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    1. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High
    by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler, Stephen R. Covey
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    Asin: 0071401946
    Catlog: Book (2002-06-18)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 797
    Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    "Most books make promises. This one delivers. These skills have not only helped us to change the culture of our company, but have also generated new techniques for working together in ways that enabled us to win the largest contract in our industry's history."--Dain M. Hancock, President, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

    A powerful, seven-step approach to handling difficult conversations with confidence and skill

    "Crucial" conversations are interpersonal exchanges at work or at home that we dread having but know we cannot avoid. How do you say what needs to be said while avoiding an argument with a boss, child, or relationship partner? Crucial Conversations offers readers a proven seven-point strategy for achieving their goals in all those emotionally, psychologically, or legally charged situations that can arise in their professional and personal lives. Based on the authors' highly popular DialogueSmart training seminars, the techniques are geared toward getting people to lower their defenses, creating mutual respect and understanding, increasing emotional safety, and encouraging freedom of expression. Among other things, readers also learn about the four main factors that characterize crucial conversations, and they get a powerful six-minute mastery technique that prepares them to work through any highimpact situation with confidence.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding tool that gets results!
    As a coach to both individuals and groups, I see the very costly problems in the workplace that result from the important conversations that are not occurring because they are too hard or scary. The cost includes harm to relationships, careers and the bottom line. Both executives and high performance teams have been derailed by not addressing the dead elephants in the room. Crucial Conversations is absolutely the best book on the subject of difficult and critical communication. The book is very well organized, presenting clear steps to create an environment in which the hard conversation can happen. There are so many tools in this book that if it were not so well organized and presented in stages, the reader would be overwhelmed. The authors handle this very well - you can tell there was experience and expertise in adult learning informing the structure of the book. Why my clients and I become so excited about the book is its immediate results. You can start using the concepts and skills before you have finished the book! The foundations of making the environment safe - even for someone you may not like or respect is particularly effective. I have been very pleased with the results I have experienced - as well as my clients. Every leader should have this book on their bookshelf!

    A bonus to readers is the continued support from the authors on their website described in the book. There is a wealth of additional information, interactive reviews, assessments and even video vignettes that illustrate the learning points with relevance and humor. For those truly smitten, there are training courses available to assist in obtaining personal mastery or even to teach the material if desired. I recommend this book and Primal Leadership to top-level executives in the federal government and private sector. I, and they, have never been disappointed at the difference it has made. Enjoy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Crucial Conversations - Crucial Results
    I have read Crucial Conversations cover to cover 4 times now. The results in my business and my marriage have been amazing. The book is well written and easy to understand. It teaches step by step skills to help you master the content. Before reading this book, I thought influential people possessed a natural ability to effectively handle conflict. After reading the book, I now realize that there are specific skill sets that anyone can learn (and master) to effectively deal with these "High Stake," "Strong Emotions," and "Opposing Opinion" conversations.

    My confidence and productivity has increased in every area of my life (My business has increased by 30%-50% since I read the book the first time) and I am now effectively handling conversations with my wife that once caused constant upset.

    I would recommend this book for anyone 1) wanting increased results and 2) willing to have a profound breakthrough in how they communicate. It has made a profound difference for me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Packed With Knowledge!
    Wanna argue? Nope. Then you need Kerry Patterson and his co-writers, who describe techniques for effective negotiation and conflict resolution in the context of important, potentially life-changing conversations. Examples include talking yourself into a promotion, bringing up important information at meetings and working out problems with your spouse. Some tips will sound familiar, such as knowing what you really want and being open to alternatives. However, the book also highlights some themes that are often forgotten in negotiations, such as making it safe for others to express their true feelings and desires. The authors explain how to avoid getting forced into false either-or choices and tell you how to remain alert for unstated alternatives or possibilities. This lively book includes many examples drawn from business and personal relationships. We recommend it in particular to those are new to negotiations and conflict resolution, though it teaches solid skills that any manager - or any marriage partner, for that matter - could benefit from mastering.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent content, illustrated with clear diagrams
    I bought this book after I heard Dr. Glickman, the author of Optimal Thinking-How To Be Your Best Self, recommend it during an Optimal Thinking seminar. When I read that Dr. Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, recommended this book too I knew that this was going to be a life-changing book for me. I was right. This book has given me a formula for handling myself and others correctly during tough interactions. I am embarrassed to admit that I sometimes yelled and degraded people when I did not get what I wanted from them. Now I use optimal thinking to put my best self in charge, start with heart, look for safety problems, make it safe, retrace my path, and take the other steps recommended in this book. The steps are simple and clear. I am not perfect at them yet, and might never be, but I have already come a long way. You can't go wrong with this book, so press the "Buy" button right now, and if you want to optimize your effectiveness in all areas of life, buy the other books I mentioned.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Very basic common sense!
    I was lead to believe there would be some ground beaking information in this book but it's really just common sense. I think everyone knows, when they're thinking straight, that just being true to yourself, honest, and respectfull of other people while holding to your point of view is the only way to truly get things done. And this is basically all this book says. ... Read more

    2. Learn in Your Car Spanish: The Complete Language Course : 3 Level Set (Learn in Your Car)
    by Henry N. Raymond
    list price: $49.95
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    Asin: 1591252075
    Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
    Publisher: Penton Overseas
    Sales Rank: 936
    Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars This Set is Work, but Worth It
    If you are serious about learning Spanish, this will help you. However, it moves too fast to be your ONLY method of learning. You also need a beginning book or beginning class. This helps you listen for understanding and pronunciation. It starts with words and short phrases and moves quickly to longer sentences. Each lesson builds on the ones before, with concepts adding quickly. You hear it first in English, then there is a pause and you try to say it in Spanish. Then you hear it twice in Spanish, with a pause each time for you to attempt it. You learn much faster if you do try to pronounce it, as they recommend. Cut it off in heavy traffic, it requires concentration! I've been using it for a year, and have completed 2 of the 3 levels. My comprehension and pronunciation have improved tremendously as a result!

    5-0 out of 5 stars For the language student, not the traveler
    This series is formatted differently from other beginning language courses, such as those from Living Language and Berlitz. It's not a series of phrases designed for the traveler, but a more complete course for people who have aspirations of fluency. Hence, I'd recommend this course to anyone who was serious about learning the Spanish language, but not to the occasional traveler. Plan on spending several months going over the material.

    The early part of the course involves a considerable amount of basic vocabulary. Sentences and phrases come later. Once they do, they build upon each other quickly, so you'll be glad you learned the vocabulary. The advantage of this approach is that when the sentences come, you have a better chance of understanding and remembering them. The downside is that you really have to force yourself thru the early part of the course without any sense that you're getting anywhere.

    The material is perfectly suited to anyone with a long commute. What's needed is about 45 minutes per day of uninterrupted listening -- over and over and over and over. You don't even need to listen that hard. It's more like singing along with the radio. Just the constant repetition, with you repeating the words and phrases, is enough to implant the material in your brain. After a while, you'll know the language and not know how you know it.

    One great advantage of the presentation over other similar courses is that there is a slight pause between the English speaker and the Spanish translation. This pause allows you to say the Spanish word or phrase before the Spanish speaker, if you know it. This seemingly insignificant detail is actually critical for learning. Other courses put the Spanish translation immediately after the English speaker, without a pause, and you never really build the kind of recall that you need. Another advantage of the course is that it presents both Spanish and Latin American versions of words and phrases, when there is a difference.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The more you practice, the better it gets!
    Your Spanish, that is!

    I started learning Spanish about 8 1/2 weeks ago using another set of CDs and a book as well as this set, but I have gradually switched over to using this set of CDs alone and am currently working on the 8th of the 9 CDs.

    This set works for me, because:

    1) It is great for developing your accent. Constant repetition developes the right muscles in your mouth, tongue and lips for speaking Spanish. At first I really struggled with certain sounds, but by striving to mimic the speaker, I have really come a long way. Pronouncing words and phrases correctly and fluently is incredibly important if you want to speak decent Spanish, and this is one of the biggest strengths of this course. You start off just trying to get each word right, then getting whole phrases and sentences exactly as spoken, with all the accents in the right place, 'r's trilled, and vowels elided as required.

