Online Class: Vocabulary Building

Build a larger vocabulary and work on writing skills. A self-paced course with writing assignments, exercises and quizzes to increase fluency in spoken and written English.

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Course Description

Are you interested in building your vocabulary? Do you feel that your writing or your speaking vocabulary is below average? The purpose of "Vocabulary Building" is to beef up your everyday vocabulary with words that you could use in everyday conversation.
A strong vocabulary will not only give you the tools to say and write exactly what you mean it can also help you on a job interview, communicate better with a doctor or your lawyer and certainly help you with school work. A good vocabulary makes you sound smarter, feel more assured and practically guarantees you'll be a better writer and speaker. The purpose of this vocabulary class is to beef up your everyday vocabulary with words that you could use in everyday conversation.
The larger our vocabularies the more clearly we can communicate with others and understand what others are trying to communicate to us. This course will introduce some simple ways to learn new vocabulary words by practicing reading in context, by writing sentences using the words and by doing practice exercises and quizzes.


The class is not a beginning or advanced vocabulary course.  It's that "in between" course where so many people's vocabulary skills fit.  So if you're interested in expanding your vocabulary skills in a self-paced, no stress format where an instructor actually reviews and corrects your sentence writing, why not give it a try?   Enrich your life by enriching your vocabulary.

Course Motivation

Communication is how we use words to interact with each other. In order to become a successful communicator and to get ahead in life, you probably need to improve your vocabulary to sound composed and professional. Having the proper vocabulary makes you sound smarter and feel more assured, because the ability to say exactly what you mean, using and pronouncing essential words correctly, gives you power and status.

Most people don't want to think about memorizing boring vocabulary lists; and how are you supposed to remember 1,000 words in alphabetical order? And don't we all hate the idea of flash cards? How can anyone guess the words you most need to know? That would really be impossible.
The words in this course are the kind of words that upper-middle school and high school teachers incorrectly assume that students already know. They are not too hard, not too easy.

This online course will tackle "learning new words" a little differently. We'll be working on some "essential" words (this is not an advanced vocabulary course). The words will not be obscure. They will be words you'll hear or read daily and are expected to know the meaning of, and to use in your everyday conversation. They'll be words you're slightly familiar with, but can't quite use in everyday conversation. You can figure them out in "context," but on a test without other cues, you might draw a blank. Experts agree that you don't really acquire a word until you come across it three times.

This is a "self-help" course. You can help yourself strengthen and expand your word knowledge. The words you will learn are essential in that they are known and used regularly by educated people. You will find that words like squander, rehabilitate, blunder, and obesity will turn up in the newspapers, magazines, and books you read, on television, in the movies, and in the conversations of the people you meet daily.
This self-paced course should not be stressful, but a fun and easy way to improve your vocabulary. Learning takes time. Remember that an improved vocabulary only begins with the acquisition of a single new word.
Our worth is often measured by our words. The richer your vocabulary is, the richer your opportunities will be.
Are you worried that your vocabulary just doesn't measure up? Is boosting your word power a top priority?
Making an effort to improve your vocabulary can pay off in a number of important ways:
  • Strengthening your writing skills
  • Improving your public speaking presence
  • You’ll sound smarter
  • Your confidence will soar
  • Your horizons will be broadened
If you feel that your current vocabulary is below par, and want to strengthen your communication skills and impact, then this self-paced, self-contained course is right up your alley.
As long as you have a middle to high school reading level and an earnest desire and commitment to learn, by the time you complete this course, you'll have a broader vocabulary and greater confidence in your written and verbal skills.
Across a total of ten comprehensive lessons (complete with links, resources and other reading materials) you'll add nearly 200 new words to your working vocabulary. More than that, though, you’ll be provided with a simple and effective way to add even more words by learning the essentials of reading in context.
Never again will you have to be held down by the limitations of a stunted vocabulary. Best of all, because enrollment is open 24/7, there's no reason to keep putting things off. Register today to improve your life by enriching your vocabulary.
Looking for a competitive edge in your next job interview?
Do you wish you could "hold your own" in discussions and debates amongst experts like doctors, lawyers and big business executives?
Have you ever humiliated yourself at dinner parties or other social settings by using a word incorrectly or pronouncing it wrong?
Are you concerned that your working vocabulary is below par, or that it’s blocking your from taking your life and career to the next level?
If you answered yes to any (or all) of these questions, then Instructor Cathleen Glenn’s course on constructing a better, broader, everyday vocabulary will be a perfect fit for your situation--no matter how hopeless you feel that situation may be!
Before you can enroll, there are two pre-requisites that must first be met: 
  1. A middle to high school reading level (with a real comfort with the English language)
  2. Access to a hard copy dictionary and thesaurus (You don't even have to buy one--you can check them out from your local library)
In the end, your results are five-fold: 
  • To learn nearly 200 new words or phrases
  • To unearth the secret of reading in context
  • To know and use the words both in general conversation and in written sentences
  • To establish a pattern of memorizing any new words you’ll come across
  • Increasing your confidence and comfort level when using new words for the first few times

Over the course of an introduction and 10 self-paced, self-contained lessons:

