplement. Online supplements include a Vocabulary Placement Test, an Instructor's Edition, a combined Instructor's Manual and Test Bank, and online exercises that teach as well as test.
*Note: Students must have a paid subscription to access Vocabulary Plus materials. Click here to learn more about subscription options, including discounted digital/textbook bundles.
Improving Vocabulary Skills, 4/e includes the following supplements:
• An Instructor’s Edition. This full-length text is identical to the student edition except that it contains answers to all the book's practice and test items.
• A combined Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank. This valuable supplement includes a model syllabus and suggestions for teaching with the text. It also contains: pretests and posttests for the entire book, an extra unit test for each unit, and an extra mastery test for each chapter. Answers to all the book's activities and all the supplemental tests are included as well.
• The Learning Center. A powerful and free web-based resource, the Learning Center features exercises, tests, PowerPoint files, an electronic (PDF) edition of the Instructor's Manual and Test Bank, and our popular Vocabulary Placement Test to accompany this book. Along with these materials, the Learning Center allows instructors to assign online activities, monitor students' progress, and record their work electronically. Learn more here.
Print supplements can be obtained quickly by calling Townsend Press toll-free at (800) 772-6410, by sending a fax on school letterhead to 1-800-225-8894, or by e-mailing Customer Service at firstname.lastname@example.org.