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Chapter 7
Developing a College Vocabulary
Lecture Launcher
Why is it important to expand your
vocabulary in college?
Chapter 7 Brief Outline
I. Sources of New Words
II. Types of New Words
III. Learning New Words
Chapter 7 Vocabulary
• general vocabulary words
• technical vocabulary words
• specialized vocabulary words
• synonyms
• antonym
• homonyms
• academic standing
• satisfactory progress
Chapter 7
Sources of New Words


Campus Sources- Any new word
that deals with your campus
Course Sources- Each course you
take will have its own vocabulary
Chapter 7
College Source Examples
 Registration
 Transcript
 Admission
 Dropped course
 Audit
 Curriculum
 Professor
 Dean
 Academic Affairs
 Greeks
 Online Course
Course Source Examples
Psychology: behaviorism,
psychobiology, cognitive
Sociology: norms, folkways,
symbolic interaction
Music: notes, chord, allegro,
percussion, woodwinds
Biology: phylum, kingdom,
cell, mitochondria
Literature: genre, character,
theme, figurative language
Chapter 7
Types of New Words
General Vocabulary— common, everyday
words
Technical Vocabulary— words or phrases
that pertain to only one subject
Specialized Vocabulary— general vocabulary
that have other meanings in specific subjects
Chapter 7
EXAMPLES
General
Vocabulary
 Clock
 Room
 Time
 Eat
 Food
Technical
Vocabulary
 Pi
 Dendrites
 Ion
 Folkway
 Id
Specialized
Vocabulary
 Ego (psychology)
 Iron (chemistry)
 Line (math)
 Cell (biology)
 Note (music)
Chapter 7
Learning New Words
Awareness is the first step in learning
new words. When you come across
new words you can remember them by
using Word Cards and Word Maps
Chapter 7
WORD CARD EXAMPLE
FRONT
Signal Words
1
Signal words help me find main
ideas.
BACK
Words that show that how a text is
organized; may help you find main
ideas
Examples: however, since, but,
likewise
Chapter 7
WORD MAP EXAMPLE
WEAK
HOMONY M
ANTONY MS
SY NONY MS
week
PERSON
f ragile
f eeble
f rail
spiritless
OBJECT
f ragile
unsound
breakable
PERSON
robust
strong
muscular
powerf ul
OBJECT
solid
strong
f ortif ied
HISTORY
gov ernment
leader
SUBJECT AREA
CONNECTIONS
SCIENCE
electrical charges
solution
Chapter 7
LEARNING TIP: Computing Grade
Point Average
What is your current GPA? What GPA do
you want to have? What grades will give
you the GPA you want?
Chapter 7
REFLECTION
What are some of the new words
you’ve already learned? Where did
you see or hear them? What did you
do to learn them?