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Learners need to have a very large vocabulary an estimated 6,000 to 7,000 word families according to recent research, to function effectively in an English-speaking environment, and even more to read a range of authentic texts. Now in an expanded two-book series, the research-based Focus on Vocabulary breaks down this seemingly daunting task into achievable, short-term language acquisition goals.

Focus on Vocabulary 1: Bridging Vocabulary fills the gap between high-frequency and lower-frequency vocabulary — teaching mid-frequency vocabulary and preparing intermediate to high-intermediate students for the kinds of words found in novels, newspapers, films, and social and workplace settings.

Focus on Vocabulary 2: Mastering the Academic Word List uses thorough recycling of academic words and well-crafted exercises to introduce high-intermediate and advanced students to the vocabulary they need for academic and testtaking success.


  • Uses excerpts from popular material to give students handson preparation for understanding vocabulary found in social, academic, and workplace settings.
  • Assessing Your Vocabulary Knowledge helps students determine their level of familiarity with each chapter’s target words.
  • Within each chapter, target words are carefully recycled in the reading passage and through activities focusing on word meanings, word families, and collocations.
  • Strategy practice chapters offer tips for dictionary use, essay writing, word-knowledge expansion, and other vocabularycentered tasks.
  • New reading strategies sections in Focus on Vocabulary 2 help students identify text structure and synthesize ideas across texts, among other skills.
  • Answer Keys and Tests for Levels 1 and 2 available free online.
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