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General Vocabulary

Recommended Online Resources

Recommended Print Resources

  • Bromberg, M. (2005). 504 absolutely essential words. Barron’s. (PE1449 .B64 2005)
  • Clark, S. & Pointon, G. (2003). Word for word: Make the right choice, get the right meaning.  (PE1449 .C59 2003)
  • Cornog, M. W. (2000). Webster’s new explorer vocabulary skill builder. Federal Street Press. ( C625 2000)
  • Elster, C. H. (2000). Verbal advantage: 10 easy steps to a powerful vocabulary (1st ed.). Random House. (PE1449 .E454 2000)
  • Gough, C. (2002). English vocabulary organiser: 100 topics for self-study. (PE1449 .G68 2002)
  • Greenberg, M. (2011). Painless vocabulary (2nd ed.). Barron’s Educational Series, Inc. ( G735 2011)
  • Holbrook, S. (2010). High definition: Unforgettable vocabulary-building strategies across genres and subjects. Heinemann. (PE1449 .H55 2010)
  • McCarthy, M., & O’Dell, F. (2017). English vocabulary in use. Advanced: Vocabulary reference and practice with answers and ebook (3rd ed.). Cambridge University Press. (PE1449 .M332 2017)
  • Olsen, A. E. (2010). Active vocabulary: General and academic words (4th ed.). Longman. (PE1449 .O457 2010)
  • Richek, M. A. (2014). The world of words: Vocabulary for college success (9th ed.). Wadsworth Cengage Learning. (PE1449 .R5 2014)
  • Rozakis, L. E. (2002). Vocabulary for dummies. Hungry Minds, Inc. (PE1449 .R695 2002)
  • Vince, M. (2003). Advanced language practice: English grammar and vocabulary (rev. ed.). Macmillan. (PE1112 .V56 2003)
  • Wallwork, A. (2018). Wordsearches: Widen your vocabulary in English (1st ed.). Springer. (electronic resource)


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