    2) Constant repetition of the pattern sentences helps to reprogram your brain in Spanish without any real effort on your part. Sometimes I will drive for long distances repeating every phrase 3 times while my brain is elsewhere, but find that later in the day those same phrases are running through my brain and that I am wanting to speak to English speakers in Spanish, which shows that the program is definitely doing its job.

    3) I find myself making up original Spanish sentences in my head, based on the pattern sentences.

    All these changes have occurred in the last few weeks, without any effort on my part and without me devoting any special time to the projects, except time when driving, walking, or lying in bed with a Walkman type CD player. Now I am over the worst bumps in starting to learn Spanish. I know the 30 most common verbs, even if not fluent in all their tenses, I know the 20 or 30 most common prepositions, how to use reflexive verbs, the numbers, the days of the week, the months, the seasons of the year, the weather, lots of nouns and adjectives, the use of many idioms with the verb 'tenir', the mysteries of the verb 'haber' , several ways to say 'excuse me', and, most important of all, how to ask someone to speak more slowly, or "mas despacio", as we Hispanophones like to say.

    The materials are extremely well organized, though you do not need to know this, and new concepts and vocabulary are introduced in a logical order a teaspoonful at a time, so that you never feel you are learning vocabulary or grammar, yet you are speaking Spanish, so you must be digesting something.

    ( I realised how well organized the materials were when I foolishly skipped Level 2 discs II and III to go to Level 3 disc I and found I was struggling with new material overload.)

    I am not sure that there is any correct or incorrect way to use these discs, but my method is to play each disc 10-12 times, first just listening a few times and repeating in my head, but not aloud, then listening and repeating, and finally giving the translation in Spanish before hearing the Spanish version. When I am heartily sick of a disc, whether or not I know everything on it, I move on to the next disc. When I have completed all, I will go back, revise, and reinforce my knowledge of all the materials--at least that is the plan.

    I really recommend this course. You have to put in the work of repeating phrases, but that is about it. After that you can just open your mouth and let the Spanish flow.

    Obviously the course will not give you every word or phrase you need, but you can use an online translator to make up the sentences you really feel you want and you will have enough knowledge by now to know if the translation program has got it right, and to be able to edit any errors or misunderstandings.

    *** Addendum 2/24/04

    Soon after writing the above, after about 9 weeks with the CDs, I made my first trip to a Spanish speaking country with wonderful results. Mostly I avoided being around English speaking people and initially I was pretty tongue tied, but by the end of three days I was starting conversations with strangers, ordering meals without reference to the menu, and had learned almost enough Spanish to get a job as a soap opera writer in Spanish. By the time I left I did not want to stop speaking Spanish and in fact continued on the plane and in the airport in Miami. I was even thinking and dreaming in Spanish, for goodness sake.

    Since my return I have had conversations with Spanish speaking people I have met, and it is amazing how friendly they become when you are trying to speak their language, however badly.

    Don't get the impression that I am now miraculously fluent in Spanish. My Spanish is still pathetically bad, but I am still working with the CDs as I drive and improving all the time.

    Maybe there are other better courses for learning Spanish, but all I can say is that this one has hit the spot for me.

    1-0 out of 5 stars waaayyyy too much chit chatting......
    This is very poorly put together. Much too much chit chatting (in English). No real lessons. Have to listen to too much chatter and the sound has very poor he was talking into a tape recorder.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not Good
    This is definitely not for beginners. It does not "teach" you any basics. I've listened to the first tape ~6 times and I've learned about 10 words. I would not recommend this to anyone. ... Read more

    3. Behind the Wheel Spanish (8 CDs/Complete Illustrated Text & Tapescript)
    by Mark Frobose
    list price: $69.00
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    Asin: 1893564428
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-07)
    Publisher: Language Dynamics
    Sales Rank: 8093
    Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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    At last a Spanish CD course which requires no reading and which teaches you to actually speak Spanish in a minimum of time and effort. The course also comes complete with a complete 207 page illustrated text with tapescript, same page answer keys and English translations for home review. Designed by the experts at Language Dynamics, 'Behind The Wheel Spanish For Your Car' takes the learner form basic to intermediate level Spanish without the guesswork and pain usually associated with language learning. An expert English speaking instructor talks you through these tapes in English while a trained professional native Latin American Spanish speaker teaches you Spanish the way it is really spoken.

    Behind The Wheel Spanish For Your Car is the ideal way to learn Spanish while you drive because there is no confusion, no reading, no looking up meanings, and no guessing. It's all on the tapes. Use your commute time to effectively learn Spanish with this delightful course whose method will have you speaking your first words in Spanish within minutes of receiving your course, and enjoying it. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good... but Behind the Wheel?
    This is a pretty good course. I've learned some Spanish and I am just on CD 2. But, the book does not match the cd's very well. Some of the words taught on the tape are not the same words (are they synonyms?) in the book. I think it was originally just a book and tapes, not meant really for learning behind the wheel and they just copied the tapes to CD (see Conversational Spanish in Nothing Flat).
    There are 2 tracks on each cd, each about 30 min long (the front and back of each tape) and if you want to repeat a section of audio ('repetition is the key to learning' the instructor tells us), you have to >> or << the cd player - not the easiest or safest thing to do while driving. And if you are not careful, you are back at the beginning of a track. Not much fun when you are 15 minutes into a 30 minute track and the only way to get back is to hold down the >> key...

    If they had taken just a little time and divided each tape into about twenty 3 minute tracks so that the driver could review more easily, it would be so much better.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great For Behind the Wheel
    This is an amazingly helpful car Spanish course. I've learned a ton of Spanish already and I am only on CD 2. Fortunately, the book matches the cd's perfectly for home review and there is even a word for word tapescript and and answer keys (and English translations - what a Godsend) on the same page as the exercises..
    I received the multi-track version of this set but I feel that with the built in review that the single track version would work just fine in the car as well. I rarely if ever use the multi-tracks because the course is designed to be 'real time' which means you don't have to artificially speed it up or slow it down. Just keep playing the CDs and you'll learn to speak Spanish.
    My set has 6 tracks per CD and they are beautifully produced.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Multiple Tracks at Last!!
    I am and continue to be a big fan of Language Dynamics, their method and above all, the Behind the Wheel Series.
    I am delighted to have purchased the newer version of Behind the Wheel Spanish 8 CD with text which has
    Multiple Tracks and is completely edited with no reference to tapes whatsoever.
    The former course was good but this one is great since I can now sail from lesson to lesson with my track changer and still enjoy the award winning voices and accents that have made this course an all time favorite.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Too much baggage
    The content gets the stars, the presentation loses them. To have to hear on the second side of the 8th CD the presenter say for the n-teenth time "listener, please remember to stop the tape and repeat..." It gets painful to hear the instructions over and over and over and over and over (get it) again. Also, trying to rewind the CD while driving doesn't work. CD should have been divided into many more tracks than 2 per CD. I got through all 8, used it to break up Pimsleur Spanish I and II, every time I finished a Pimsleur CD I popped one of these in and worked on a side for a while, then went back to Pimsleur. At >55 am learning that learning a language isn't for the instant gratification folks...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simplifies and Speeds Up Speaking Spanish
    I bought Behind the Wheel Spanish upon the recommendation of a friend who had heard an interview with Mark (the founder of Language Dynamics) while on business in California on a radio program called LA Insight with Skip Kelly. She was so impressed that she bought the course right away and learned to speak Spanish right away as well. About a month ago I saw Mark's interview here in New York on Fox 5's 'Good Day New York' where I was instantly impressed by his method to teaching foreign languages in a simple and fast way.
    Seeing and hearing this and having her glowing recommdation before me daily compelled me to buy the course as well. The course performed for me just like it did for her (of course, I had to PRACTICE) but it was well worth because now I can speak Spanish.
    Below are my impressions of what makes Behind the Wheel Spanish so effective at making novice learners like myself totally conversational in just a few weeks:
    1. The product has superb clarity of voices and exudes a spontaneity which makes learning Spanish fun. Thanks to this, you feel an affinity for the course and actually enjoy it.
    Big plus.
    2. The fast and easy to learn design of the course, beginning with the immediate gratification you feel when you conclude your first one half hour session with the CDs speaking sentences in Spanish that Spanish speakers understand 10 minutes later on the street.
    3. The 'natural' way you just seem to pick up Spanish without having to learn grammar or reviewing. No need to go back. It's all 'built in' the course. Just keep playing it over and over, wherever you are.
    4. The joy of hearing a Spanish speakers voice that is sooo
    good that every Spanish speaker you bring to listen to your CDs says that 'This guy's Spanish is excellent' .
    5. The thrill of being able to express what you really feel in 100 different ways because you know own a linguistic blueprint, a template that you can manipulate over and over again in different and personal ways while increasing your fluency.
    6. The satisfaction that comes from knowing that instead of wasting your time doing nothing in your car, while jogging, shopping, walking, etc ... that you are becoming fluent in Spanish. And this is confirmed by native Spanish speakers with whom you interact daily with whom you share what you have learned from your course.
    7. Getting the past, present and future along with idioms all in the same course.
    8. Having a complete illustrated text with answer keys on the same page for home or office review.
    Behind the Wheel Spanish really simplifies and speeds up learning Spanish. ... Read more

