Better Reading English: Improve Your Understanding of Written English

Better Reading English: Improve Your Understanding of Written English

by Jenni Currie Santamaria


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Better Reading English: Improve Your Understanding of Written English by Jenni Currie Santamaria

Sharpen your language skills while you send your knowledge of American culture

The more you read in English, the greater your knowledge of the language and of the culture of its native speakers. The short articles in Better Reading English reflect real-life, contemporary issues and situations that will help you understand more about American English and the people who speak it daily.

Each chapter features articles that cover a specific topic, with each subsequent piece becoming more challenging as the section progresses. These engaging texts come from everyday sources, so you get a contemporary snapshot of the culture of the American English-speaking world, from the natural world to urban life, and from the early United States to modern technology. The exercises that follow each article will help the development of your language skills, such as:

● Using word formation, cognates, and context to determine meaning
● Understanding idioms and artistic expressions
● Improving your speed in reading English

Better Reading English will not only help you improve or revive your language skills, but will also open up the enjoyable and exciting world of reading in English.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071744768
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 11/02/2016
Series: Better Reading Series
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,197,563
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jenni Currie Santamaria has been teaching English as a Second Language for twenty years at the adult and college level. She has numerous publications, including two multi-skill textbooks, teachers' guides, and a variety of interactive activities and workbook exercises for English learners. She is currently an ESL instructor and mentor teacher at ABC Adult School in Cerritos, California.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

How to Use This Book xiii

1 Nature in the United States

Yellowstone Park rules 1

Grand Canyon National Park 8

Saving trees 11

An outdoor survival school 15

Excerpt from Hatchet by Gary Paulsen 19

2 The 20th Century

Technology time line 24

Bill Gates at college 29

Rock against the Berlin Wall 33

JFK's inaugural speech 37

Facing tanks in North Africa 41

3 San Francisco

City travel tips 45

A guide to city neighborhoods 50

A new gold rush 54

Caught up in the 1906 earthquake 59

The development of Alcatraz 63

4 The Early United States

Civil War reenactment 67

"Paul Revere's Ride" 71

The Declaration of Independence 76

Christopher Columbus' Journal 80

5 Entertainment

The main movie genres 85

Reviews for Titanic 90

From Norma Jeane to Marilyn Monroe 94

All the world's a stage 98

6 Eating In, Eating Out

Restaurant reviews 103

Choices on a Denny's® menu 107

Trends in supermarket foods 112

Hunting for dinner 116

Christmas morning breakfast 120

7 Playing the Came

The rules for checkers 124

"Take Me Out to the Ball Game" 129

The attraction of golf 133

The invention of basketball 136

Toward the finishing line 140

8 Sickness and Health

Rules for healthful eating 145

Happiness boosters 151

Mental gremlins 156

Symptoms of depression 161

9 Children and Parents

Positive parenting 167

The power of early experience 171

Household chores 176

Establishing yourself as coach 180

10 Free Time, Fun Time

Visiting thrift stores 186

Spirituality and meditation 190

Success at surfing 195

Backpacking into the wilderness 199

Answer Key 207

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