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13th October
2009
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Designed for use in middle school and high school classrooms, as well as at home, books in this series transform subjects that are normally dreaded by many students. Painless books take light-hearted approaches to their subjects, while addressing topics that classroom texts never get to. Painless Speaking explores the uniquely human act of oral communication, including elements in our culture that shape the way we speak. It explores finding one’s voice, understanding the basic unit of speech communication (an utterance), learning the art of conversation, reading aloud from fiction and nonfiction texts, and instruction in public speaking, which entails composing, practicing, and delivering a speech. Students will find guidelines for self-evaluation of a public speech.

13th October
2009
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The author points out ways in which recognizing sound and letter patterns makes spelling easier. Also important are recognition of diphthongs, silent letters, compound and abbreviated words, contractions, homophones, homographs, prefixes, suffixes, and base words. “Brain tickler” problems challenge students’ imaginations and test their learning progress.

Barron’s popular Painless Series of study guides for middle school and high school students offer a lighthearted, often humorous approach to their subjects, transforming details that might once have seemed boring or difficult into a series of interesting and mentally challenging ideas. Most titles in the series feature many fun-to-solve “Brain Tickler” problems with answers at the end of each chapter.

13th October
2009
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Updated with many new references, this entertaining book advises students on ways to enliven their essay assignments with vivid images, avoid the dull passive voice, and construct smooth, well-crafted sentences that flow together to create unified themes. Short quizzes called “Brain Ticklers” appear throughout the text. Titles in Barron’s Painless Series are written especially for middle school and high school students who are having a difficult time with a specific subject. In many cases, a student is confused by the subject’s complexity and details. Still other students simply finds a subject uninteresting, an attitude that usually results in lower grades. Painless titles offer informal, student-friendly approaches to each subject, emphasizing interesting details, supplementing the text with amusing insights, and outlining potential pitfalls clearly and step by step. Students begin to understand how disparate details all fit together to form a clear picture. Timelines, ideas for interesting projects, and “Brain Tickler” quizzes in many of these titles help to take the pain out of study and improve each student’s grades.

13th October
2009
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This brand-new addition to Barron’s Painless series is focused to meet the needs of middle school and high school students. The author’s friendly, informal narrative style takes the drudgery out of students’ vocabulary building, which is a prerequisite for their academic achievement and future success in college and beyond. Each of 24 chapters introduces 15 new words, first placing the words in a brief essay that allows students to comprehend them in a given context. “Brain Tickler” questions that follow challenge students and help them determine whether they have gained some mastery of word usage. Sidebars appear on many pages with titles such as “Major Mistake Territory,” alerting students to possible pitfalls and problems involving correct understanding of word meanings and normal usage. Each chapter concludes with an “On Your Own” section, which invites students to use the target vocabulary list within the context of their own everyday speech. Morbid. . . furtively . . . predecessor . . . infer . . . are typical examples of words students will learn to use with ease. The book’s vocabulary is neither too easy nor too arcane—focusing instead on words that students should have at their command in high-school and by the time they enter college.

29th September
2009
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A Year in the Life of an ESL Student is an essential addition to the advanced level ESL classroom. By studying the varied and interesting dialogues and completeing the challenging exercises, students will dramatically improve their comprehension and usage of everyday idioms and advanced vocabulary.

The book follows Andre, a student from Switzerland, as he spends a year completing his English studies at a private language school in North America: from his arrival at the airport, to getting around the city, to attending school, to hanging out with his classmates. All of the situations and corresponding language are real and directly relevant to adult ESL students.

So join Andre on his one-year adventure. It’s about to begin just outside the airport terminal.

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23rd September
2009
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Here you will find many links for extra grammar practice at the advanced level.

http://www.rong-chang.com/ex/contents.htm

11th September
2009
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Study English with Quizzes, Crossword Puzzles and other activities for students of English as a second language.

Great online practice for advanced learners.

11th September
2009
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At english-test.net you can not only test but also improve your English. At the same time you can meet new people, exchange experiences on how to learn languages and a whole lot more. You will find hundreds of interactive grammar and vocabulary tests as well as other useful resources such as short stories, articles and interviews with business people.

3rd September
2009
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Product Description
Learning to speak clear, persuasive English in business situations presents a challenge for many ESL (English as a Second Language) students. Based on the popular Ultimate advanced-level courses, Business English helps professionals take their English language learning to the next level so that they can apply those skills to real-world situations—in the workplace, at school, and even at home.
Twenty lessons help students improve their English through true-to-life dialogues, practical idiomatic expressions, and examples of grammar and vocabulary usage. Extensive cultural notes describe business culture in America, as well as the ins and outs of daily American life. Four 60-minute CDs with dialogues from each lesson complete the package and add value to this information-packed program! Plus, an extensive appendix includes a guide to English grammar, vocabulary, and list of industry-specific terms.

Product Description

Learning to speak clear, persuasive English in business situations presents a challenge for many ESL (English as a Second Language) students. Based on the popular Ultimate advanced-level courses, Business English helps professionals take their English language learning to the next level so that they can apply those skills to real-world situations—in the workplace, at school, and even at home.

Twenty lessons help students improve their English through true-to-life dialogues, practical idiomatic expressions, and examples of grammar and vocabulary usage. Extensive cultural notes describe business culture in America, as well as the ins and outs of daily American life. Four 60-minute CDs with dialogues from each lesson complete the package and add value to this information-packed program! Plus, an extensive appendix includes a guide to English grammar, vocabulary, and list of industry-specific terms.

2nd September
2009
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Product Description
Focused especially to fit the needs of ESL students, this handbook for communicating in business situations describes a wide variety of business writings, and recommends appropriate styles and formats for each. Samples and instruction cover sales and public relations letters, reports and proposals, resumes, job applications, and much more. A section on usage reviews basics of English grammar, emphasizing sentence construction and verb forms. Students of English as a second language who plan to do business in North America can become confused by jargon and formalisms that sometimes invade business correspondence. Author Andrea Geffner’s advice to them is to relax and stop worrying about sounding “business-like” or “official.” Correct but relaxed English is always preferable. This book will meet the needs of all ESL students–especially those in business schools–but can also serve as a general quick reference guide in any business office.

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