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Help Your Kids with English

Carol Vorderman

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ISBN: 9781409314943
A simple, visual guide to helping children understand English from Carol Vorderman.
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  • Paperback
ISBN: 9781409314943
A simple, visual guide to helping children understand English from Carol Vorderman.


A simple, visual guide to helping children understand English from Carol Vorderman.

Publisher Description

A simple, visual guide to helping children understand English from Carol Vorderman

Reduce the stress of studying English and help your child with their homework by following Help Your Kids with English, a unique visual guide that demystifies the subject for everyone.

Carol Vorderman uses clear, accessible pictures, diagrams and easy-to-follow step-by-steps to cover all the important areas including punctuation, grammar, spelling, and communication skills, so you can approach even the most complex English concepts with confidence. Includes cross-references throughout to show links between language ideas and a glossary of key terms.

Help Your Kids with English is the perfect guide for every frustrated parent and desperate child, who wants to understand English and put what they've learnt into practice.

Author Biography

Carol Vorderman is one of Britain's best known and loved TV personalities. She feels passionately about the value of education, and joined forces with Dorling Kindersley in 1999 to become DK's Education Champion, working with DK to produce this bestselling Made Easy series in Maths, English, and Science.

Carol has a Masters degree in Engineering from Cambridge University, and first became known for performing speedy calculations on television. She is committed to popularising and communicating about maths and science, and writes on these subjects for national newspapers. Carol appears regularly on maths and science television programmes on Channel 4, ITV, and the BBC. She is currently leading a Maths Task-Force for the Conservative Party, investigating how to improve maths teaching in British state schools.

Table of Contents

1: Foreword 2: Why learn the rules? 3: Spoken and written language 4: English around the world 5: Grammar

1: The purpose of grammar

2: Parts of speech 3: Nouns 4: Plurals 5: Adjectives 6: Comparatives and superlatives 7: Articles 8: Determiners 9: Pronouns 10: Number and gender 11: Verbs 12: Adverbs 13: Simple tenses 14: Perfect and continuous tenses 15: Participles 16: Auxiliary verbs 17: Irregular verbs 18: Verb agreement 19: Voices and moods 20: Phrasal verbs 21: Conjunctions 22: Prepositions 23: Interjections 24: Phrases 25: Clauses 26: Sentences 27: Compound sentences 28: Complex sentences 29: Using clauses correctly 30: Managing modifiers 31: Commonly misused words 32: Negatives 33: Relative clauses 34: Idioms, analogies and figures of speech 35: Colloquialisms and slang 36: Direct and indirect speech

6: Punctuation

1: What is punctuation? 2: Full stops and ellipses 3: Commas 4: Other uses of commas 5: Semi-colons 6: Colons 7: Apostrophes 8: Hyphens 9: Inverted commas 10: Question marks 11: Exclamation marks 12: Brackets and dashes 13: Bullet points 14: Numbers, dates and time 15: Other punctuation 16: Italics

7: Spelling

1: Why learn to spell? 2: Alphabetical order 3: Vowel sounds 4: Consonant sounds 5: Syllables 6: Morphemes 7: Understanding English irregularities 8: Roots 9: Prefixes and suffixes 10: Hard and soft letter sounds 11: Words ending in -e or -y 12: Words ending in -tion, -sion or -ssion 13: Words ending in -able or -ible 14: Words ending in -le, -el, -al or -ol 15: Single and double consonant words 16: The "i before e except after c" rule 17: Capital letters 18: Silent letters 19: Compound words 20: Irregular word spellings 21: Homonyms, homophones and homographs 22: Confusing words 23: Other confusing words 24: Abbreviations 25: British and American spellings 26: More British and American spellings

8: Communication skills

1: Effective communication 2: Picking the right words 3: Making sentences interesting 4: Planning and research 5: Paragraphing 6: Genre, purpose and audience 7: Reading and commenting on texts 8: Layout and presentational features 9: Writing to inform 10: Newspaper articles 11: Letters and e-mails 12: Writing to influence 13: Writing to explain or advise 14: Writing to analyse or review 15: Writing to describe 16: Writing from personal experience 17: Writing a narrative 18: Writing for the Web 19: Writing a script 20: Re-creations 21: Checking and editing 22: The spoken word 23: Debates and role plays 24: Writing a speech 25: Presentation skills

8: Reference

1: Reference - Grammar 2: Reference - Punctuation 3: Reference - Spelling 4: Reference - Communication skills 5: Glossary 6: Index 7: Acknowledgements


The queen of numbers has turned her attention to words. Combining colourful diagrams and illustrations with step-by-step instructions, this makes English easier to fathom. -- Natasha Harding The Sun

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Penguin Books Ltd (UK)
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Carol Vorderman
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United Kingdom
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