Fundamentals of English: A Guide to Expressing and Analysing Meaning

Author: Frances Russell Matthews, Publisher: Phoenix
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9781876580018

Fundamentals of English provides clear explanations and examples of all the writing forms and language features a senior student is expected to use in essays, assignments and examinations.

Each section in Fundamentals of English includes a variety of practical exercises to assist students to learn and practice skills. Fundamentals of English Workbook is designed to be used as a classroom text but is also suited for independent use by students who need the material to effectively study senior English.

Contents

  • Introduction
  • The elements of effective communication

1 The basics of communication 

 

  • Generating ideas
  • Developing enthusiasm
  • The impact of genre
  • Writing style
  • How do I understand or create a work?
  • Point of view
  • Getting down to details
  • Clarifying ideas
  • Organising ideas
  • Refining ideas

 

2 Your own composition

 

  • Thinking about words
  • Getting the spelling right
  • Spelling and the Internet
  • Letter styles
  • Grammar essentials
  • Essentials about nouns
  • Essentials about pronouns
  • Essentials about verbs
  • Essentials about adjectives
  • Essentials about adverbs
  • Essentials about prepositions
  • Understanding and using emotive language in written text
  • Examples to consider
  • The emotive language of visual images
  • Combining words effectively
  • Essentials of sentence structure
  • Conjunctions
  • Using correct punctuation
  • Full stops
  • Capitals
  • Commas
  • Apostrophes
  • Semicolons
  • Exclamation marks
  • Dashes
  • Hyphens
  • Colons
  • Understanding and using tone
  • Some important terms
  • What kinds of attitude can the writer have?
  • What is diction?
  • Understanding register
  • Formal English
  • Colloquial register
  • Slang
  • The register of images
  • Register and the Internet
  • Jargon
  • Expanding meaning - using literary techniques to advantage

 

3 Forms of writing

 

  • What is an essay?
  • Understanding the purpose
  • The task or instruction words
  • The topic words
  • The limiting words
  • Exploring the question
  • Constructing your essay
  • Getting started - the introduction
  • Constructing paragraphs
  • Connecting your paragraphs
  • Drafting your concluding paragraph
  • Evaluating your first draft
  • Precision
  • Unity
  • Coherence
  • Principles of presentation
  • Using quotations
  • Presenting your bibliography
  • Footnotes and endnotes
  • Writing dialogue
  • The essential questions in close-up
  • Writing description
  • Capturing character
  • Smart tips for the creative writing task
  • Writing narrative
  • Varying your approach even further
  • The essentials of narratives
  • Writing travelogue
  • Writing autobiography
  • Writing a poem
  • Writing a script for television
  • Writing a stage play
  • Writing exposition
  • Writing letters
  • Using electronic mail (e-mail)

 

4 Workplace communication

  • Getting the job: resumes and curriculum vitae
  • What the CV includes
  • Effective layout of a CV
  • The covering letter
  • The employment interview
  • Preparation
  • Types of interviews
  • Interview skills
  • Effective listening skills
  • Questioning styles
  • After the interview
  • Writing reports
  • Formatting your reports
  • Conducting and participating in meetings
  • The role of the secretary
  • The meeting agenda
  • Minutes of meetings
  • The chair
  • Conduct of meetings
  • Writing to sell - effective advertising
  • What is advertising?
  • The types of advertising
  • The principles of advertising
  • How do advertisements achieve success?
  • A final point
  • Creating a website

5 Speaking out: - the art of oral persuasion

  • Writing speeches
  • The art of speech giving
  • Ten tips on the art of speaking well
  • Your friends and your voice
  • Your voice itself
  • Tone and mood
  • Posture and your speech
  • Other vocal points to work on
  • Effective debating
  • The essential roles of the team members
  • Essential officials
  • Marking a debate
  • Some points on debating technique
  • Using chat lines

6 Understanding and writing responses to literature

  • Developing your comprehension skills
  • Skim reading
  • Close reading
  • The reading task
  • Smart tips for the reading task
  • Honing your reading skills for reading tasks
  • Preparing for the formal study of literature
  • Traditional ballads
  • Fables, parables and proverbs
  • Myths
  • Folktales
  • Short stories
  • The basics of poetry
  • Ten keys to successful poetry analysis
  • The forms of poetry
  • The basic themes of poetry
  • Useful technical terms to know when writing about poetry
  • Poetry essay strategy
  • The basics of plays
  • The essentials of drama
  • The importance of dialogue in drama
  • The origins of theatre
  • The world of Shakespeare
  • The basics of novels
  • Types of novels
  • The essentials of novels

7 The media.

 

  • The print media
  • The structure of newspaper reports
  • Identifying techniques of persuasion
  • Visual media
  • Film documentaries
  • Motion pictures
  • Movie genres

 

8 Computer research.

  • Using CD-ROMs
  • Using the Net

Answers to exercises

More Information
Year Level Year 10, Year 11, Year 12
ISBN 9781876580018
Subject English
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