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Inside Reading 4: The Academic Word List in Context

Kent Richmond, English

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Published in 2008 by the Oxford University Press, Inside Reading 4: The Academic Word List in Context enables students to deal effectively with academic texts while familiarizing them with the complete Academic Word List. With the dual focus of better equipping English language learners to interact with academic texts and helping them fully acquire vital academic vocabulary, Inside Reading gives students the tools they need to succeed. The series offers texts from academic content areas such as psychology, engineering, the arts, computer science, and biology. It stresses reading skills relevant to the academic classroom, such as inference, working with graphs and tables, annotation, and recognizing context clues. It offers a systematic acquisition of the entire Academic Word List through targeted receptive and productive activities. The book is accompanied by a student pack that includes a CD-ROM with additional vocabulary practice. The instructor pack includes answer key, notes and Diploma 6.5 Test Generator CD-ROM. The book also provides help with “collocations.” As an ESL teacher, Richmond considers both meaning of a word and the collocates it partners with. The verb commit, for example, partners with crimes, murders and adultery but not tricks, executions and infidelity. Richmond also is the author of the successful “Translating Shakespeare” series from Full Measure Press, including King Lear, Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing, as well as Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night. Richmond, who joined the university in 1979, received his B.A. from CSULB in 1975 and his M.A. here in 1977.