English for Careers Chapter 1 Mastering Language— Resources and Words Your goals for Chapter 1: Develop the “dictionary habit” Use all parts of your dictionary Use a thesaurus Use a reference manual Expand your vocabulary Why study the English language?
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Resources and Words
Develop the “dictionary habit”
Use all parts of your dictionary
Use a thesaurus
Use a reference manual
Expand your vocabulary
Standard English is the language of the workplace.
It is essential to career success.
General interest magazines/Web sites
Trade organization journals/Web sites
Radio and television
Speeches and lectures
and other non-Standard words
AIN’T has been in some dictionaries since 1951!
They just tell you how words are used…
It’s up to YOU to make intelligent and appropriate word choices!
So does your textbook,
which focuses on Standard English – spoken and written in the workplace
Everything before the first A word
All words from A to Z
Everything after the last Z word
History of a word dictionary:
Context in which the word is used
Words derived from entry word
Show alphabetical range of page
Identify parts of a dictionary entry:
The spelling shown first is the preferred spelling.
The dictionary will show them joined by “or” - the.ater or the.atre
When “also” precedes a second spelling, the second one is less acceptable.
lovable also loveable
Avoid using the second one in business writing.
recover (get well) or re-cover (cover again)
Syllables – in.ter.pret
Pronunciation – in-'tƏr-prƏt, -pƏt
Definitions – to explain or construe meaning
Parts of speech – n. adj. conj. vt. vi.
Etymology – Middle English, French, & Latin
and other related words
Explains grammar rules and shows examples of proper sentence structure.
Lists rules for …
Expressing numbers in writing
Abbreviations … and more
Answers word questions – choosing the correct spelling and usage of “troublesome” words
Provides writing guidelines – content, tone, paragraphs, sentences, and writing style
Shows formats for producing business documents
Your Keys to Career Success
Expand your vocabulary
Use Standard English
Use reference tools and resources