    4. Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction
    by Isabel L., Ph.D Beck, Margaret G. McKeown, Linda Kucan, Isabel L. Beck
    list price: $19.00
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    Asin: 1572307536
    Catlog: Book (2002-03-20)
    Publisher: Guilford Press
    Sales Rank: 8100
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    Exciting and engaging vocabulary instruction can set students on the path to a lifelong fascination with words. This book provides a research-based framework and practical strategies for vocabulary development with children from the earliest grades through high school. The authors emphasize instruction that offers rich information about words and their uses and enhances students' language comprehension and production. Teachers are guided in selecting words for instruction; developing student-friendly explanations of new words; creating meaningful learning activities; and getting students involved in thinking about, using, and noticing new words both within and outside the classroom. Many concrete examples, sample classroom dialogues, and exercises for teachers bring the material to life. Helpful appendices include suggestions for trade books that help children enlarge their vocabulary and/or have fun with different aspects of words.
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    5. The American Accent Guide, Second Edition: A Complete and Comprehensive Course on the Pronunciation and Speaking Style of American English for Individuals of All Language Backgrounds / book and 8 CDs
    by Beverly A. Lujan
    list price: $99.00
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    Asin: 0963413945
    Catlog: Book (2004-01)
    Publisher: Lingual Arts
    Sales Rank: 20815
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This highly sought after program with an international following provides thorough instruction on the intonation, stress, rhythm, and the sounds that work together to give American English its distinct "accent".

    Produced by a speech-language pathologist with expertise at training all components of American English speech, this program imparts a wealth of insights and techniques, accompanied by clear graphics.

    This new edition includes 8 CDs featuring a variety ofmale and female voices, and more conversational exercises. Interactive exercises use everyday language of social-casual to professional-business-technical situations.

    The American Accent Guide is highly relevant to speakers of all language backgrounds who want to attain mastery on all aspects of English as commonly spoken in North America. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars most comprehensive and accurate I've found
    See my review on the 1st edition for a comparative analysis of this book with others. (I believe this edition is basically a superset of the last one, but they don't seem to be linked on amazon, so I'm doing it myself.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The knowledge I get is matchless.
    This gem provides me the complete guidance to the correct sounds that Americans speak and the practical and easy steps to follow. I improve not only my speaking, but my listening also.

    Gradually, I notice myself having more fun and more confidence when facing Americans. Hardly hear their embarrassing "I-beg-your-pardon?" responses anymore.

    Supun Tiptipakorn
    Ph.D. student (Electrical Engineering)
    The University of Texas, Arlington

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Real American Accent!!!!
    I am from Brazil. I come to the USA twice a year in order to practice my English and visit my dear friends as well. They live in Pennysylvania. I really like the eastern USA accent. Anyway, everytime I come here I buy a book which is on American Accent.
    I was really fortunate this year because I got The American Accent Guide 2nd Edition which is just awesome.
    I'm enjoying soooo much studying it and using the CDs,which the sound quality is superb and totally understandable.
    The more I study it , the more I like it. I have improved my pronunciation and intelligibility of my English using this new 2nd Edition by Beverly A. Lujan.
    The American Accent Guide 2nd Edition is a great tool for anyone who wants to learn the REAL AMERICAN ACCENT. It is very well written and hard to put down once you start studying

    I can highly recommend this SUPERB 2nd Edition to anyone who wants to improve their american accent.

    Jorge Alves Nunes
    Brazil ... Read more

    6. Literacy for the 21st Century (3rd Edition)
    by Gail E. Tompkins
    list price: $84.00
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    Asin: 0130985902
    Catlog: Book (2002-02-28)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 60628
    Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best reading methods textbook I've found
    I teach a course in elementary reading methods for undergraduate education students. This is the third textbook I've tried, and it is excellent! It has what students need to know about the theory and practice of teaching reading, written in a very readable, non-overwhelming way. Plus it has lots of practical teaching ideas. Our lab school saw it and ordered several copies for its teachers also. I highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have!!
    I was first introduced to this book in one of my graduate literacy courses and I have been hooked every since. The teachers at my school pass it around constantly looking for ideas. My favorite aspect of this boks is the fact that there are real teachers giving real examples of what works in their classrooms. There are no strategies that seem too hard implement in your classroom, because the layout is right there!! You know it can be done and it words because the examples in the book are proof! You don't feel like you are reading about some ideal or Utopia of a classroom. You are reading about REAL classrooms. I absolutely love it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for teachers
    This is an excellent resource. It is concise and contains a wealth of information. I teach second grade and am working on a Master's degree in literacy. I am finding this book to be invaluable. Much of the information is sorted into charts for easy referencing. So many of the books I have read lately seem to ramble on and on. This book makes it's point and moves on to other salient information. I get rid of so many of the professional books I purchase after I read them. This one is a keeper. It is very pertinent to the current trend in improving the literacy of our children.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Chock-full of good information!
    We dived right into this book in our Teaching Reading credential course. This book is worth the price just for the internet resources (web sites, discussion boards, etc.) alone! Includes a great appendix which defines key terms, such as book talks, word webs, readers' theatre, etc. These are the "buzzwords" that are important for the RICA examination. A wonderful resource!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Balanced Approach
    This book is a great resource. Ms. Thompson believes that it is imperative that teachers offer students a comprehensive, balanced approach. She reasons that one should mix whole language with phonics. This resource is very readable and practical, and not riddled with lofty, educational jargon. ... Read more

    7. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss what Matters Most
    by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen, Roger Fisher
    list price: $14.00
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    Asin: 014028852X
    Catlog: Book (2000-04)
    Publisher: Penguin Putnam
    Sales Rank: 1234
    Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Members of the Harvard Negotiation Project--which brought you the mega-bestseller Getting to YES--show you how to handle your most difficult conversations with confidence and skill.

    Whether you're dealing with an underperforming employee, disagreeing with your spouse about money or child-rearing, negotiating with a difficult client, or simply saying "no," or "I'm sorry," or "I love you," we attempt or avoid difficult conversations every day. Based on fifteen years of research at the Harvard Negotiation Project, Difficult Conversations walks you through a step-by-step proven approach to having your toughest conversations with less stress and more success. You will learn:
    how to start the conversation without defensiveness
    why what is not said is as important as what is
    ways of keeping and regaining your balance in the face of attacks and accusations
    how to decipher the underlying structure of every difficult conversation

    Filled with examples from everyday life, Difficult Conversations will help you on the job, at home, or out in the world. It is a book you will turn to again and again for advice, practical skills, and reassurance.

