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verbalworkout.com . . . enhancing vocabulary while reading
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An interested student who has read or is reading a book can glance at the top-ranked words to reinforce them and flag selected words for short-term or long-term review. Words missed on the first try during standard homework assignments are automatically added to the short-term review list.

Verbalworkout.com's rich environment encourages an active exploration of words and concepts. There is a quick definition with sample usage. But for many words, there are also links to non-linguistic representations of words. For example, the word concerto has a link that permits listening to concertos recorded on YouTube®. The word translucent, has pictures of translucent objects that are a click away with Google’s SafeSearch® technology on “strict” to assure the images are appropriate.

After reading a book, standard homework assignments provide a sample of word usage students have already read in the book. Prior to reading the book, verbalworkout.com provides a typical sample of usage that does not involve the book. Numerous samples are provided and links are provided to find each word's use in general publications such as Time Magazine, Google News, or Twitter. Students with a special interest are also a click away from searching sources related to their interest such as Sports Illustrated or Psychology Today. Again, Google's SafeSearch® technology is used to assure only appropriate links are found.

For new concepts or words of special interest, links for deeper understanding are available. For example, if the word is diabetes, then the definition is accompanied by links to in depth discussions at WebMD and Wikipedia.

Students can also focus on words that are more commonly used in a subject area of interest. These words are likely to be more interesting to the student and easier to remember because the student will see or hear them more often. For example, when reading the sports page, we are more likely to see the word redundant than the word repudiate. But when watching The History Channel, the reverse is true. Since both words are equally encountered in general communications (and even on standardized tests), the sports enthusiast might first focus on words like redundant, while the history buff focuses on words like repudiate.

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