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504 Absolutely Essential Words Paperback – 1994

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504 Absolutely Essential Words



Fifth Edition




This book presents and reviews the essential words you need to know and correctly use for fluency in spoken and written English. You’ll find 42 brief, effective word-building lessons, each introducing 12 new words in sample sentences and short articles. Fill-in-the-blanks exercises in each lesson will help you gauge you word-building progress.



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  • 100 frequently misspelled words

  • 125 additional difficult—but essential—words --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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    The fourth edition of this winner will prove ideal for ESL and remedial students: it introduces twelve new words in sets of 42 lessons, demonstrates their use, and provides students with self- testing opportunities. While the workbook style may deter some libraries, most will appreciate the overall focus enough to include it in a collection: the workbook pages are only a small part of the overall picture. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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    Product Details

    • Paperback
    • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 25525th edition (1994)
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0096DK58E
    • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8 x 0.5 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,907,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    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.
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    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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    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.
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    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.
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    I bought this book to replace a tattered copy I have been using for years. I assign one lesson a week in my directed studies class and supplement the lesson with a slates exercise and a spelling/vocabulary test based on the lesson. This is an excellent tool to use in a middle school or high school English class.

    Bert Young
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    I teach an ENL conversation class to advanced speakers, and I use this book as a way to build vocabulary and fine-tune pronunciation. Each of the 42 lessons contain: 12 vocabulary words with definitions; examples of how to use the word in a sentence; passages using the words; several fill-in-the word activities; and word usage exercises. It's a wonderful book for my foreign students, but I also think any adult or high school student could benefit from it. Each chapter begins with an interesting quote by a famous person that relates to words or word usage. The book also includes practice tests, 100 frequently misspelled words and 125 additional difficult, but essential words. It's a very useful book at a great price that can be used by anyone who wants to build their vocabulary.
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    The words are very good choices in that they are words that are used regularly in everyday conversations as well as readings. I use this book in the classroom and it has proven to be a jewel for students at middle school level or higher. It is an excellent tool for building vocabulary.
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    I homeschool my son and this book has been very helpfull, would recomend it to anyone who needs assistance with spelling.
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