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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series Inc.,U.S.; 5th Revised edition edition (24 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764128159
  • Product Dimensions: 27.3 x 20.8 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,376,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This carefully selected vocabulary collection is the essential core of words that need to be known and correctly used by students and other adults for whom English is a second language. It presents 42 brief but effective word-building lessons. Each lesson introduces twelve new words contained in sample sentences and short articles. Fill-in-the-blanks exercises help students gauge their word-building progress.

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By A Customer on 16 April 1999
Format: Paperback
I use this book to teach school children and working adults and I find it a good book to use. There are 12 words to be learnt in each lesson with many examples to show how these words are used in sentences and stories. There are also exercises for the learners to practise using these words either in constructing sentences, filling in the blank, matching, etc....
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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to learn, easy to retain, easy to enjoy :) 22 Jan. 2000
By Xavier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
You are an ESL student or a non-native speaker of English?
You want to improve your American English vocabulary?
You also want to avoid the verbose academic methods?
Stop here! You get it!
I've just finished "504..." today and frankly, I'm fully satisfied. Murray, Julius and Arthur have set up a very intuitive and captivating course: a set of 42 lessons cut up in 7 sessions, each session separated by a review.
How does a typical lesson work?
You have a list of 12 words in a yellow vignette, so you can see what you're gonna learn in a quick glance. The details appear on the right: for each of the words, you have: their standard pronunciation(s) (essential!), their definition(s) and 3 examples of common use. After that, a short article using all of them is presented. The coolest thing is you often meet in the example sentences and articles the words you learnt before. It's a good way to practice them again and test your learning. And you know what? Some articles can even teach you many things beyond English!
Then come 3 exercises. Two are repeated over the lessons: you have 12 sentences with blanks and you fill them in with one of the words. The second standard exercise is an illustration and you are encouraged to find which of the words is hidden behind.
The 3rd exercise varies, depending on the lesson. You can expect one of these:
* Make up your own 12 sentences,
* Find synonyms or antonyms,
* Find the words from their definition,
* Find among 12 phrases those which don't make sense.
Each lesson should not take you more than an hour, maybe even less. Besides, it happened from time to time that 1/2 hour was sufficient for me.
"Okay", I heard you say, "but I'm still not convinced. How did you do in practice?"
Well, generally, I tried to follow 5 lessons a week, i.e one after my workday.
I looked at the new words I had to learn and checked the pronunciation. I repeated each word 10 times aloud, even if I didn't know what it meant. Afterwards, I repeated all the list up and down as many times as needed (between 3 and 5 times) for my pronunciation to be a reflex. I didn't want to take bad habits of pronunciation by reading the definition first and realize half a minute later that my mouth and my tongue hadn't done their job correctly, you see. A word is like a girl's name. She likes to hear her name pronounced correctly. When a boy meet a damsel for the first time and plans to keep in touch with her, he longs to know her name and he'll carefully use it the next time. I think it's the same for a word. Try to be nice to it and name it correctly before living with it. You should do this for *all* the words: if pologamy is illegal, polywordy isn't ;)
So, as soon as I was at ease with the pronunciation, I read the examples *before* the definition. Why? Because I wanted to guess the meaning: I had noticed that a word is all the better memorized as you feel you already know it somehow. Finally, to check my guess, I read the definition and went to the next word. I repeated the process twice, just to be sure. Of course, the 2nd time was faster. Then, I did the exercises.
What if I already knew some of the words? In fact, out of these 504 essential words, I already knew 1/3 of them but I don't regret anything because I saw a great number of them used in contexts I would never have suspected :), so I felt richer anyway.
About the exercises, I told you you were asked sometimes to create your own 12 sentences. I confess I happened to find it not challenging enough. In that case, instead of 12 independant phrases, I wrote a little story using the 12 words, like in the article. It's a good way to develop their loyalty and challenge your creativity.
But it isn't the end yet! In case you'd be still afraid not to be trained enough, the 7 reviews in the yellow pages are here to reassure you. They are organized somewhat differently compared to the lessons.
Each review contains 7 exercises:
1) Choose the good word in phrases between two suggestions,
2) Find opposites,
3) Rebuild newspaper headlines,
4) Find words from their definitions,
5) Complete a letter with words from a list,
6) Find analogies,
7) Make sentences with words that do double-duty.
Of course, you'll find again the words of the immediately previous lessons but also a few more from even farther ones.
The exercise on analogies is tough sometimes, that's really my opinion. Words that do double-duty are very exciting because you learn that some words you have been taught as verbs for instance can also be considered as nouns or adjectives.
I needed 3 months to complete the method and I enjoyed it like a little kid.
So, if I convinced you, enjoy it too! :))
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good class-room book! 16 April 1999
By garysim@england.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I use this book to teach school children and working adults and I find it a good book to use. There are 12 words to be learnt in each lesson with many examples to show how these words are used in sentences and stories. There are also exercises for the learners to practise using these words either in constructing sentences, filling in the blank, matching, etc....
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one! 29 Jan. 2008
By Cbeee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is the book i highly recommend for middle school students to increase their vocabulary. It has words that are higher level, but not outrageously so. It just concentrates on vocabulary words, not words a student needs for multiple subjects...just high-use words. The activities are good reinforcement and practice. Try this book first and don't waste your money on others for this this age group.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 25 Nov. 2011
By Mark Duggal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My daughter actually used this book (out of many other vocabulary books) and benefited from it. But since she marked all over it I bought another copy for my younger son, and I hope he will use it and benefit from it as well. I like the simple format of the book in lessons. Each lesson has a few words and the student gets to first learn them and then use them in different ways, which reinforces the meaning of the word. Thumbs up.Highly recommended. I love educational books which keep things simple but effective.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I bought this book for my 11 yr old daughter! 5 April 2013
By Cathy - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this to be an excellent book to help increase my daughter's vocabulary as well as help with literature. She is an avid reader (to the point of obsession) but I didn't think that she was getting a clear picture of what she was reading from a literary point of view. This book is divided into 12 short lessons that have practice sections that include how they are used in a sentence, vocabulary and more. The book allows her to work independently and the words get more difficult as she progresses. Great Book!!!
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