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14th July
2010
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Do you feel unprepared for everyday life in an English-speaking world? Then Real Listening & Speaking could be just what you need. Cambridge English Skills is a four-level skills series specially designed for adults and young adults wanting to communicate confidently in English wherever they are – at home, at work, travelling, studying or socialising with English-speaking friends.

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13th October
2009
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This book will be of special value to middle school students and high school students growing up in families where English is not the first language. Like other titles in Barron’s Painless series, the approach to learning is informal and user-friendly. The authors take students step by step through all parts of speech—nouns, pronouns, verbs, modifiers, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. Next they offer advice for improving vocabulary, spelling, and American English pronunciation, emphasizing the importance of active listening, and learning vowel sounds and R sounds, and recognizing silent letters and homophones. The book’s final three chapters concentrate on written English, advancing from correct punctuation and sentence structure to writing essays and stories. The book’s gradual, step-by-step approach makes the mastery of English a truly painless process for students whose first language is other than English.

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.

13th October
2009
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A Conversation Book 1: English in Everyday Life, by Tina Kasloff Carver and Sandra D. Fotinos-Riggs, helps beginning level students to develop conversation fluency. The student-centered text and audio teach the vocabulary and life skills necessary for natural communication. Each of the ten units focuses on an essential aspect of daily life such as food, shopping, and work. Activities ranging from role plays to group surveys promise a lively class and help students achieve the language competencies needed to succeed at school and work. With chants by Carolyn Graham.

New to this edition: *Easy-to-follow unit structure includes a Preview page, six 2-page lessons, Listening Practice, Review, and Assessment wrap-up.*Picture Dictionary openers introduce and contextualize the vocabulary of each lesson.*Model Conversations and Partner Interviews offer students opportunities to talk about their own lives.*Conversation Chants help students acquire the sounds, rhythms, and intonation of conversational English.*The Scope and Sequence highlights correlations to CASAS and state curricula.

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13th October
2009
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It is the perfect book for young adult students with minimal literacy skills in English.

Each of the sixteen stories, told through a sequence of ten pictures, deals with a particular cultural topic such as using the telephone, on-the-job responsibilities, household safety, male/female relationships, and shopping etiquette. The humour in the stories makes them fun to “read” and encourages discussion.

Students will:

  • Talk about the pictures
  • Number the pictures in sequencial order
  • Match the pictures with the printed word
  • Complete fill-in-the-blank activities
  • Write the story
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13th October
2009
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Sequences: Picture Stories for ESL is a reproducible book for beginner ESL students. It includes 60 units. Each unit contains a drawings page. On each drawings page there is a sequence of six drawings, mostly without words or captions. The drawings show the sequence of events that go with a particular activity, such as going grocery shopping or visiting a doctor. Your students, with your input when necessary, identify the items and actions in the drawings. Each drawings page is complimented by a page of vocabulary building exercises.

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29th September
2009
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Living Language experts introduce Easy English, a course that teaches basic English for speakers of all languages, and combines a book and audio for a comprehensive introduction to English. It provides everything you need to get started learning English today. Key features of the language course include:

• 400 Illustrations — learn English easily by association
• 1 Book
• 3 Compact Discs — learn English at home or anywhere you can play a CD!

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