Title Fundamentals of English
Subtitle Your Step-by-Step Guide to Classroom Success
Author David Mahony
ISBN 9789387925052
List price Rs 495.00
Price outside India Available on Request
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 320
Book size 216 x 279 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Pascal Educational Services
Published in India by Viva Books Private Limited
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
About the book


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Fundamentals of English contains:

  • Comprehensive coverage of all the courses
  • Material relevant to years 11-12 students and teachers of English
  • Three chapters focusing on specific skills for any students of English wanting to practise their grammar, paragraph and sentence structure, punctuation, editing and proofreading skills
  • A range of writing and comprehension tasks to reinforce each topic
  • Answers to all questions
  • An assessment record for each chapter to see your progress


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Chapter 1. Aids to Effective Communication: The Paragraph • Introduction • Understanding syllables • Using paragraphs • Topic sentences in paragraphs • Sequencing paragraphs • Paragraphs and planning • Your paragraphs: writing an essay • Spelling and vocabulary • Answers • Assessment record

Chapter 2. Module A: Approaches to Area of Study in EnglishSECTION 1: An introduction to the concept of change • What is change? • Writing an essay about change • Analysing change • The mass media and change • Written communication and visual text • Designing a leaflet about change • Looking at change through numbers • Prose and other text • Figurative language • SECTION 2: Prose fiction • An introduction to the novel • Focus on a novel: Tomorrow, When the War Began • Special study of a novel: Looking for Alibrandi • Study of extracts from Looking for Alibrandi • Major assessment item: writing an essay •
SECTION 3: Poetry • The unique qualities of poetry • Figurative language in poetry • Challenging poetry • Answers • Assessment record

Chapter 3. Module A, Part 2: Approaches to Area of Study in English: Extension, Enrichment and Testing • Introduction • Improving your reading • Vocabulary: difficult words • Test 1 • Vocabulary: satire and irony • Test 2 • Test 3 • Answers • Assessment record

Chapter 4. Aids to Effective Communication: The Sentence • Introduction • SECTION 1: The nature of sentences • Understanding sentences • Parts of the verb ‘to be’ • Compound verbs • Sentence fragments • Subject and predicate • Singular and plural verbs • Person • Tense • Compound sentences • Complex sentences • Phrases • Fused sentences • SECTION 2: The skills of editing and proofreading • Editing skills • Editing convoluted sentences • Proofreading skills • Answers • Assessment record

Chapter 5. Module B: Oral Communication Skills • Introduction • Types of oral communication • Idioms • Slang • Discussion • The interview • Oral presentations • Listening skills • The debate • Talking and writing: Oral vs written communication • Answers • Assessment record

Chapter 6. Module C: Writing for Study • Introduction • SECTION 1: Image: Strictly Ballroom • Off to the movies • Summary of the film • Images and issues in Strictly Ballroom • Essay • SECTION 2: Dialogue: The Club • Introduction to The Club • Summary of the play • Dialogue in The Club • Essay • Answers • Assessment record

Chapter 7. Aids to Effective Communication: Punctuation • Introduction • Overview of punctuation • The comma (,) • The colon (:) • The semicolon (;) • The apostrophe (‘) • Quotation marks • Capital letters and acronyms • Revision tests • Homonyms and the spell check Answers

Chapter 8. Module D: Investigative Skills • Introduction: poetry revision • SECTION 1: Close study of text: the poetry of Deb Westbury • Overview of the section • mouth to mouth • somewhere else • shells • The Scribe’s Daughter • Dapto dressing up • TV News • the prince • Essay • SECTION 2: Texts and society (Exploration and travel): The Bush Tucker Man: Stories of Survival • Introduction to Stories of Survival • Analysis of the series • Writing an essay on Stories of Survival • SECTION 3: Texts and society (Consumerism): The poems of Bruce Dawe • Consumerism and satire • Televistas • Enter Without So Much as Knocking • Abandonment of Autos • The Not-so-good Earth • Writing an essay • Answers • Assessment record

Chapter 9. Module E:  Workplace Communication • Introduction • Part-time and full-time work • Oral communication at work • Written communication: the business letter • The memorandum • The formal meeting • Entry to the workforce • Answers • Assessment record

About the Author:

David Mahony MA, MLitt taught for many years in schools as well as being a teacher educator. He was also Associated Professor (Deputy Dean Academic) in a university Faculty of Education and Chair of one of his state’s Secondary Curriculum Advisory Committees. David is now a full-time educational writer.

Target Audience:

Students of class 11 & 12 and senior school english teachers.


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