English Essentials / Edition 1 available in Paperback
John Langan's English Essentials offers guidance through the grammar, punctuation, and usage skills needed for success in college and beyond. In short, English Essentials is an efficient, accessible, and helpful guide to mastering practical English skills.
The book is divided into four parts Part One covers fifteen basic skills; Part Two offers more in-depth information about those and other skills; Part Three presents the essential skills of proofreading, and Part Four covers spelling improvement and dictionary use. This student-friendly organization and structure makes the book easy to navigate and a flexible guide.Each section provides essential instructions followed by ample activities to encourage learning in the best possible way: by doing.
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About the Author
John Langan has taught reading and writing at Atlantic Cape Community College for more than 25 years. The author of a popular series of college textbooks on both writing and reading, John enjoys the challenge of developing instructive materials that are clear and lively. Before teaching, he earned advanced degrees in writing at Rutgers University and in reading at Rowan University. He also spent a year writing fiction that “is now at the back of a drawer waiting to be discovered and acclaimed posthumously.” While in school, he supported himself by working as a truck driver, a machinist, a battery assembler, a hospital attendant, and an apple packer. In addition to his wife and Philly sports teams, his passions include reading and conveying to nonreaders the pleasure and power of books. Through Townsend Press, his educational publishing company, he has developed the nonprofit “Townsend Library”a collection of more than 100 new and classic stories that appeal to readers of any age.
Table of Contents
Preface to the InstructorIntroductionAbout the BookBecoming a Better WriterWriting Assignments
Part One: Fourteen Basic Skills Preview 1: Subjects and Verbs 2: Irregular Verbs 3: Subject-Verb Agreement 4: Sentence Types 5: Fragments I 6: Fragments II 7: Run-Ons and Comma Splices I 8: Run-Ons and Comma Splices II 9: The Comma 10: The Apostrophe 11: Quotation Marks 12: Homonyms 13: Capital Letters 14: Parallelism
Part Two: Extending the Skills Preview 15: Preparing a Paper 16: Punctuation Marks 17: Pronoun Forms 18: Pronoun Problems 19: Adjectives and Adverbs 20: Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers 21: Word Choice 22: Numbers and Abbreviations 23: More about Subjects and Verbs 24: More about Subject-Verb Agreement 25: More about Verbs 26: Even More about Verbs 27: More about Run-Ons and Comma Splices 28: More about Commas 29: More about Apostrophes 30: More about Quotation Marks 31: More about Homonyms 32: More about Capital Letters
Part Three: Proofreading Preview 33: Basics about Proofreading 34: Ten Proofreading Tests
Part Four: Related Matters Preview 35: Spelling Improvement 36: Parts of Speech 37: Dictionary UseIndex