In time, these lessons and "stubs" will be migrated to the Buzzwords site.
Until then, consider them historical.

Mini-Lessons from Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012

These Mini-Lessons are posted on Twitter, and in China on Weibo, throughout the day. You can follow them there!

To get the most from them, you should try to use them in sentences, or discuss them with friends. Writing something on Twitter or Weibo is a great way to practice!
  • Tip: Find families of words. For example: assess, assessment, reassess, unassessed, and so on.
  • Proverb: No man is an island: We are all connected with each other; if something happens to another person, it affects me, too.
  • Academic Vocabulary: passive: Not active. "I want a passive dog, one that will never bite anyone."
  • Literature: In the beginning: first words of the Bible; complete sentence: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth."
  • Art: John Philip Sousa: the "March King," 19th-20th century American composer of marching music like "The Stars and Stripes Forever."
  • Slang: an outstanding idea: a great idea. A: "Let's see a movie." B: "That's an outstanding idea!"
  • Geography: the Seven Seas: a way to describe all the world's oceans; found in the common expression "sailing the seven seas."

  1. Academic Vocabulary is the Academic Word List from Oxford University Press. This is "a list of words that you are likely to meet if you study at an English-speaking university."
  2. The Proverb, and the Literature, Art, and Geography words are from lists in the Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. I wrote the definitions and examples myself.
  3. The Tip and Slang words are from my own lists, and I wrote the definitions and examples myself.

This lesson is ©2012 by James Baquet. You may share this work freely. Teachers may use it in the classroom, as long as students are told the source (URL). You may not publish this material or sell it. Please write to me if you have any questions about "fair use"

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