Lesson 1: Read, Read & Read

Lesson 2: Synonyms

Lesson 3: Synonyms continued

Lesson 4: Homonyms, Homophones & Homographs

Lesson 5: Words of Foreign Origin

Lesson 6: Misleading Words

Lesson 7: Power Words

Lesson 8: Knowing Antonyms

Lesson 9: Verbal Analogies

Lesson 10: More Vocabulary Building Exercises

The lessons include assignments, quizzes and class forum participation that earn points towards your final average grade. Lessons must be completed sequentially. You can’t access Lessons 2 & 3 until you’ve first finished your coursework for Lesson 1.
If you encounter questions or areas that leave you confused, you can contact your instructor directly at any time by using the Class Email Forum under the Communications tab in the main classroom area. Within three or four days, her response will show up in your own email in-box.
Buffing up your vocabulary can be rewarding in many ways...
  • You can gain respect in your social circle
  • You’ll encourage your intellectual development
  • You’ll develop your personality
  • You’ll increase your skill at influencing people
  • You’ll enjoy clearer thinking and reading
  • And it can help your put your career on the fast-track!

Unlike many classes, Vocabulary Building doesn't require that you wait around twiddling your thumbs, waiting for enrollment to open. Instead of wasting time, you have the freedom to register today--right now even! If you're sick and tired of feeling foolish, then the smart thing to do is to do something about. Now that you're all out of excuses, what are you waiting for? Sign up now!

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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(2,881 votes)


An introduction to the course and an explanation of what will be required for lessons and assignments. Additional lesson topics: Most Looked-Up Words 1 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: Why are you taking a vocabulary course; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Introduction Assignment 1

Lesson 2: Read, Read, and Read

The quickest way to expand your vocabulary is to read. 85 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Lesson discussions: New words in literature
  • Complete: Assignment for Lesson 2
  • Assessment: Word Context

Lesson 3: Synonyms

We'll focus on a review of words that have similar meanings. Additional lesson topics: Examples of Synonyms 115 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7006.pdf
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment: Synonyms
  • Assessment: Finding Synonyms

Lesson 4: Synonyms Continued

More work on synonyms. Additional lesson topics: Synonym Game; Synonyms and Antonyms 97 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7007.pdf
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment A: Synonym Fill in the Blanks
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment B: More Synonyms
  • Assessment: Synonyms Continued

Lesson 5: Homonyms and Homographs

Pairs that are often confused, and how to keep them straight. 135 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7008.pdf
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment: Homonym Writing
  • Assessment: Homonym Questions
  • Assessment: More Practice with Homonyms

Lesson 6: Words of Foreign Origin

Words from other countries that English has "borrowed." 75 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7009.pdf
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment: Foreign Phrases
  • Assessment: Using Terms of Foreign Origin

Lesson 7: Misleading Words

Words that don't mean what they sound like, or words that sound like other words. Additional lesson topics: Mizzled! 65 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7010.pdf
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment: Misleading Words
  • Assessment: Misleading Words Exam

Lesson 8: Power Words

Power words are words that can evoke an emotional response when they are read or heard. 70 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment: Power Words
  • Assessment: Power Words Exam

Lesson 9: Knowing Antonyms

Knowing the antonym of a word will increase your ability to understand and remember the word. 21 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7012.pdf
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment: Antonyms
  • Assessment: Antonyms (Opposites)

Lesson 10: Verbal Analogies

Testing your knowledge of words with verbal analogies. 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Which is more difficult for you?
  • Assessment: Verbal Analogies Exam
  • Assessment: More Verbal Analogies

Lesson 11: More Vocabulary-Building Exercises

Various vocabulary exercises 160 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment B: Final Writing
  • Assessment: More Practice- Quiz 11
  • Assessment: Additional Vocabulary Words - Quiz 11
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the best practices to build vocabulary.
  • Define and use synonyms.
  • Define and use homonyms and homographs.
  • Define and use words of foreign origin.
  • Recognize misleading words.
  • Define and use power words.
  • Define and use antonyms.
  • Define and use verbal analogies.
  • Summarize vocabulary building exercises to use daily.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Vocabulary Building
Course Number: 57700123
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (2,881 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: May 2022
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: April Graves
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "I really enjoyed this course. It was my first vocabulary course and I was really impressed with everything I learned." -- Erika S.
  • "The instructor was great. I could ask for no better. She was fair, insightful, intelligent, she often gave comments that helped me and was very inspirational. She is a wonderful instructor and I would be delighted to have her as an instructor again." -- Lori D.
  • "All of it was helpful!" -- Sharon J.
  • "Enjoyed the course! The class was very helpful, I really loved improving my vocabulary...Thank God that I had six months to complete the course because I became ill during the time that I was register." -- Lillian J.
  • "The instructor was excellent. She was thorough and prompt. She contributed a real human touch to this computerized classwork." -- Gretchen T.
  • "I found the lessons to be very helpful. I really enjoyed this Instuctor, she was very nice and extremly helpful." -- Kellie R.
  • "I really enjoyed being able to print the text and read it at my leisure." -- Juree H.
  • "The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and like I said got back to me almost immediately." -- Donna N.
  • "My instructor was EXCELLENT! She also was instructive, patient, and encouraging during this course. All parts of course were helpful, I have an increased knowledge and awareness of words when reading or writing." -- Helen M.
  • "The instructor was very helpful, encouraging, and positive." -- James L.

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