Unit 10 Words Can Give You Power

Unit 10 Words Can
Give You Power
Teaching Arrangement
 Pre-reading
 Background
 Analyzing
 Exercises
the text in detail
Pre-reading task
Why do we need to enlarge our vocabulary?
Intelligence quotient (IQ): Earlier in the 20th century
the French psychologist Alfred Binet devise the first
tests to measure children's intelligence. In 1916, his
tests were revised as Stanford-Binet test by Lewis
Terman, a psychologist and professor at Stanford
University of the U.S. and are widely used in the US
to determine a person's mental age. According to
the new method, a person's mental age is divided by
his and her chronological quotient obtained. An IQ of
100 is considered average, 130-140 or above is
gifted, and 70 or below is thought of as slow.
Analyzing the text in detail
You may wonder why you should improve your vocabulary.
Why learn the fancy words that you won’t use? The main reason
is to receive and send our thoughts more effectively and correctly.
A person with a great vocabulary is not only impressive, but he
or she is better able to get across and understand complex
thoughts as well.
Perhaps the most impressive reason for vocabulary
development is that a good vocabulary and success are
synonymous. And a good vocabulary can be an economic
advantage. An institution for testing people’s attitudes found
that a good vocabulary is the only character common to
successful people. It has also found that the highest scores on
vocabulary tests have been made by people getting the highest
pay. This is because words are “tools of thought”. It is through
words that people grasp the thoughts of others and do their own
get across
To make understandable or clear:
I have tried to get my point across.
To be convincing or understandable:
How can I get across to the students?
Having the same or a similar meaning:
synonymous words
Equivalent in connotation:
“a widespread impression that . . . Hollywood was
synonymous with immorality” (Doris Kearns
To take hold of or seize firmly with or as if with the
To clasp firmly with or as if with the hand.
To take hold of intellectually; comprehend.See
Synonyms at apprehend
To make a motion of seizing, snatching, or clutching.
To show eager and prompt willingness or
A good vocabulary also means academic success. There is a
direct link between verbal ability and scores on an intelligence or
achievement test. Many teachers think that the results of the IQ
test and a vocabulary test will be about the same. And both
predict success.
In addition, your vocabulary also determines the shape and
size of your world. It says what books you can read and what
ideas you can understand. It is the main link to other people.
And the best thing about vocabulary is that unlike your height
or the shape of your face, it’s something you can easily control
and improve.
The best way to improve your vocabulary is through reading.
Successful people read a lot.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of a school,
especially one of higher learning.
Relating to studies that are liberal or classical rather
than technical or vocational.
Relating to scholarly performance:
a student's academic average 一个学生的学术能力
Relating or belonging to a scholarly organization
academic year
academic rank
academic research
To establish or ascertain definitely, as after
consideration, investigation, or calculation. See
Synonyms at discover
To cause (someone) to come to a conclusion or
To be the cause of; regulate:
To give direction to:
Demand determines production.
The management committee determines departmental
To limit in scope or extent.
To give a particular form to; create.
To cause to conform to a particular form or pattern; adapt to fit.
To plan to bring about the realization or accomplishment of;
To embody in a definite form:
 shaped a folk legend into a full-scale opera
To adapt to a particular use or purpose; adjust.
To direct the course of:
“He shaped history as well as being shaped by it”(Robert J.
We learn nearly all of our active vocabulary through context
in reading. We learn what a new word means from the words and
sentence around it. Only once in a while do we give up and look
the word up in a dictionary. But this is not laziness: it’s a good
way to learn. Words that we learn through their use in context are
much more likely to stay with us than we memorize by themselves,
as in a list or in a dictionary.
The words we learn through reading will improve not just our
reading vocabulary but our listening, speaking and writing
vocabularies as well. It is these four types of vocabulary that have
a direct impact upon our daily lives. They control how well we
understand what we hear or read and how well we speak or write.
So we can see that vocabulary is so much more than “fancy words
you won’t use” It represents your thoughts. It gives you social,
economic, and academic power.
The striking of one body against another; collision.
The force or impetus transmitted by a collision.
The effect or impression of one thing on another:
The power of making a strong, immediate
a speech that lacked impact.
To stand for; symbolize:
 The bald eagle represents the United States.
To indicate or communicate by signs or symbols:
 Letters of the alphabet represent sounds.
To describe or present in words; set forth.
To present clearly to the mind.
To draw attention to by way of remonstrance or protest:
 Our parents represented to us the need for greater caution.
To act as a spokesperson for.
To serve as an example of:
 The museum had several paintings representing the artist's early
How many parts can the text be divided And
what is each part for?
What is the main reason for developing a
good vocabulary?
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