    "Does this book deliver on [its] promise of an effective way through sticky situations, whether 'with your baby sitter or your biggest client'? It does."-- The New York Times

    "These talented communicators blend a daunting array of disciplines into highly readable and practical advice."-- Booklist

    "Brilliant. . . . I've already re-read most of it. I'm using it. What more could a reader ask?"-- Tom Peters

    "Emotional Intelligence applied to life's tough moments."-- Daniel Goleman
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Difficult Conversions
    Stone, Patton and Bruce have written a very useful and critical work on the dynamics of all conversations - the ones we've had and regret; the ones we don't have, because they seem too risky; and the ones we need to have to enhance our personal and professional relationships. They argue that there are three categories of conversations, which encompass every aspect of what transpires in our daily exchanges. They are: (1) The "what happened?" conversation (2) The feelings conversation and (3) The identity conversation. We can become more skilled and efficient in our conversations, if we begin to check our often flawed assumptions about what happened, how we're feeling and how our self-perceptions impact our understanding of what others say. Typically, we assume we are right and others are wrong, we assume the intentions of others, we don't treat feelings as facts, and we associate our identities too closely with the contexts of specific conflicts. To have productive difficult conversations, we need to change the way we talk to ourselves and how we approach our communications with others.

    One can't help wondering, however, if the only people reading this book are already self-actualized or so well on their way that they are, in fact, the best communicators among us. The authors' failed to address the lingering doubt left with the critical, reflective reader: that most difficult conversations are the fruits of difficult people, who, unless they read this book, have little capacity or motivation to be anything but difficult. In any case, Difficult Conversations is mostly devoted to explaining and analyzing the three conversations and how one can use these categories to have more productive exchanges. The book has many useful graphic organizers, including a checklist and a roadmap for engaging in difficult conversations.

    In effect, Stone and his colleagues argue that we must shift from a perspective of "knowing" to "learning". Meaningful conversations can take place when we don't permit our assumptions to rule the moment, rather when we take control by being curious, open, and self-aware. To find out what happened, we need to explore each other's stories, separate intent from impact, abandon the blame framework, and to consider all conflicts as a system ("the contribution system"), to which every party has contributed in some way. They argue that the blame framework is a clue that feelings are playing a significant role in a conflict. Feelings often get translated into judgements, attributions, characterizations, or solutions. The key to managing feelings is to treat them as facts by acknowledging them, and considering how they are part of the problem and exploring them fully. All too often our feelings emerge from the sense that our identity is somehow at stake. Most of us frame our identities around one or all of three core themes: competence, virtue, or worthiness. When we feel any of these is questioned, we revert to fight or flight. We can best manage the identity issue by understanding ourselves as complex, by knowing we make mistakes, by acknowledging that our intentions are not simple, and by recognizing that all parties contribute to problems. The "learning" must begin within ourselves before we can understand issues or problems with others.

    We can affect our own conversational "learning" by engaging in "the third story" conversation, which requires us to consider how a third party would describe and analyze the situation. This sets up a process of internal dialogue, which is necessary to check our own perceptions, feelings, and interests. Further, the authors encourage listening from the inside out, speaking for yourself, and taking the initiative. While the book combines theory, examples, and description, it is also a very handy guide to improving one's communication style in the workplace or at home.

    5-0 out of 5 stars very highly recommended
    When I first picked up this book, I wasn't very optimistic about its content. I've got a rather solid background in conflict resolution and communication, have even taught courses in listening and small group communication. I assumed the book would be more of the same -- here's where you should nod, here's how you reflect, etc.

    I was pleased to find that I had misjudged the authors. Reading this book and truly incorporating its advice and philosophies can be a life-changing experience. The content here goes beyond technique and finds firm ground (surprisingly) in speaking about inner issues that arise during difficult conversations -- and it manages to do so without coming off as didactic or flakey. In fact, I would have to say that this is the first "self-help" book that didn't make me a little squirmy and rebellious -- I soaked up the information and found myself relying on the content in real life on a daily basis, and right away.

    I also have found myself evangelizing the book to a great extent, and have recommended it to friends I know who are having difficulty with family members, bosses, their children their neighbors -- as well as to a number of my clients who have expressed difficulty in managing up and/or down.

    There's something of value for just about anyone here -- even if you are already well-versed in communication and negotiation skills.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Concepts and techniques that work
    I find this book to be helpful because I have had a life-long struggle with difficult conversations. The section about understanding what is said and unsaid is a key piece of information which has given me greater awareness. The procedures require commitment and practice. Don't expect to get it right the first time or every time. I put an extra piece of information into practice every few days. I would also recommend another book, Crucial Conversations for another perspective on emotionally charged conversations, and Optimal Thinking: How To Be Your Best Self to learn how to make the most of any situation.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Too obvious...what we need is a difficult relationships book
    The stuff in this book should be obvious to most reasonable people. If you're having problems at this level, you still have a long way to go in terms of dealing with truly difficult situations. Seeing so many people liking books like this gets me worried... (Is it just me who feels like I'm back in kindergarten when I take these corporate self improvement classes (come on, be honest now).)

    If you can generally gather the gumption to talk with people through awkward issues, this book will not help.

    My really difficult issues in life are with severely complexed people who are either defensive to the point of being anti-social or with those who never learned the skill to listen. You know people like this, right? Their bad behavior inevitably drives away their friends and they often have trouble with their other family members.

    I'm not saying that I'm always in the right when having difficult conversations with people like this. What I struggle with is dealing with really hard headed people, and this book only belabors obvious points like "there are two sides to every story" and "you have to try to stay reasonable if you care to get through".

    Everything in the book is good, if that's what you want to learn about. I just found it too obvious, and it assumes the case where the other person is a relatively well adjusted person.

    1-0 out of 5 stars "A Dangerous book in the hands of morons"! (NY, USA)
    Well the reviewer has got a great sense of humour! I was laughing my a*se off!

    It sems so many people do not practice what they preach. This guy's bosses whoever they are or were seem to have 'lost the plot'.

    Isn't it strange that the 'Golden Rule' in business I was taught is not often used. It is as my Mum still says, "Do as you would be done by". Very simple but common sense is not usually common action!

    My invitation to this person is please make contact with me as I have some questions I'd like the writer to answer before I buy the book! Dear, can you arrange that? Give the writer my e-mail address please. ... Read more

    8. Teaching Language In Context
    by Alice Omaggio Hadley
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    TEACHING LANGUAGE IN CONTEXT is THE essential, must have methods text for anyone teaching or learning to teach a foreign language. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars If I were to choose one book
    No book can cover every aspect of language instruction, but by all means Hadley's work would be right up there with Ellis, Richards and Rodgers among others. This is a solid book, jam packed with historical facts and insights, and I feel has caught the full heart of the profession representing the current state of the profession. I could not disagree with the first reviewer more. I am reading this book through and I love this book. This is not a technique-y book at all but a serious treatise and contribution to educators who want to have a broader scope on theory and instruction. In my mind, the author answers the who, what, where, when, how, and why not just of one method but does it with several of the major methods. And this she does in Chapter three! This is a 512 page text and to my mind, the reading is coherent, smart, and digestable. This text is certainly one of the better foundational texts for comprehensive grasp of the field. This book is be a springboard to assist the reader to think through the past and present assumptionan about teaching language; it is an excellent choice! If I were to only have one text to me to read in this area, this would be a top contender. Thank you Alice Omaggio Haddley for the hard work and care you put into this wonderful book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Ehhh
    This book is okay and only okay. It's not very practical; it does not really teach you how to teach a foreign language. The book errs regarding its definitions of language acquisition versus language learning. It is apparent to me as a reader and as a teacher that the author has not spent enough time in an actual classroom with actual language learners. The book is also lacking a 'why'. Why learn a new language? Why does this matter to students today? As any parent or teacher will tell you, why is the first, last and most asked question. "Ways With Words," by Shirley Brice Heath, has a lot more helpful information when it comes to language learning than this text.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Omaggio
    It's a good book but it sort of dismisses anything other than the communicative method as ineffective. it doesn't address how to teach AP classes effectively and it seems to be geared more towards an esl teacher rather than a foreign language teacher. Sometimes the communicative method bypasses the brain and kind of dummies up instruction. There is an important gap in how to teach grammar rules, and AP type test problems also I am unsatisfied with the material on how to teach writing. But this is the only methods text any important university is using nowadays, that will change once the communicative method goes out of fashion in a year or two.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Foreign Language Instruction Bible
    If you are a foreign language teacher who would like to understand more about second language acquisition, you will enjoy this book. Several methods are explored by the author and research to support some of the latest teaching methods. My Language Dept. uses it often, we are going to have to order additional copies because we enjoy it so much. It will change the way you teach.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must for Foreign Language Teachers
    I think this is an excellent book for foreign language teachers of all levels. Omaggio gives a good overview of the theories driving language teaching--past and present-- and the basics of how second language is acquired. As there is no "magic formula" for creating effective lessons, learning how we learn a foreign language helps teachers to use their time in the classroom more efficiently. Rather than wasting time doing random substitution and grammar drills, the students can actually be learning the language in context. ... Read more

