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English Vocabulary from Latin and Greek Roots

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Subject Categories:
Academic Elective, English Language Arts

A wide vocabulary with an understanding of word roots and relationships is directly related to how effectively and efficiently a student studies and learns. The fewer words a student understands fully and accurately, the more he misses or misunderstands and the longer he takes to learn in English, Social Studies, Science, and even Math. Writing effectiveness and efficiency are also directly related to vocabulary and language mastery. Standardized testing like the SAT and ACT indirectly test vocabulary through timed reading comprehension questions and essay writing questions. English is the academic language of the world, and the Latin and Greek roots are a fundamental component of an academic English vocabulary. In this course we will take the study of English vocabulary back to its Greek and Latin roots, learning over 1000 word elements that provide the basis for thousands of English words. We will also discuss how English words are formed, to better understand and use the language. We will even learn interesting things like: the difference between affect and effect; why terrifying and terrific have nearly opposite meanings; and correct pronunciation and spelling of pneumonia, onomatopoeia, or deoxyribonucleic. This course has a lower workload so students can take it as part of a full core course load. It is particularly recommended for middle school and early high school student prior to upper-level courses and SAT/ACT testing.

Notes and Requirements
Grade Levels*:
8, 9, 10, 11, 12
(* Determined by Date of Birth and declared Grad Year. Enrollment outside these grade levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.)

Transcript Planning: On an accredited transcript this course lists for credit as an Academic Elective.

Reviews from Students and Parents

“This course brought to light just how old the English language is and how diverse it has become. I would recommend this course for those who are interested in how languages change as well as learning the “backbones” of English (Greek and Latin roots). Overall, it’s a really neat class to take and gives you a new appreciation for the English language.”

Alyssa K

“I loved this class! You don’t need to have taken either Latin or Greek before taking this class – it’s all about learning the basis of English words that originated in those languages and applying them to what you already know of English. The teacher is awesome and she structures the course perfectly so that the workload each week is sensible and you participate a lot in class. You will gain much knowledge, my friend! Go for it!”

Katy D