In his Reading Comprehension course, Joel Gonzaga helps you ace the standardized tests as well as gain a lifelong appreciation for reading. Joel's style reflects his years of experience teaching both native English speakers and ESL students. Joel also makes his course as entertaining as possible with topics covering Nikola Tesla to zombies, all the while dispensing useful tips and tricks. Everything is covered from root words, themes, and plays, to skimming and standardized testing. Lessons come with assignments to help students solidify the latest lessons, as well as downloadable compositions.
Rebekah Hendershot makes learning English Grammar fun for both the native speaker improving their writing or for English learners working on the basics. Rebekah begins with explanations of grammar concepts, then dives into detail with examples from pop culture and classic literature, before ending lessons with hands-on examples in useful contexts. Rebekah utilizes her Master's of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California as well as her experience teaching and editing under her own company from 2006. Her course covers everything from the parts of speech, tenses, troublesome verbs, parallelism, and idioms.
English literature is a treasure trove of wonderful poetry. From Shakespeare to Milton, Keats to Shelley and Tennyson to Yeats, this accessible history (especially written for Naxos AudioBooks) introduces the listener to countless small masterpieces, including all the old favorites and some lesser-known gems.
In its long history, the English language has had many lawmakers - those who have tried to regulate or otherwise organize the way we speak. The Lexicographer's Dilemma poses a pair of questions: What does proper English mean? And who gets to say what's right?
With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson – the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent – brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience, and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can't) to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells the fascinating, often uproarious story of an inadequate, second-rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world's largest growth industries.