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Kevin Feldman recommends checking out a free (at the moment) Web site developed by an SAT tutor for anyone looking to learn vocabulary– and have fun doing it.  Visit  VocabSushi at http://www.vocabsushi.com/.

The site is ideal  for students studying for standardized tests, and is also perfect for anyone looking to expand his or her vocabulary to communicate more precisely.

The VocabSushi Method

When most of us learned English, we didn’t sit down with 1,000 flash cards.  We listened to people talk or read stories and whenever we encountered a word we didn’t recognize we figured it out from context.

The VocabSushi philosophy believes you can learn the meanings of words faster, more accurately and more efficiently by reading through sentences rather than just trying to memorize definitions.

Many words, for example, commonly appear with other words — such as “an egregious error” or “an intrepid reporter” — which can clue the reader in on the word’s appropriate usage as well as its general meaning.

Based on this philopsophy, VocabSushi provides thousands of sentences that demonstrate any vocabulary word’s actual use in news articles.  Compared to the brute force method of flashcard definitions, the tutors who developed the program believe that a deeper understanding of a word can be attained easily and strightforwardly by reading actual, interesting  sentences that contain that word.

Created by an SAT Tutor

Jeff Novich, an SAT tutor in New York City with Bespoke Education, conceived and created VocabSushi.

He considers vocabulary building a necessary but tedious part of writing well, communicating effectively … and scoring well on standardized tests.

Novich realized that by reading short passages with difficult vocabulary, students would not only grasp context, but they would also improve their reading comprehension and learn what’s going on in the world.  They would painlessly discover new words, all without lists, cards or dictionaries.

The concept evolved into the VocabSushi site, in which bite size sentences can help improve everyone’s vocabulary.  You will see how comprehensive vocabulary words on  the ISEE, SAT, ACT and GRE  are used in everyday language.

Real sentences from the news teach context along with definitions.  News media around the United States are scoured on a daily basis to find actual examples of each vocabulary word. 

The developers of the site themselves have a background in  tutoring.  They understand  the ISEE, SAT, ACT, GRE and other standardized tests from the inside out.  The words you will be studying have been compiled from actual word sets used in these tests.

Jeff Novich earned a dual degree in physics and computer science from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a masters in journalism from Columbia University.   As a writer himself, he has always been fascinated by the written word and the ways in which an extensive vocabulary can empower a writer to convey his or her ideas. 

source: Kevin Feldman’s Literacy List newsletter at literacy@lists.scoe.org.  The site was suggested to him by Ken Howell, whose ebook on SpecEd  http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~howell/ is “most interesting,” according to Feldman.

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