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Shape up Your English - Speak and write more fluent English and avoid common mistakes
by Betty Kirkpatrick, edited by Eleanor Abraham
Paperback. 234 x 165mm 384 pages. Contains humorous cartoons and two colour text. RRP £12.99
Shape Up Your English is a practical book to help you understand written and spoken English. It will help you to avoid common mistakes. With the help of sample conversations, you can see examples of idiomatic English.
With information presented in small chunks, this book presents helpful information. It is a very good reference book for learners.
Clear headings, a large type size and sub-headings, plus boxes of key information, are used throughout. The book presents the rules of grammar in an easier way than many more formal books. This book will help anyone trying to improve their conversational English. It is a good guide to use when using other learning English books also.
In order to communicate with a wide range of people in a wide range of situations in a fluent and natural way, students need a good grasp of English grammar, with a sound knowledge of spoken English and its pronunciation. Students also need a familiarity with English idioms. Idioms are phrases where the actual meaning of the phrase is different to the obvious meaning of the words it is made up of. And it is important to be able to use the phrases fluently to speak well in English.
We recommend you study this book in bite size chunks of 15 minutes a day.
EXPANDING YOUR SKILLS: Practice Spoken English; Listening skills; Grammar and usage Idioms; Punctuation; Writing and reading English
SPOKEN ENGLISH: Turn-taking; Non-verbal communication; Telephone conversations: Beginnings and endings Vocabulary
PRONUNCIATION: IPA Syllables and stresses; Vowels; Consonants; Sounds particular to English; Silent letters;
IDIOMS: Origins, Common idioms, Proverbs
CLICHES: A bit of colour - Cliches from idioms; Cliches from over-used phrases; Archaic cliches; Cliches as 'fillers'
EVERYDAY EXPRESSIONS: Interjections
SENTENCES: Minor sentences; Simple sentences; Compound sentences; Complex sentences; Types of sentence: statements; Answers; Clauses; Phrases
NOUNS AND PRONOUNS: Uncountable nouns; Plural forms of noun; Pronouns; Personal pronouns and sexist language
ADJECTIVES: Gradable and non-gradable adjectives; Position; Predicative; adjectives ; Colour adjectives; Emphatic adjectives; Interrogative adjectives ; Compound adjectives; Adjectives used as nouns; Adjective or adverb? Comparative forms of adjectives; Superlative forms
DETERMINERS: Referring and quantifying; Definite and indefinite articles ; Demonstrative determiners; Possessive determiners; Indefinite determiners; Number determiners; Determiners and nouns
ADVERBS: Modifying Types of adverb; Gradable and non-gradable
CONJUNCTIONS: Coordinating conjunctions; Subordinating conjunctions
VERBS: 'Doing' and
'being' words; Infinitive Tenses; Participles ; Gerund: Mood, Voice ,
Auxiliary verbs, Modal auxiliary verbs, Regular verbs, Irregular verbs ,
Verb agreement, Irregular verb list
PHRASAL VERBS: What's the problem? Position of the object Figurative or literal meaning? Complex phrasal verbs PREPOSITIONS: Simple prepositions; Complex prepositions; Common errors; Word pairs
CONFUSABLE WORDS: Problems, Homophones, Homographs, Homonyms, Which word?
PUNCTUATING PROPERLY: Preserving meaning; Apostrophe; Brackets; Capital letters; Colon; Semicolon; Comma; Dash; Exclamation mark Full stop Hyphen Question mark Quotation marks Three-dot ellipsis
WRITING :Plain English; Editing your Writing: a non-fiction composition; essays; letters, emails and texting
READING COMPREHENSION: Approaching a reading interpretation; What kind of questions? Preparing for a book report A writer's style; What are the themes involved? Narrative; Close reading; Literary terms
MAKING A SPEECH: Your audience; Mind map it; The speech; Making the speech;