    9. The Art of Public Speaking with Free Student APS CDs 3.0, PowerWeb, and Topic Finder
    by Stephen E Lucas, Stephen Lucas
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    Asin: 0072938218
    Catlog: Book (2003-06-20)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
    Sales Rank: 12400
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Lucas' The Art of Public Speaking is the leading public speaking textbook in the field. Whether a novice or an experienced speaker when beginning the course, every student will learn how to be a better public speaker through Lucas' clear explanations. Creative activities, vivid examples, annotated speech samples, and foundation of classic and contemporary rhetoric provide students a strong understanding of public speaking.

    When instructors teach from this textbook, they benefit from Lucas' Integrated Teaching Package. The Annotated Instructor's Edition and Instructor's Manual, both written by Steve Lucas, provide teaching tips and give outlines on how to use the various supplements. As a result, instructors are able to see various teaching examples, how to integrate technology, and analyses and discussion questions for video clips in class. The Annotated Instructor's Edition, Instructor's Manual, Test Bank, CDs, videos,and other supplements provide instructors the tools needed to create a dynamic classroom. This edition has a supplement to meet the needs of online classes,Teaching Public Speaking Online withThe Art of Public Speaking. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Say what?
    Students who use Lucas' book are presented not simply with an excellent text for preparation and delivery of speeches, but also with a website full of information, examples and tips. While this is intended for a classroom setting (the teacher's edition comes with a lot of supplements to help enhance the learning experience for the students), those who want to learn about the mechanics and processes of public speaking on their own would not be ill served by using this text.

    There are some signature features that make this a very good text for students, both independent and classroom based. The internet connection is but one, not only the website associated with the book, but also tips on using the vast resources of the internet wisely and efficiently. There is a strong coverage of ethics, to help students avoid the problems of plagiarism (intentional and inadvertent), as well as how to listen properly (without attaching personal agenda or false meaning to interpretation). The book is very visually interesting, with colourful pages, pictures, charts, and examples of things that might be used to make speeches more interesting. The text is written with the student in mind - it is not a book by experts for experts, and thus keeps the language at a basic level without sacrificing clarity.

    The book itself is organised into broad sections: Speaking and Listening; Getting Started; Organising and Outlining; Speech Presentation; and finally Varieties of Public Speaking. There are few things that inspire more fear in many people than the prospect of having to deliver a public speech - the first chapter deals with some of this anxiety issue, as well as helping the students to understand the role of the listener (a role that most of us assume far more often than we realise). The sections on Speech Preparation cover the range from selecting the idea, understanding the audience and doing research to organising the speech from beginning to end in a logical, meaningful, and interesting manner.

    While the section on preparation might be consider by many to be the most important, the section on speech delivery is perhaps the most vital, for a good speech poorly delivered will likely not have much impact, whereas a poor speech delivered with great power can often have great influence. This section deals with issues of language, delivery, body language, personal presentation, as well as the use of visual aids (when they are and are not appropriate).

    There are different types of speeches, and these are covered in the final section. Speeches can be used to inform (like lectures), to persuade (much of political speech is like this, as are sermons), or in special occasions such as introducing people, presenting awards, accepting honours, or speeches of commemoration and memorial. There is also a section on small-group speaking - most people don't attribute the idea of 'giving a speech' to speaking in board rooms, committees, etc., but this requires a special kind of rhetorical skill.

    Overall, this is an excellent text for coming to understand the art of public speaking from beginning to end. ... Read more

    10. The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition
    by William Strunk Jr., E.B. White, Roger Angell
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    Catlog: Book (2000-01-15)
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    This is the braille version of the timeless reference book. According to the St. Louis Dispatch, this "excellent book, which should go off to college with every freshman, is recognized as the best book of its kind we have." It should be the ". . . daily companion of anyone who writes for a living and, for that matter, anyone who writes at all" (Greensboro Daily New). "No book in shorter space, with fewer words, will help any writer more than this persistent little volume" (The Boston Globe). Two volumes in braille. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars TEXTBOOKS DON'T HAVE TO BE BIG
    While skimming through Stephen King's book ON WRITING, he highly recommended THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE. Taking his advice I searched for a copy and found one in a free bin--of all places! I looked at it and decided that it was so much better than any other textbook that I had seen that I decided to WRITE IT. Three pages a day for a month or so. It's a very short book, only about 80 pages or so. You learn everything from words that are often spelled wrong, to punctuation, to style, etc. Very blunt and to the point. No exercises in here, problems 1 - 10 all. Nope, you just read this book and enjoy it. Why, there's actually a little humor in it at times, which is pretty good for a textbook. Now I've heard some people say that this book is bad because it is saying to follow all these rules and don't stray from them. I think they got it all wrong. This book is essentially saying this: you can't blaze new trails in the English language without having a solid foundation in the basics first! This goes for ANYTHING. You don't suddenly set off an a 200 mile trek, you slowly work up to it, starting from the basics. After you have mastered the basics, then you can break free. One thing that this book continually points out is that it is OFTEN A MATTER OF EAR. Meaning that if you are experienced enough, you will know whether to stick to the traditional or whether to be liberal when phrasing something, for example. By far this is the most talked-about textbook that I've seen and the most valuable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Little Book
    A pithy little handbook that gives rules and examples to help you avoid the most common mistakes in writing, plus some smart advice on the finer points by a renowned essayist and children's writer. It is by far the single most useful book on writing. But it is not the last word. For those who wish to go further, I recommend these books in addition to Strunk & White: The Prentice Hall Handbook for Writers, for a review of basic grammar and syntax; Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace, by Joseph M. Williams, for more detailed advice on constructing paragraphs; The Oxford Essential Guide to Writing, by Thomas Kane, for more general advice; and Garner's Modern American Usage, for intelligent, detailed, and up-to-date guidance on diction. All these books belong on the shelf of every serious writer.

    (By the way, I agree with the previous reviewer that the third edition is slightly preferable to the current one.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Useful book for writers and editors
    For writers and those who work in publishing this little book contains a lot of matters worthy of consideration. It's not the most useful book I have on the subject (that honour goes to "Style Book" by Derek Wallace and Janet Hughes published in 1995) and I don't agree with everything the authors have to say, but it does contain a lot of useful tips, pointers and ways of polishing your text. You can't go wrong by giving it a careful read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Your ticket to becoming a better writer
    Few things can make you as self-conscious about your writing as reviewing a book that you feel has improved your writing. And few things are as silly as terribly written reviews praising such books. Hopefully, what I learned from this book will lead me to be able to write a review that will convince you to buy it.

    Many years ago I decided that I wanted to be able to write better, but I didn't really know where to begin. I'd taken classes, but I was unsatisfied with what I had learned. I'd learned how to assemble different kinds of essays or papers, but I strongly felt that something was lacking on a more basic level. My writing lacked, well, style.

    I happened to ask a professional writer I knew for advice. I asked him how one could become a better writer. The answer he gave me seemed completely underwhelming at the time: "Read the Elements of Style twice a month and compare its advice to your writing," he said. He suggested that I not merely read it once but that I read it continuously, as we all need to be reminded of the guidelines it provides. Writing is a skill that improves with constant practice, much like playing a musical instrument. Take your writing, apply the lessons and guidelines from this book, and see where you can improve things. While he insisted this was the most important advice I could receive, I remained skeptical.

