English the American Way: A Fun ESL Guide to Language and Culture in the U.S. w/Audio CD

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REA’s English the American Way: A Fun ESL Guide to Language and Culture in the U.S.with Audio CD + Mp3
Helps English Language Learners Improve Their Skills

A fun guide to everything American for the English language learner!

Authored by seasoned ESL instructors, this handy guidebook is perfect for people who already have a good grasp of English, but want to improve how they ...

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Overview

REA’s English the American Way: A Fun ESL Guide to Language and Culture in the U.S.with Audio CD + Mp3
Helps English Language Learners Improve Their Skills

A fun guide to everything American for the English language learner!

Authored by seasoned ESL instructors, this handy guidebook is perfect for people who already have a good grasp of English, but want to improve how they speak the language as it is spoken in the United States.

Written in a lighthearted and easy-to-follow style, this book is a great resource for people of all ages and all nationalities. Each unit introduces commonly used phrases, vocabulary, and verbs, and offers sample dialogs to illustrate everyday American life. Sentence completions, quizzes, tips, and illustrations make learning fun.

Individual units cover topics essential to the mosaic of American life: making friends, basic skills, driving, dining out, dealing with money, home life, emergency situations, doctor visits, handling a job interview, and more.

Our audio CD offers sample dialogs that present correct pronunciation using natural speech. The dialogues help English language learners practice their vocabulary and pronunciation skills. They’re also a great way to work on accent reduction.

As an added bonus, an Mp3 file of the sample dialogues plus additional reading and pronunciation pointers is available online at www.rea.com.

If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to improve your English language skills, this is the book for you!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738606767
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association
  • Publication date: 1/15/2011
  • Series: English as a Second Language Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 96,949
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Authors

Sheila and Jane have been colleagues and friends for… well, let’s
just say a long time. As English as a Second Language (ESL)
teachers, they worked together on lots of projects… and had lots of
fun as they worked. A partnership was born!

Together, Jane and Sheila have teaching credentials in several
states and two continents. With years and years… and years… of
experience (they just don’t want to count them all, ha!), they have
taught ESL to little kids, big kids, university students, adults, company
executives, and other teachers in the U.S. and Europe (both
online and in regular classroom settings).

Both Sheila and Jane have served as members of the New Jersey
Department of Education Advisory Committee for ESL/Bilingual
Education. They’ve facilitated online ESL training courses for teachers
through the NJ DOE professional development program. Sheila
has held several leadership positions scoring teacher candidate responses
for an international testing company, and Jane has written
ESL test questions and rated English as a Foreign Language exams
for another internationally recognized testing company. (They teach,
they test, they score!)

They have won many awards for excellence in teaching, including
two Teacher of the Year awards, and corporate citations for excellence.
They’ve given numerous presentations and have written curriculum
and syllabi for diverse ESL populations. Add to this some fun
teaching projects in Spanish, public speaking, drama, writing… and,
we’re not kidding, even soccer skills and you’ve got two writers who
know how to have a good time writing a book!

Jane is now the Director of ESL Services for Emory College of Arts
and Sciences in Atlanta, Georgia. Sheila is a lecturer in the English
Language Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and continues
to teach, write and consult in New Jersey and New York. Although
they live several states away, both are happy to find time to work
together on fun projects… like this book!
 

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A Letter from the Authors

Hi there! Thanks for choosing our book. We think it shows just how
smart you are.

We had a lot of fun writing this book, and we hope that you’ll have
a lot of fun reading it. Well, have fun, but also learn a lot about the
English language and American culture.

We’ve always loved English—the sound of the words, the fun of
the idioms, and the interesting way the words work together. We
also know that learning all this stuff can be a challenge to English
language learners. And that’s where our book comes in!

English the American Way: A Fun ESL Guide to Language and
Culture in the U.S
. is your very own ... well, guide, to... yes, American
language and culture. You’ll find tons (a lot!) of vocabulary, all of it
used in real-life ways. We’ve included tons of informal language—the
stuff you really hear every day. And we take a look at American customs—
birth to death, and everything in-between!

