Wordscape: Essential Vocabulary for Academic Reading and Writing is a vocabulary textbook and workbook designed for use in the School of Political Science and Economics at Waseda University.
The book is intended as a supplement to the Language, Economics, and Politics: 12 Perspectives textbook used in Waseda University’s School of Political Science and Economics. While that volume concentrates on the reading of extended texts and discussion of related points, this book focuses primarily on vocabulary. Knowledge of English vocabulary is central to using the language effectively, whether actively or passively, and the relative lack of systematicity in the English word stock means that considerable time and effort must be devoted to word study if fluency is to be achieved. This book therefore offers an opportunity to learn new words in context and through deliberate practice.
The Wordscape website contains answers to the exercises in the textbook as well as columns on various aspects of English vocabulary and other useful information.