    Eventually, I had the good sense to give his advice a shot. Soon afterwards, I was a published writer. I still use this book and refer to it regularly. If you use it regularly in the way my mentor described, it will make you a better writer as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING
    Simply the most valuable book on my shelf. ... Read more

    11. Ways with Words : Language, Life and Work in Communities and Classrooms (Cambridge Paperback Library)
    by Shirley Brice Heath
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    Catlog: Book (1983-07-07)
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Ways with Words is a classic study of children learning to use language at home and at school in two communities only a few miles apart in the south-eastern United States. 'Roadville' is a white working-class community of families steeped for generations in the life of textile mills; 'Trackton' is a black working-class community whose older generations grew up farming the land but whose current members work in the mills. In tracing the children's language development the author shows the deep cultural differences between the two communities, whose ways with words differ as strikingly from each other as either does from the pattern of the townspeople, the 'mainstream' blacks and whites who hold power in the schools and workplaces of the region. Employing the combined skills of ethnographer, social historian, and teacher, the author raises fundamental questions about the nature of language development, the effects of literacy on oral language habits, and the sources of communication problems in schools and workplaces. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Shirley Brice Heath Has a "Way With Words"
    Language is power. Heath, a reflective practitioner of both human nature and schooling, provides an in-depth view of communities which epitomize the struggle for such power. In her ethnographic study of Trackton and Roadville, Heath lays bare the socializing process of children through words. The discontinuity between home and school is disturbing; a realization that students who do not fit the traditional way of schooling are left behind. Clearly illustrated is the need for teachers and students to bridge the gap which exists in relation to both language and culture, for without this effort some students will never acquire the power needed to take control of their education or pursue opportunities from which they have previously been excluded. This is must reading for student ethnographers, doctoral students, and those dedicated to school reform, particularly those in the areas of diversity in public schools, and language. This extraordinary book compares favorably to "Growing Up Literate: Learning From Inner-City Families" by Denny Taylor & Catherine Dorsey-Gaines.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A Teacher's View
    Teaching in a high school with a large number of minority children can be challenging. After reading this book, recommended by the debate teacher, I feel that I am better prepared. This book is an excellent resource for those wanting to understand the student from a background different form their own. If you plan to work in public school, this book is a must-read. I borrowed a friend's book, and then decided I had to have a copy of my own. ... Read more

    12. The Little, Brown Handbook, Ninth Edition
    by H. Ramsey Fowler, Jane Aaron
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    Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
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    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Authoritative and accessible, The Little Brown Handbook helps writing students find what they need and then use what they find.One of the best–selling handbooks on the market, it provides comprehensive coverage of writing, research and grammar, with detailed discussions of critical thinking and argument, using computers and the Internet for writing and research, the latest guidelines for citing sources correctly in MLA, APA, CMS, CSE and COS styles, and writing in the disciplines. Accompanied by the CompSolutions Plus Interactive Ebook of the text, The Little Brown Handbook retains all the hallmarks that has made it a bestseller over the years while continuing to meet the needs of a new generation of students. Provides complete, authoritative coverage of the writing process, research and grammar, with detailed discussions of critical thinking and argument, using computers and the Internet for writing and research, the latest guidelines for citing sources correctly in MLA, APA, CMS, CSE and COS styles, and writing in the disciplines. For anyone needing a reference geared to writing and/or researching papers. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars great book worth adding
    with close to a thousand pages you will have plenty of good writing material to use for reference to help you write very accurate and properly designed papers, letters, or whatever you are creating.

    I was disappointed by the lack of electronic format especially for a book which puts out a new revision almost every year, but I would even go so far as to say that it is worth bringing along if you plan to do a lot of writing anyhow.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very handy very useful well laid out book
    But with this being the ninth revision, you'd think they would provide an electronic version by now. Especially with such a handy student useful book which could be put on our tablet PC's or notebook computers for school to have handy without building muscles like the old folks get all misty over.. Excellent book just the same once you get over the demise of the many trees and those marked for the axe for revision ten which cannot be more than months away from print (yawn) ... Read more

    13. Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach (5th Edition)
    by Steven A. Beebe, Susan J. Beebe
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    Catlog: Book (2002-03-13)
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    This FlexChoice product features two components: a full-color book and a Website that includes two online chapters, audio clips, pedagogy from the regular Public Speaking, and many interactive activities. The new FlexChoice version of Public Speaking retains the distinctive and popular audience-centered approach of the full book, which emphasizes the importance of analyzing and considering the audience during the public speaking process. With an engaging writing style and numerous examples, this book serves as a foundation for speechmaking as it guides readers through every step of the process. The website includes the complete text of two chapters (18 and 19), pedagogy, many illustrations, sample speeches, online practice tests, flash cards of the key terms, and many other interactive activities. For public speaking students, or anyone looking for an interactive way to improve their speech communication. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Fast Service / Low price
    Paid low price for quality book and fast delivery!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Easy to read- great to use
    This is a really good book. I used it for a college class on public speaking, and I would have been lost without it. It covers things that you always forget to include, and great hints on how to increase your confidence and persuade an audience. For someone like me who was terrified, but no longer is of public speaking, and for those who just need a refrsher course, this book is brilliant. ... Read more

    14. An Introduction to Language
    by Victoria Fromkin, Robert Rodman, Nina Hyams
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    Catlog: Book (2002-08-02)
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    AN INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE is ideal for use at all levels and in many different areas of instruction including education, languages, psychology, anthropology, teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), and linguistics. All chapters in this best-seller have been substantially revised to reflect recent discoveries and new understanding of linguistics and languages. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is the BEST INTRODUCTOR Book of Linguistics.
    This book uses lots of funny cartoons and its use of words is quite easy and udnerstandable. So it's good for non-English speakers as well as native speakers. This book gave me all the basic concepts of linguisitcs, and no matter you have lingusitics background or not, you will get much through careful reading.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must-read, especially for any professional communicator.
    20 years ago, I was toying with the idea of taking the linguistics option as part of my English degree at Oxford University. My course tutor recommended I read Fromkin & Rodman to "see if the subject suited me". F & R hooked me completely: All the major areas are covered, simply presented and introduced by a cleverly chosen cartoon which helps to breaks the ice.

    I must have recommended the book to more than 100 people since then and am ordering another copy now because a [former!] friend lost my (heavily thumbed and annotated) original. I now lecture on communications-related subjects and still find myself referring regularly to this seminal work. A must for any serious student of communications science; it draws you gently into a complicated subject and makes the process highly enjoyable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's an Introduction book
    As an introduction book this book is perfect; it's written in short chapters(will not make you feel bored) and it has exercises(helps you with understanding) in it. To those who are interested in Linguistics and do not have any prior knowledge this book is The One.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of Ten Books I'll Keep Forever
    A college professor first introduced AN INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE (3rd ed.) to me in 1984; I have been a fan ever since. Although the book probably is not for everyone, if you enjoyed diagramming sentences in school, and if you actually appreciate that your father insisted you take Latin, then the book is probably one you will enjoy. cp

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of ten books I'll keep forever
    A college professor first introduced me to AN INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE (3rd edition) in 1984, and I am still a fan. In fact, it is one of my ten favorite books. For a holiday gift this year, I will be receiving the 6th edition, and I am already looking forward to the updates from the previous editions. This text is a fascinating trip into the intricacies of language acquisition and use. Although probably not for everyone, if you loved diagramming sentences in school, and you actually appreciate that your father insisted you take Latin, then this book is probably for you. ... Read more

    15. I Read It, but I Don't Get It: Comprehension Strategies for Adolescent Readers
    by Cris Tovani, Ellin Oliver Keene
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    Asin: 157110089X
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    5-0 out of 5 stars I Read It, But I Don't Get It Comprehension Strategies for
    If you teach English/language arts, this book is a MUST!!! So often teachers assume their students can read well, but they are also good at faking it. This book helps teachers use real reading strategies in a practical way. I bought a few copies for my team to read this summer. I hope there is more to come from Cris Tovani.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great read for all teachers!
    Cris Tovani's book is fabulous! As a reading teacher, it helped me to find ways to help my students understand what they were reading AND to help them understand when they were understanding. It is obvious that the author knows her readers well and is able to help them to read for real purposes and to give them strategies for monitoring their own comprehension. I have read Strategies that Work by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goodvis as well as Mosaic of Thought by Ellin Keene and Susan Zimmerman. I Read It But I Don't Get It adds to the things I learned about comprehension from these books. Although this book is written about middle school and high school students, I have used many of the ideas in the book with my upper elementary grade students. So many of the issues are the same. Many of my elementary colleagues are also finding this book helpful and have added it to their professional libraries. It also has great insights for content teachers--thoughts for helping students comprehend content reading. I highly recommend it for all teachers.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Valuable Resource
    Chris Tovanni has created a valuable resource for all teachers by providing them with ideas for how to improve reading comprehension in high school students.