We hope this book will be a help in your adventure learning English.
Good luck!

How This Book Works

This book has 21 units packed with language and culture!

Each unit has a main topic divided into two or three cultural readings. In these readings
and the dialogues that follow, you’ll find real English, not the simplified language
you find in most ESL books. The units are full of vocabulary and informal language—
tons of idioms, phrasal verbs and slang—bold within the text, then listed at the end of
each section with a simple explanation. Listen to the CD for native speaker pronunciation
of the dialogues, then pause and repeat to practice!

Look for grammar reminders, idiomatic expressions, culture tips, and fun facts.
Oh, and don’t forget to check your understanding (and memory) with the special
review sections. You’ll find them after every three units.

Good luck, and have fun!
 
 

Unit 1 - New Friends
 
New country? New friends!
But how do you meet them?
Making new friends is an exciting part of moving to a new place, but sometimes it’s hard to know just how formal to be with new people. Americans are usually very casual. They’re also very friendly. This is a good thing, but it can be tricky. Everyone knows that good old basic English phrase, “Hello. It’s nice to meet you.” Oh, yeah, we bet you were ready for that. Well, you may be ready, but then you may be surprised to learn that you won’t hear that phrase very often. “Hello. It’s nice to meet you” is okay for first-time introductions, but when friends meet socially, the conversation will probably sound more like this:
 

ALAN: Hey, Lia! It’s good to see you.
LIA: You, too. I haven’t seen you in a few days. How are you? How’s it going?
ALAN: Not bad. I’m so busy with the classes I’m taking. How about you?
LIA: I’m okay. I know you’re busy with classes. My job’s really hectic this time of year, too. What’s new with you?
ALAN: Nothing much. I’m on my way to the mall. I need some time off! Do you remember Lana? She’s there. Ha! She’s always at the mall! I think a lot of our friends plan to just hang out at the mall tonight.
LIA: Who? Oh yeah. I remember Lana. She’s the one with the scary-looking dog. I don’t want to hang out with that dog!
ALAN: Ha! You aren’t afraid of that little tiny dog, are you? Well, I’m sure Rover isn’t at the mall.
LIA: Actually, I’m headed to the mall later, anyway. There’s a huge sale going on. I think they’re open extra late.
ALAN: Great! Maybe I’ll see you there.
LIA: Sounds good. We’re both good shoppers! If I get there before you leave, maybe I’ll see you. After all, we aren’t leaving until we see all the sales. And I’m not leaving until I have some cute new shoes!
 
 
 

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Table of Contents

About the Authors
Letter from the Authors
Authors’ Acknowledgments
How This Book Works
Symbols Used in the Book
About REA
Acknowledgments

New Friends
Hi There!
Meet the Neighbors
Those Crazy Kids!

Grammar Reminders:
1. Verb to be—Affirmative Statements and Contractions 
2. Verb to be—Questions and Negatives 
 
Getting Around
Riding the Bus
Going Underground: The Subway
Hey, Taxi!

Grammar Reminders:
1. The Present Simple Tense—Affirmative Statements
2. The Present Simple Tense—Negatives, and Questions with does
3. The Future Simple Tense—Affirmative Statements, and Negatives
4. The Present Simple Tense—Negatives, and Questions with do 

Taking a Drive
Everybody Loves the DMV
Let’s Go for a Ride!
Oops. Sorry, Officer
Grammar Reminders:
1. The Present Simple Tense—Short Answers 
2. Comparatives
3. Superlatives

Review: Units 1–3

Dining in Style
Zipping Through the Drive-Thru 
A Little More Upscale 
Is This What I Ordered?
Grammar Reminders: 1. Stative Verbs 
2. Would You Like or Do You Like?
3. Count/Noncount Nouns 
4. More Count/Noncount Nouns! 
 

