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COURSE TITLE: ADVANCED ENGLISH VOCABULARY

CREDIT HOURS: 3
PRE-REQUISITES: ESL 1-4, Advanced English Grammar
ENGL 316
INSTRUCTOR: GAMIDOVA L. M.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: the course is intended for students taking academic training at English-medium
universities. It is designed to aid students acquire a university-level vocabulary selected with cultural frequency
and taught with etymology as a reference point. The framework of this course etymology is the derivation of
English words from Greek and Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Each new word is presented in 3 (three)
different ways: in a definition, in a simple sentence, and in context. The course develops a system of logical and
organized thinking through a series of numerous vocabulary exercises and high-interest academic readings. It is
especially valuable for students whose purpose is to achieve professional advancement directly linked with the
scope and effectiveness of their vocabulary.
COURSE OBJECTIVES:
1. To expand students vocabulary through word building exercises: synonyms, antonyms, and wordmatching;
2. To expose students to the real contexts of words in academic conversations and readings;
3. To improve academic reading rate and comprehension;
4. To teach students meanings of roots, suffixes and prefixes-the building blocks from which words are
constructed-to reinforce new vocabulary and improve spellings
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
On completion of this course students are expected:
1. To develop vocabulary learning as a skill and become more efficient in organizing, storing, and
remembering new vocabulary;
2. To acquire and retain over 2000 words including derived and related forms;
3. To be able to make an educated guess as to the meaning of an unfamiliar word;
4. To conduct words by putting together prefixes, roots, and suffixes;
5. To use the correct form of a word in sentences of their own
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Lists of new vocabulary and practicing of new vocabulary in context;


Comprehension of academic paragraphs through readings;
Engaging students in tasks which require them to use the target vocabulary;
Reinforcement vocabulary tests on spelling of words used in standardized texts

Assessment and % Weighting


Mid-term and Final Tests- 100 points
Passing Score: 60 points
Course grade is made up of mid-term and final scores added up and divided by 2.

SOURCES:
1. Instant Word Power by Norman Lewis, professor of English at Rio Hondo College, California
2. Advanced English Vocabulary by Helen Bernard, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
3. The English Book (developed by National Curriculum Publishing, Inc., Framingham, Massachusetts)
by Mary Ellen Shodgrass
4. Instant Vocabulary by Gopal K. Puri, M.A. in English and Social Science
5. The English Word, textbook on Modern English Lexicology, Visshaya Shkola publishers, Moscow,
1973, by I. V. Arnold
6. Collins Gem Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms, compiled by A. H. Irvine., editor of Collins New
English Dictionary

TENTAIVE CLASS SCHEDULE (Sept. 15- Jan.5)


Weeks
Dates
Week 1
Sept. 17-23

Hours

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4

Week 2
Sept. 24-30
Week 3
Oct. 1-7
Week 4
Oct. 8-14

Week 5
Oct. 15-21

Week 6
Oct. 22-28

Week 7
Oct 29-Nov 4

Week 8
Nov. 5-11

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Instructional Objectives
Session One
1. The necessity of increasing ones knowledge of words
to achieve professional goals.
2. Morphological structure of English words: a morpheme,
roots and suffixes
1. Word structure; Roots and suffixes
2. Etymology of roots: Latin and Greek
3. Reading Passages on AEV-1
1. Classification of suffixes
2. Etymology
3. Reading Passages
1. English spelling; words ending in: ar, er, or, ous, uous,
eous, ious, able, iable, al, ial, cal, eal
2. Etymology
3. Reading passages

Assignment

1. The Eng. B. p. 74
2. N. Lewis p.13/16
3. AEV-1 Unit 1
1. The Eng. B. p. 76
2. N. Lewis p. 17-22
3. 3. AEV-1 Unit 1
1. I. Arnold p. 46
2. N. Lewis p. 24
3. AEV-1 Unit 2
1. The Eng. B. p. 52
2. D.D.David p.9-20
3. N. Lewis p. 50
4. AEV-1 Unit 3

1. Spelling: words ending in ual, rial, cial, tial, ence, ense,


ery, ant, ance
2. Etymology
3. Reading passages

1. D.D.David p.22-24
2. N. Lewis p. 58-66
3. AEV-1 Unit 3

1. Words related to a) Finance and Property b) Law


c) Human Nature d) Energy and Electricity
2. Etymology
3. Reading passages
1. Words related to a) Automobile b) Games and
Entertainment c) Geography d) Aviation e) Trade
2. Etymology
3. Reading passages

1. D.D.David p. 24-26
2. N.Lewis p. 68
3. AEV-1 Unit 4

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2 1. Words related to a) Size and Magnitude b) Age and History
c) Education and Academics d) Medicine

1. D.D.David p. 26-27
2. N.Lewis p. 71
3. AEV-1 Unit 5
1. D.D.David p.28-29
2. N.Lewis p/91-99

e) Urban Life f) Transport


2 2. Etymology
2 3. Reading passages
Week 9
Nov. 12-18
Week 10
Nov. 19-25

Week 11
Nov.26-Dec2
Week 12
Dec. 3-9
Week 13
Dec.10-16
Week 14
Dec. 17-23
Week 15
Dec. 24-30
Week 16
Dec.31-Jan5

3. AEV-1 Unit 6

Mid-term Examinations
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1. Words related to a) Army and Defense Navy b) Politics


and Public Affairs c) Family Affairs d) Food
e) Architecture and Housing f) Clothing and Fashion
2. Etymology
3. Reading passages
1. Etymology and Spelling (Tests and Exercises)
2. Vocabulary in context
3. Reading Passages

1. D.D.David p.32-33
2. N.Lewis p. 100
3. AEV-2 Unit 1

1. Etymology and Spelling (Exercises)


2. Vocabulary in context
3. Reading Passages

1. N. Lewis p. 126
2. AEV-1 Unit 2

1. Etymology and Spelling (Tests and Exercises)


2. Vocabulary in context
3. Reading Passages

1. N. Lewis p. 110
2. AEV-1 Unit 1

1. N. Lewis p. 139
2. AEV-1 Unit 3

1. Etymology and Spelling (Tests)


2. Vocabulary in context
3. Reading Passages

1. N. Lewis p. 152
2. AEV-1 Unit 4

1. Etymology and Spelling (Tests and Exercises)


2. Vocabulary in context
Reading Passages

1. N. Lewis p. 162
2. AEV-1 Unit 5

Final Examinations