What is Etymology?

  • Etymology is the study of the true meaning (true origin) of words and their use.  

    Are you interested in increasing your vocabulary and scoring well on the English portion of the ACT  or   the SAT?  Do you find it hard to understand all of the words in your textbooks?   If you answered YES,  then Etymology is the class for you!  

    What is the purpose of this class?  

    To increase your knowledge and understanding of the English vocabulary.  This class will teach you   sophisticated words that will help you express yourself better in writing as well as in speaking.  

    What is the value of Etymology?  

    The value of increasing one’s vocabulary is boundless.  However, to list a few specifics, Etymology:

    1. Improves your reading speed and comprehension  
    2. Develops a finer choice and  use of the words in writing and speech
    3. Helps us to think more clearly and powerfully and to communicate more  effectively
    4. Gives us the ‘tools’ to understand unknown words encountered on ACT, SAT or placement tests

    How long is the class?  

    Etymology is a semester long class.  

    Who should I contact to learn more?

    Talk to your World Language teacher, guidance counselor, or World Language Department Chair-Jay Lawrence, jlawrenc@hinsdale86.org

    Who can take Etymology?

    Etymology is open to grades 9-12

    How do I register for the Etymology?

    Make sure to let your World Language teacher know you are interested in taking the course as well as your counselor. 

     Any questions?

    Contact World Language Department Chair-Jay Lawrence (jlawrenc@hinsdale86.org)