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Norman Lewis
Word Power Made Easy – The Complete Handbook for Building a Superior Vocabulary

This time-tested classic—first published more than sixty years ago—has helped millions achieve mastery of English. Word Power Made Easy is the most effective vocabulary builder in the English language. It provides a simple, step-by-step method for increasing knowledge and mastery of written and spoken English. Arranged in thematic sections—on everything from how to flatter friends and insult enemies to how to talk precisely about science and medicine—the book is written in a lively, accessible, and often humorous style, presenting ideas and a method of broadening your knowledge as an integral part of vocabulary-building. The author delves into etymology to arm the reader to decode unfamiliar words, provides phonetic pronunciations, gives tips on avoiding common spelling errors, and offers useful sections on which fussy, old-fashioned grammar rules are valid and which are outdated or misguided and can be safely ignored. Loaded with helpful reviews, progress checks, and quizzes to reinforce the material, this classic resource has helped millions learn to speak and write with greater sophistication.

David Nunan
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: An Introduction

David Nunan’s dynamic learner-centered teaching style has informed and inspired countless TESOL educators around the world. In this fresh, straightforward introduction to teaching English to speakers of other languages he presents teaching techniques and procedures along with the underlying theory and principles.

Complex theories and research studies are explained in a clear and comprehensible, yet non-trivial, manner without trivializing them. Practical examples of how to develop teaching materials and tasks from sound principles provide rich illustrations of theoretical constructs. The content is presented through a lively variety of different textual genres including classroom vignettes showing language teaching in action, question and answer sessions, and opportunities to ‘eavesdrop’ on small group discussions among teachers and teachers in preparation. Readers get involved through engaging, interactive pedagogical features and opportunities for reflection and personal application. Each chapter follows the same format so that readers know what to expect as they work through the text. Key terms are defined in a Glossary at the end of the book. David Nunan’s own reflections and commentaries throughout enrich the direct, up-close style of the text.

Janet Hubbard-Brown
Chaucer: Celebrated Poet and Author (Makers of the Middle Ages and Renaissance)

Chaucer is best known for The Canterbury Tales, which recounted the stories of 23 pilgrims assembled at the Tabard Inn at Southwark.

Heather Lehr Wagner
The Medicis: A Ruling Dynasty (Makers of the Middle Ages and Renaissance)

This wealthy Italian family from Tuscany and Florence directed the destinies of Florence from the 15th century through 1737.

Robert Pasnau
Theories of Cognition in the Later Middle Ages

This book is a major contribution to the history of philosophy in the later medieval period (1250-1350). It focuses on cognitive theory, a subject of intense investigation during those years. In fact many of the issues that dominate philosophy of mind and epistemology today–intentionality, mental representation, skepticism, realism–were hotly debated in the later medieval period. This book offers a careful analysis of these debates, primarily through the work of Thomas Aquinas, Peter John Olivi, and Willam Ockham.

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