Focus on Vocabulary Level 2 Student Book

Diane Schmitt / Norbert Schmitt  
Total pages
January 2011

Level 2

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Focus on Vocabulary Level 2 Student Book


Focus on Vocabulary 2: Mastering the Academic Word List uses thorough recycling of academic words and well-crafted exercises to introduce high-intermediate and advanced students to the vocabulary they need for academic and test taking success.  New reading strategies sections in help students identify text structure and synthesize ideas across texts, among other skills.

Table of Contents


Unit 1 Our Changing Society


Chapter 1: Technology and Society

            Reading: Human Societies - From the Iceman to Us


Chapter 2: Social Experience and Personal Development

            Reading: Social Forces That Shape Our Lives

            Reading: Emotions in Global Perspective: Do We All Feel the Same?


Chapter 3: The Changing Nature of the Family

            Reading: Family Structure


Chapter 4: Strategy Practice



Unit 2 Consumer Behavior and Marketing


Chapter 5: Influencing the Customer

            Reading: Marketing's Impact on the Consumer


Chapter 6: Who Buys What? The Family's Influence

            Reading: Consumer Socialization of Family Members

            Reading: Different Views on Purchasing Behavior


Chapter 7: How We See Ourselves

            Reading: How Perspectives on the Self Influence Consumer Behavior


Chapter 8: Strategy Practice



Unit 3 Workplaces and Work Spaces


Chapter 9: How Office Space Affects Behavior

            Reading: Work Space Design


Chapter 10: The Modern Office: Symbols of Status

            Reading: The Meaning of the Chair

            Reading: Office Designs That Work


Chapter 11: Sitting Comfortably

            Reading: The Ergonomics of Sitting


Chapter 12: Strategy Practice



Unit 4 Use and Abuse of Natural Resources


Chapter 13: Water for Sale

            Reading: Exploding Sales for Bottled Water


Chapter 14: The Aral Sea - An Environmental Disaster

            Reading: The Dying Lake

            Reading: Creating More Fresh Water Through Desalination


Chapter 15: International Conflict over Natural Resources

            Reading: Water Politics in the Middle East and North Africa


Chapter 16: Strategy Practice



Unit 5 We Are What We Eat


Chapter 17: Food Roots and Foodways

            Reading: Food Habits and Beliefs


Chapter 18: Getting Back to Nature

            Reading: Organic Farming Versus Traditional Methods

            Reading: Genetically Modified Foods


Chapter 19: Microorganisms: The Spice of Life?

            Reading: Food Microbiology


Chapter 20: Strategy Practice



Unit 6 Encounters with Music and Sound


Chapter 21: Music as Social Conscience

            Reading: Opposing War Through Music: Classical and Modern Examples


Chapter 22: Noise Hurts

            Reading: Noise Pollution

            Reading: The Science of Sound


Chapter 23: Ultrasonics: Super Sound?

            Reading: Ultrasonics


Chapter 24: Strategy Practice



Unit 7 Animal Nature


Chapter 25: Endangered Elephants

            Reading: Saving the African Elephant: Using International Law and Trade


Chapter 26: Animals: How Human?

            Reading: Chimpanzees: Our Closest Relative

            Reading: Kanzi: A Case of Ape Language Development


Chapter 27: Living Together: Advantage or Disadvantage?

            Reading: The Costs and Benefits of Social Behavior


Chapter 28: Strategy Practice




Index of Target Words

Back Cover


Focus on Vocabulary 2: Mastering the Academic Word List is a research-based vocabulary textbook that gives high-intermediate to advanced students the advantage they need to succeed in academic environments. Through excerpts from college texts and well-crafted exercises, English learners study the Academic Word List - the most frequently used words in academic texts. To help students reach a fuller understanding of the new vocabulary, each chapter provides a series of exercises on word meanings, word families, and collocation.



  • Seven units focus on a variety of subject areas, such as social change, consumer behavior, natural resources, and music.
  • Each main chapter carefully recycles the target words four times in reading passages and vocabulary-building exercises.
  • NEW!  Reading Strategies are designed to give students the tools they need to better comprehend the materials they read. Activities include recognizing an author's point of view and synthesizing information from multiple readings.
  • The collocations exercises - based on the 179-million-word New Longman Corpus - reflect how academic words are actually used in real contexts.
  • Expanding the Topic sections provide additional reading, discussion, and writing activities that broaden students' understanding of vocabulary.
  • Strategy Practice chapters offer tips for dictionary usage, information about word roots and affixes, and methods for expanding students' word knowledge.