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Mastering Advanced English Language (Palgrave Master Series) Paperback – 14 Feb 1997

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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (14 Feb. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403936080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403936080
  • ASIN: 0333628322
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 657,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I started teaching English Language, as many teachers do, just a few steps ahead of the students. My BA and MA were in English Literature (King's College, London), so it was in at the deep end with lots of reading to keep me afloat. 'Mastering Advanced English Language' was the result of this experience. There were all kinds of reference books, but few showed me how to use my new-found knowledge. I wanted my book to get readers involved in the process of analysis, using grammar to explore how meaning is created.

Ever since, I've been on the language trail - it's compulsive! Once you start looking at words, you can't stop. I've worked with teachers who want to make students excited about language, lectured on A level language topics, produced online materials, and worked with an exam board. All exciting and challenging experiences convincing me that language study is where everything begins.

'Mastering Practical Grammar' is designed to make readers feel that they too can become language experts. The grammar is covered in more detail and there are lots of sample texts and commentaries. There's also a blog designed to run alongside the book, with exercises to test your knowledge and regular posts on topical language issues. You can follow the most recent post from the twitter link on this page or go to SaraThorneEnglishLanguage.com.


To finish, I would just like to say a very big thank you to my family - I pinch what they say and what they write to fill my pages with real-life (copyright-free) material!

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This book is designed to make an intuitive understanding of language explicit.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

SARA THORNE has many years' experience of teaching English at school and further education level, where she has been responsible for curriculum co-ordination and the development of a range of teaching materials. She is currently an Educational Consultant and LEA English Adviser and is also the author of Mastering Poetry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
This book covers everything from Language issues, language and society and language change right through to stylistics. There are details of the board specifications for coursework and original writing and even mention of case study techniques. Written in a logical and organised manner this book is integral to A and A/S level success, and should be compulsory along with Crystal's Encyclopaedias. Whether revising or covering the topic for the first time, I suggest that you look into this book, and make your own decisions from there.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 May 2000
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I found this book really helpful during my A'level English Language course. It provided all the necessary requirements for my exam. I would highly recommend it for any A'level English Language student.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Emma on 25 May 2007
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This book was recommended by the exam board for my English Language A Level and proved to be a big help. I've even been able to refer to it during the first year of my degree. A helpful, easy to understand book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Swan on 26 May 2009
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I was greatly suprised by the coverage of this book. First off, the chapters on language and word classes are in depth and comprehensive. Some areas are left a little ambiguous and not all areas have good enough examples; some forms of verbs I am yet to grasp because of the lack of depth.
Later chapters then look at the way language is used in a variety of mediums from poetry and literature to politics and journalism. If you are writing a paper on the stylistics of a contemporary format then this is indispensible.
It works very well for me as I will be using it to structure some taught classes following some of the ideas in this text; especially the Journalism chaper which has an indepth coverage of the format.
I would recomend this book to both language and literature learners and would encourage really reading and learning from the book rather than looking for quick answers as so much can be taken from this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 28 April 2009
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Sara Thorne's book covers everything around language issues, that an A-level English Language student (and much that an undergraduate) could conceivably need to know. Detailed specifications for AQA, OCR and Edexcel mean that it's suitable for all exam boards. If you are studying AS or A2 English Language then this is a must have book for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Danielle, BA (hons) English Lit & Lang on 14 Nov. 2011
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My lecturer advised this book for mature students as it covers English at a high academic level without being mind boggling--although it is soft with its approach the content is high quality and not to be thought of as lesser in anyway. The book can be used for both high end and low end English. It covers a variety of usage and uses different techniques to get the point across for the different tastes, needs and level of the reader.

I can honestly see this book being used by a person in their first year of a degree or even A-level.

I will use it not only for reference purposes but general study.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jonige on 22 July 2012
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They say that knowledge is power, and that true power comes from confidence and control of the dangerous and the complex.
With this book, power is easily acheived. It is clear, concise and provides wonderful way to discover and memorize the true joys of the English language. A must read for all English Lingustics & Language Students!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M.P. on 17 Feb. 2009
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Been using this book to help me with my A2 Language course, and the book is quite good. Some bits may not be that useful or relevant for college use depending on your course, but all-in-all, I have no complaints about the product and feel happy about it.
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