An Advanced English Practice Course

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LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

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James Day
Advanced English Practice Course

An Advanced English Practice Course – The aims and scope of this course
This course has three aims. The students using it will probably have done anything up to six years’ fairly intensive study of English at school and possibly at university. There are, however, certain mistakes which even advanced students make again and again. These mistakes vary from nationality to nationality, and largely depend on the mother tongue of the students.

The first aim of the course is remedial. It tries to demonstrate how native English writers use certain tricky structures that overseas students sometimes mismanage, and then gives them practice in the correct use of those structures.

The second aim is to improve the students’ powers of self-expression by expanding their vocabulary and repertoire of structures.

The third is to stimulate them, through reading and discussion of sometimes provocative material, to think about and criticise both the form and the content of the passages that have been chosen to illustrate the structures practised.

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Laurie E. Rozakis
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Grammar and Style

You’re no idiot, of course. You’ve probably written your share of book reports,, term papers, e-mails, and thank you notes. The rules of writing can be confusing, however, and might result in final drafts riddled with gaffes, typos, and errors!The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Grammar and Style, Second Edition, will take you step by step through the basics of spelling, punctuation, and sentence formation to help you become an effective communicator of the written word! In this revised and updated Complete Idiot’s Guide, you get:

Explanations of writing styles including exposition, narration, argumentation, and description.

Definitions of such writing mistakes as dangling modifiers, mixed metaphors, and split infinitives–and how to avoid them.

Examples of model documents such as resumes, cover letters, and thank you notes.

The differences between drafting a business letter and crafting a personal one.

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