    The one component that kept me from giving this five stars is that it is geared to English/Reading teachers. What would be a great addition in a second edition would be the inclusion of short example strategies for focusing on a textbook as opposed to literature. Granted any teacher who plans adequately at the minimum would have no problem adapting the strategies to textbooks, but some textbook direct strategies would be nice.

    All in all however, this is a resource that as a social studies teacher I reference on a frequent basis. It helps me to develop realistic strategies to implement in the classroom to improve student comprehension.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource for Regular AND Special Ed Teachers
    As a high school special education teacher, this books speaks volumes to me!!! It is a revelation to see that special education teachers aren't the only ones facing the problems of kids who "read it, but don't get it." This book was recommended to me by a Title I Reading Specialist and I will be forever grateful. As a special ed teacher, I had received a lot of training in decoding instruction but not much in the way of teaching comprehension. As Cris Tovani said in her book, it is often erroneously expected that if they can at least read the words they'll understand them. I have found that this error perpetuates, and was at a loss for how to teach my downtrodden teenagers to understand. This book has given me so many useful strategies and after changing the way I read just one story, I have seen a difference in the level of comprehension and participation in my class of students with learning disabilities. I'm glad that Cris Tovani doesn't offer any ready-made lessons or materials in this book. If she had, I may not have read the rest of the book and would have missed out on the wisdom contained in its pages. I have recommended this book to several of my colleagues and am hoping that this trend catches on. By all means, if you need help learning to teach kids how to learn from text this is the book for you! Excellent companions to this book are "Nonfiction Matters" by Stephanie Harvey and "Strategies That Work" by Stephanie Harvey and Ann Goudvis (this book gives much of the same information that is in "I Read It, But I Don't Get It" but has an immense book list at the back of the book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars JLT
    This is a wonderful book for parents, teachers, and students alike. It addresses what it feels like for students who can't read and provides tons of wonderful, useful information. ... Read more

    16. Mass Media Research : An Introduction (with InfoTrac) (Wadsworth Series in Mass Communication and Journalism)
    by Roger D. Wimmer, Joseph R. Dominick
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    Asin: 0534562744
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-23)
    Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
    Sales Rank: 41217
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    This text begins with an overview of mass communication research and ethics of research. It then explores each major approach to research, including qualitative research, content analysis, survey research, longitudinal research, and experimental research. The text continues with a section on data analysis, and concludes with a forward-looking section on research applications, covering such topics as research in print and electronic media and on the Internet. ... Read more

    17. Conversational Spanish in Nothing Flat (8 One Hour CDs/200 Page Illustated Text/Answer Keys & Tapescript)
    by Mark Frobose
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    Asin: 1893564568
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-21)
    Publisher: Language Dynamics
    Sales Rank: 12279
    Average Customer Review: 4.13 out of 5 stars
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    At last!Atruly complete 8 CD with book, tapescript, same page translations, answer keys and CD translations that includes Language Dynamics famous language learning system. Developed by the experts at Language Dynamics Inc. to teach you a maximum of Spanish in a minimum of time, Conversational Spanish in Nothing Flat is unquestionably the fastest and easiest Spanish book/CD course on the market.

    More language learners spend over 50% of their time looking up meanings instead of learning the language.WithConversational Spanish in Nothing Flat the language learning process is speeded up by giving you same page answer keys, English translations, dynamic sentence building techniques, and high frequency vocabulary that take you from beginning to high intermediate level Spanish quickly and easily, learning the language naturally like you learned English as a child. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Simple and Fast Way to Converse in Spanish
    From Berlitz to Pimsleur, I would say that all Spanish courses have good and bad points.
    What makes Conversational Spanish in Nothing Flat so good is that it gets you speaking the language right away and then builds on those basic concepts throughout the course.
    The structure of this course, beginning with how easily a novice learner can begin saying his or her own sentences in Spanish almost immediately, gives even the shyest person confidence to speak Spanish.
    Most courses, despite their good points, shoot you right down in the beginning. You just don't feel like you will ever make it! Language Dynamics overcomes this feeling of 'overwhelm' by giving you simple yet useful basic bits of language to improve upon daily.
    First you crawl, fall down and then walk.
    Most foreign language courses expect the baby learner to run a marathon without the opportunity of learning to walk first.
    Conversational Spanish takes the time and effort to take you from the crawling stage, to the tottering stage, picks you up when you fall down, teaches to speak real Spanish little by little and then you just take off.
    No course does what this one does and for these reasons I highly recommend you try it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product and Quality
    I have been delighted with both the results I have received and the quality of my Conversational Spanish course. The clarity and diction of the speakers on the CDs is wonderful. With this approach to language learning, you don't even have to rewind or switch tracks. The review is already 'built in'. It's perfect for the car because you just pop in the CD and the rest is automatic. If you miss something, rest assured, it will be reviewed at a later time.
    This method is far more advanced and streamlined than any I have experienced. It cuts through all the baloney and really gets you speaking conversational Spanish fast!

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT COURSE FOR THE CAR!
    I live near a big metropolitan area and I do lot of driving (and sometimes trains) every day. I bought Conversational Spanish 8 CDs with the expectation of learning some Spanish during my two hour daily commute. I couldn't have underestimated this course more. I learned A LOT of Spanish during my commutes and what I have learned I owe to this great course. The thing that makes it so effective for me is that all the Spanish comes with English definitions so I don't have to stop the CD to go look up meanings.
    Add to this the fact that Luis (the native speaker) always repeats enough so that if you space out for a second, get honked at, or whatever, you still catch the lesson.
    My impressions of this course are that it is simple, easy to understand, and effective at getting you 'conversational' in Spanish fast.
    I find it nearly unbelievable that I am able to speak as much basic Spanish as I now do in such a short period of time.
    By the way .... The book is great too. (When you're not driving of course).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Course. It's a Bargain!
    What a great course. I didn't even know that such a fast way to learn Spanish existed until a friend recommended I try
    Conversational Spanish in Nothing Flat.
    My version is multi-track and I love the method which is very user-friendly and unintimidating. In short, it's easy.
    I became 'conversational' in Spanish within about 2 weeks of using this course daily for about an hour and a half a day. This means that I can now communicate basic likes and dislikes, express basic intentions and needs effectively using basic practical survival Spanish, ask basic questions and give basic answers, all while using my own original sentences. I have also learned quite a bit about how the language is written from the text which is included.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Course!! Great Quality!! Great Value!!
    One week with Language Dynamics' Conversational Spanish in Nothing Flat has gotten me results that totally eclipse my earlier experiences with other Spanish courses.
    It's easy to understand why Language Dynamics courses have consistently been rated as among the best and highest quality foreign language courses on the market today.
    Groups such as Men's Health Magazine rated Language Dynamics courses as among the best alongside Pimsleur and Rosetta Stone and received the additional distinction of being a 'Great Value'.
    What makes Conversational Spanish so great is the easy to learn method, the relevant high frequency vocabulary, the magnificent voices (particularly that of Luis, the native Spanish speaker), the high quality production of the course,
    the completeness of the material (no gimmicks - here you learn to speak real authentic Spanish fast), and as an added bonus you receive complete written material as well
    (something many of the competition don't offer).
    All of this for only $69.00? No wonder it has been rated as a great value. ... Read more

    18. The Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing (3rd Edition)
    by John D. Ramage, John C. Bean, June Johnson
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    Asin: 0321106229
    Catlog: Book (2002-08-13)
    Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
    Sales Rank: 63757
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars The Cat in America
    Would like to view this Short Story ... Read more

    19. Understanding and Using English Grammar (Blue), Third Edition (Student Book Full without Answer Key)
    by Betty Schrampfer Azar
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    Asin: 013958661X
    Catlog: Book (1998-07-30)
    Publisher: Pearson ESL
    Sales Rank: 13681
    Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent Book, the Best I have ever found
    Definitely, it's the best book I have ever read about English Grammar, as an English Teacher in Honduras, I found a very clear an easy way to explain one of the matters that usually are bothersome for students, Grammar. I strongy recommend this book for every person who really wants to learn English Grammar. Hector Reynaldo Acosta Espinal San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Central America

    4-0 out of 5 stars Simple, clear explanations, examples, and practice!
    I am a professional ESL teacher and this book is probably the most popular one with both the students and the teachers. The grammar points are divided up very well and there are good explanations and examples for most points.

