Focus on Vocabulary (2nd Edition)

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Focus on Vocabulary (2nd Edition)
Author(s): Diane Schmitt and Norbert Schmitt

Status: Available Now

Language: American English

Edition: Latest Edition

High School - University/Adult

Level: Upper Intermediate - Advanced

Focus on Vocabulary: Mastering the Academic Word List uses thorough recycling of academic words and well-crafted exercises to introduce high-intermediate and advanced students to the vocabulary they need for academic and test taking success.   New reading strategies sections in help students identify text structure and synthesize ideas across texts, among other skills.
  • Seven units focus on a variety of subject areas, such as social change, consumer behavior, natural resources, and music.
  • Each main chapter carefully recycles the target words four times in reading passages and vocabulary-building exercises.
  • NEW! Reading Strategies are designed to give students the tools they need to better comprehend the materials they read. Activities include recognizing an author's point of view and synthesizing information from multiple readings.
  • The collocations exercises - based on the 179-million-word New Longman Corpus - reflect how academic words are actually used in real contexts.
  • Expanding the Topic sections provide additional reading, discussion, and writing activities that broaden students' understanding of vocabulary.
  • Strategy Practice chapters offer tips for dictionary usage, information about word roots and affixes, and methods for expanding students' word knowledge.
Unit 1 Our Changing Society

Chapter 1: Technology and Society
Reading: Human Societies - From the Iceman to Us

Chapter 2: Social Experience and Personal Development
Reading: Social Forces That Shape Our Lives
Reading: Emotions in Global Perspective: Do We All Feel the Same?

Chapter 3: The Changing Nature of the Family
Reading: Family Structure

Chapter 4: Strategy Practice

Unit 2 Consumer Behavior and Marketing

Chapter 5: Influencing the Customer
Reading: Marketing's Impact on the Consumer

Chapter 6: Who Buys What? The Family's Influence
Reading: Consumer Socialization of Family Members
Reading: Different Views on Purchasing Behavior

Chapter 7: How We See Ourselves
Reading: How Perspectives on the Self Influence Consumer Behavior

Chapter 8: Strategy Practice

Unit 3 Workplaces and Work Spaces

Chapter 9: How Office Space Affects Behavior
Reading: Work Space Design

Chapter 10: The Modern Office: Symbols of Status
Reading: The Meaning of the Chair
Reading: Office Designs That Work

Chapter 11: Sitting Comfortably
Reading: The Ergonomics of Sitting

Chapter 12: Strategy Practice

Unit 4 Use and Abuse of Natural Resources

Chapter 13: Water for Sale
Reading: Exploding Sales for Bottled Water

Chapter 14: The Aral Sea - An Environmental Disaster
Reading: The Dying Lake
Reading: Creating More Fresh Water Through Desalination

Chapter 15: International Conflict over Natural Resources
Reading: Water Politics in the Middle East and North Africa

Chapter 16: Strategy Practice

Unit 5 We Are What We Eat

Chapter 17: Food Roots and Foodways
Reading: Food Habits and Beliefs

Chapter 18: Getting Back to Nature
Reading: Organic Farming Versus Traditional Methods
Reading: Genetically Modified Foods

Chapter 19: Microorganisms: The Spice of Life?
Reading: Food Microbiology

Chapter 20: Strategy Practice

Unit 6 Encounters with Music and Sound

Chapter 21: Music as Social Conscience
Reading: Opposing War Through Music: Classical and Modern Examples

Chapter 22: Noise Hurts
Reading: Noise Pollution
Reading: The Science of Sound

Chapter 23: Ultrasonics: Super Sound?
Reading: Ultrasonics

Chapter 24: Strategy Practice

Unit 7 Animal Nature

Chapter 25: Endangered Elephants
Reading: Saving the African Elephant: Using International Law and Trade

Chapter 26: Animals: How Human?
Reading: Chimpanzees: Our Closest Relative
Reading: Kanzi: A Case of Ape Language Development

Chapter 27: Living Together: Advantage or Disadvantage?
Reading: The Costs and Benefits of Social Behavior

Chapter 28: Strategy Practice
Level 1
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