Get Moving!
Play Ball!
Members Only! Joining a Gym 
Extreme Sports
Grammar Reminders:
1. Modal Verbs of Ability—Can
2. Modal Verbs of Ability—Could
3. Will Be Able to for future ability

 
Get Away from It All
Day Tripping
Going Wild
Fancy-Schmancy
Grammar Reminders:
1. The Past Simple Tense—Affirmative Statements, Regular Verbs
2. The Past Simple Tense—Affirmative Statements, Irregular Verbs
 
Review: Units 4–6

Home Sweet Home
To Buy or Not to Buy; That Is the Question
City Life or the 'Burbs
Nothing but Bills!
Grammar Reminders:
1. The Past Simple Tense—Negatives, Verb to be
2. The Past Simple Tense—Negatives, Regular Verbs
3. The Past Simple Tense—Negatives, Irregular Verbs

Ooh, Money, Money!
Stash the Cash! Get Started with Banking
Making the Big Bucks
Grammar Reminders:
1. The Past Simple Tense—Questions, Verb to be
2. The Past Simple Tense—Questions, Regular and Irregular Verbs

Shop 'Til You Drop
It’s All at the Mall.
Food, Glorious Food!
Saving Some Dough
Grammar Reminders:
1. Expressions of Quantity—much, many; few, less
2. More Expressions of Quantity!
 
Review: Units 7–9

Emergency 911
HELP!
HELP! FIRE!
HELP! HE’S NOT BREATHING!
HELP! STRANGER DANGER!
Grammar Reminders:
1. Modal Verbs of Necessity—Have to, Must
2. Modal Verbs for Requests—Can, Could
3. Modal Verbs of Advice, Possibility, Ability—Should, Would, Could

What’s Up, Doc?
Under the Weather
Health Insurance: What’s Up with That?
Grammar Reminder:
Modals Review

What’s Up Now?
Open Wide
Let’s See
WOOF!
Grammar Reminders:
1. The Past Simple Tense—Short Answers
2. Prepositions of Time

Review: Units 10–12

Around Town
Where Am I?
At Your Service
Grammar Reminders:
1. Prepositions of Place
2. The Present Continuous Tense—Affirmative Statements
3. More Present Continuous Tense

 
Culture Vulture
What’s Happening? .
See the Capital… and the Capitol
Grammar Reminders:
1. The Present Continuous Tense—Questions 
2. The Present Continuous Tense—Negatives 

Helping Out
Helping Hands, Giving Back
Good Citizen? Good Neighbor!
Grammar Reminder:
Even More Present Continuous Tense
 
Review: Units 13–15 

The Better Half
The Dating Game
Will You Marry Me?
It’s Over!
Grammar Reminders:
1. Phrasal Verbs
2. Suggestions and Proposals 
 
That’s Life!
And Baby Makes Three
That Bundle of Joy
Grammar Reminders:
1. Will and Going to
2. Used to

Full Circle
End-of-Life Issues
Funeral Customs
Grammar Reminders:
1. Making Suggestions .
2. Expressions of Sympathy

Review: Units 16–18

Gadget Central
Hello? Hello? Can You Hear Me Now?
The Easy Way
Grammar Reminders:
1. The Past Continuous Tense with Past Simple Tense 
2. The Past Continuous Tense—Affirmative Statements, Negatives 
3. The Past Continuous Tense—Questions 

9 to 5
The Perfect Job
Paperwork!
Grammar Reminders:
1. The Present Perfect Simple Tense—Affirmative Statements
2. The First Conditional
3. More Present Perfect Simple Tense
 
The Big Interview
Before
During
After
Grammar Reminders:
1. The Present Perfect Simple Tense—Questions 
2. Present Perfect Simple Tense—Negatives

Review: Units 19–21 
 
Answers to Review Activities

Appendices
Appendix A: Audio CD Tracks
Appendix B: Common Irregular Verbs
Appendix C: Vocabulary

How to Use the Audio CD

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