    The reason this book is so popular is that the exercises are very simple, something like this:

    The children (is/are) playing in the yard right now.

    You simply have to choose the right answer from the two. This simplified approach makes learning grammar very easy, but many students want something more difficult and some complain that the book is a little boring. But when has grammar ever been exciting?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Clear and easily understandable
    The geniuses that controlled my education decided that I should skip fourth grade reading because they caught me reading Mark Twain in third grade. I can't imagine what in the WORLD they were thinking, as I came to learn years later that in fourth grade reading they taught - you guessed it - grammar! And boy, did I suffer. My written grammar was absolutely horrendous for years, and even though I continued to be placed in advanced or honors English classes throughout high school, whenever my papers were returned to me the "concept" side came back with an A, and the "grammar" side came back with a D or an F.

    There's no substitute for learning young, but this is the closest thing to it. I've never seen a grammar book that's easier to understand than this one. Forget the Idiot's Guides or Dummies books, and invest a little more in this one and the accompanying workbooks. If you're really interested in boning up on your grammar skills, this will be of tremendous assistance.

    Also, if you're looking to buy the workbooks, remember that this is the THIRD edition, that it is in blue, and so you should conduct your search for the accompanying workbooks by first identifying those that are blue, and make sure that they're for the third edition. There are several editions available here on Amazon, so buy wisely.

    4-0 out of 5 stars For those who crave grammar
    This book is a comprehensive reference grammar/workbook for non-native speakers of English. If you are trying to choose between Azar's grammar books, the "Blue" book is intended for intermediate to advanced students, while the "Black" book is for beginning to intermediate and the "Red" for raw beginners. A grammar outline from the "Blue" book is also available without exercises.

    The book is divided into chapters covering notorious grammar points, including: verb tenses, modals, passive voice, gerunds and infinitives, singular and plural, adjective clauses, noun clauses, connecting expressions, and conditional sentences. There are also appendices covering terminology, question formation, negation, articles, phrasal verbs, and error correction. On average, each chapter has 15-20 articles covering a single grammar point or contrast in detail. Atypical article starts with a grammar description, which is usually presented in the form of a diagram or chart, supported with several examples and explanations. Then follow several exercises, which mostly require the reader to write in the correct form of the word, although oral exercises are common, and there are occasional editing exercises.

    The book's strength is the clarity of its grammatical explanations, and Azar's simplified diagrams of verb tenses are now standard in many ESL classrooms. Students who crave grammar instruction will adore this book. They like to read the grammatical descriptions, and they get a sense of accomplishment from filling in all the blanks. But will this really improve their grammar? If a student is completely unaware of how a grammatical rule works, then this book will go a long way towards making the rule clear. The exercises help reinforce each topic, but it takes a lot more implementation of a rule than the 20-50 sentences found in each set of follow-up exercises in this book to make a rule automatic. Does doing exercises improve grammar at all? The jury is still out on that one, but from my own classroom experience, even students who zealously complete every exercise in the book correctly show little consequent progress in their written or spoken grammar. My own personal belief is that students improve their grammar mostly through extensive exposure to grammatically correct language, either spoken or written, and what little exercise they get from this book won't make that much of a difference (as long as they understand the rules they should be watching out for).

    Nevertheless, many students enjoy working with this book because they think they are spending their study time on a worthwhile topic. That leaves the way open for hidden collateral gains. Azar uses a wide range of vocabulary in her examples and exercises, and most students will develop their active vocabulary by using this book, especially if they are encouraged to pay attention to new words. Many of the dialogs that Azar uses are inane classroom dialogs- -if they could only cover real information worth learning about, then she could maintain the readers' interest more, as well as expose students to real world information. In any case, if grammar is what you want, it would be hard to beat this book, due to its clarity, accuracy, and exercises.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Understanding and using English grammar
    The two volumes are basically exercise books without enough proper explanations, examples, teaching and lessons. Pure waste of money and time. ... Read more

    20. Schaum's Outline of French Grammar
    by Mary Coffman Crocker
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    Asin: 0070138877
    Catlog: Book (1999-06-28)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 209488
    Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Well Organized
    French grammar is hard to learn because although there are rules there are more exceptions than rules. This book does a great job of organizing things in a way to deal with all the expections. I especially like the way it presents the verbs. I own quite a few books on French grammar but the way this book groups the verbs is really much better. In terms of reviewing for a test (or for real life if you live in France) a book like this is essential, since most normal French text book are just too disorganized to find what you are looking for. Also it helps me to see all the rules about a certain topic in one place at one time. There are lots of exercises and the answers are in the back of the book to check yourself. Learning French grammar isn't ever going to be easy, but if you use this book it will be a lot easier than if you don't. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Must have French learning companion
    I don't have to describe the content in detail as the self-explanatory nature of the title. I studied French in L'Alliance Francais for some time. Their communicative approach almost makes me paralysed until I have this book. I can't imagine how a middle age person can learn a new language by merely listening and imitating the sound of teachers. On the contrary the grammatical approach in this book systematically illustrate every single bit of grammar detail for beginner (and intermediate level student). By reading and reviewing the explanation as well as practising the exercise, I can make a lot sense in French now. And I am not just fantizing it. The most exciting piece of news is that my progress is noticed by both my French teacher and my classmates. The mastering of basic is so satisfying and giving me advancement and enjoyment.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Boring - A story of French Grammar

    Monotonous black on newsprint white,
    When I open it, it gives me a fright

    No-one knows how to pronounce its name,
    The book is so boring and oh so plain

    French grammar could be much more fun,
    Number of interesting exercises: none

    The word 'boring' doesn't apply,
    The exercises make me cry

    I never need to count sheep,
    Open Schaum's and I'm already asleep

    You'd think by the fourth edition they would've got it,
    I can't believe stores actually stock it

    The places to write answers are tiny,
    Truth be I try,
    But if the next edition isn't better,
    Out the window it will fly

    The publisher is a crook,
    The only thing less interesting is a phone book

    A novel gets better with time,
    For Schaum's I would not pay a dime

    If you see this book run!
    Toothache is more fun

    And as for Mary E. Coffman Crocker,
    People who use her book mock her

    This book is a real flop,
    Use it as a doorstop.

    David Carr, July 2002.

    P.S. This book is useful, but not interesting. If that's what you're looking for, buy it! But if you value things in life other than French grammar, perhaps look for another title.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good supplemental material for beginners
    This outline helped me studying for exams for college French I and II classes. My textbook was not organized well and it took me a long time to find informations I needed. This outline is so well organized that I could find the info quickly. The textbook did not provide any answers to the excercises, but the outline has the answers for all of its excercise problems so I worked on the excercise problems of the outline instead of the ones on the textbook.

    5-0 out of 5 stars For anyone interested in the French language
    This book is great in that it can be used by a beginner or someone who is familiar with French but wants to improve their French grammar. Organized in coherent sections, you can easily find your area of concern, such as the imparfait tense, articles, etc. There are also exercises you can do, and (the major advantage) there are also answers in the back. Definitely worth your money! ... Read more

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