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Focus on Vocabulary 2 Mastering the Academic Word List



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#xA0; Focus on Vocabulary 2: Mastering the Academic Word Listis a research-based vocabulary textbook that gives high-intermediate to advanced students the advantage they need to succeed in academic environments. Through excerpts from college texts and well-crafted exercises, English learners study the Academic Word List #x13; the most frequently used words in academic texts. To help students reach a fuller understanding of the new vocabulary, each chapter provides a series of exercises on word meanings, word families, and collocation. #xA0; Features#xA0; 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!#xA0; Reading Strategies are designed to give students the tools they need to better comprehend the materials they read. Activities include recognizing an author#x19;s point of view and synthesizing information from multiple readings. The collocations exercises #x13; based on the 179-million-word New Longman Corpus #x13; reflect how academic words are actually used in real contexts. Expanding the Topic sections provide additional reading, discussion, and writing activities that broaden students#x19; understanding of vocabulary. Strategy Practice chapters offer tips for dictionary usage, information about word roots and affixes, and methods for expanding students#x19; word knowledge. #xA0;

Table of Contents


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




Index of Target Words

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