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The Natural Approach: From Theory to Practice (McGraw-Hill Teleconference Videos on Topics in Second Language Teaching and Learning Series) (ISBN: 007-079620-3 / 0070796203)
The Natural Approach: From Theory to Practice (McGraw-Hill Teleconference Videos on Topics in Second Language Teaching and Learning Series) (ISBN: 007-079620-3 / 0070796203)
by Harold B Allen
Edition: Accessory

5.0 out of 5 stars A great discussion on the great The Natural Approach, 23 Sept. 2006
This video, filmed in 1994, is the first of the McGraw-Hill Satellite Teleconferences on Topics in Second Language Acquisition. The focus of this video is on the theoretical underpinnings and the practical application of the Natural Approach. The Natural Approach is an inductive method of language teaching, developed by Stephen D. Krashen and Tracy D. Terrell, that has among its hypotheses that language is acquired in stages, that comprehension precedes production, and that language is best learned in a low anxiety atmosphere. Participants include moderator Gerard L. Ervin, Ohio State University; Emeritus Jeanne Egasse, Irvine Valley College; Magdalena Andrade, California State University--Long Beach; Elias Miguel Munoz; Mary B. Rogers, Friends University Wichita; and Erwin Tshirner, University of Iowa.


The River and the Forest: Volodya's Journey through Siberia
The River and the Forest: Volodya's Journey through Siberia
by Anthea Bell
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A child's evocative journey through Siberia, 22 Sept. 2006
This is a remarkable and beatifully written children's book. It depicts the evocative story of a young boy's solitary journey through the wilds of Siberia where nature can be kind as well as cruel. First published in Russia in 1973, it was translated a year later into German. After getting into the besteller children's fiction list in Germany, it was translated from German into English in 1978 and is a book we've returned to time and time again as a family. Very much recommended and it really deserves to go into paperback if not film!


Prize One Act Plays: 1935: Three Plays Chosen for Professional Production by the International One-Act Play Theatre
Prize One Act Plays: 1935: Three Plays Chosen for Professional Production by the International One-Act Play Theatre
by Elizabeth Everard
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Three wide ranging plays by the great and lesser known, 22 Sept. 2006
This 1935 volume contains the award-winning The Royal Inn by the famous Welsh writer Ronald Elwy Mitchell, The Widow of Ephesus by the scholar Vincent Godefroy and The Boys of Bisley by the sadly little known J. R. Clemens


Indian Thought and Its Development
Indian Thought and Its Development
by Albert Schweitzer
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars India the cradle of deep religious thinking, 21 Sept. 2006
India has been a cradle of deep religious thinking for millennia and in Indian Thought and Its Development, Albert Schweitzer describes the history and development of Indian thought about the world and ethics. He very readably presents a story of an uneasy co-existence in Indian thought of world and life affirmation alongside of world and life negation. While both have been present from the beginning of Indian religious thinking, world affirmation has in recent centuries been fueled by a natural desire for ethical action in the world, and has eclipsed the previously dominant and more intellectually convincing world negation.

Schweitzer shows great respect for Indian beliefs, particularly their willingness to extend ethical concerns beyond humans to all of life. However, he is not convinced that their ethical concerns are based on a firm foundation that will withstand critical appraisal. His concern with a firm foundation in Eastern thought is a consequence of his assessment that Western world affirmation and ethics had floundered since at least the eighteenth century. Without a rational, consistent foundation, ethical thinking and action cannot endure.

Indian Thought and Its Development is a brilliant, consistent assessment of a huge body of religious thought. Those interested in Indian religious thinking through the early years of the twentieth century, or the interaction of Western and Eastern thought, will find it very rewarding!


English as a Foreign Language: Grammar and Syntax for Teachers and Advanced Students
English as a Foreign Language: Grammar and Syntax for Teachers and Advanced Students
by R. A. Close
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for the novice as well as the experienced, 21 Sept. 2006
Close's "English as a foreign language" argues that the grammar of English is a matter of relatively few but quite powerful distinctions including that between objective grammar as Fact ("children" not " childs") and subjective grammar as Choice ("I live/am living in Kent" are both possible). Essential reading for the novice as well as the experienced ELT teacher


The Official Sloane Ranger Diary: The First Guide to the Sloane Year (Harpers & Queen)
The Official Sloane Ranger Diary: The First Guide to the Sloane Year (Harpers & Queen)
by Ann Barr
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting anthropological account, 17 Sept. 2006
Having had the privilege of reading the accompanying text, "The Sloane Ranger Handbook", it was with equal interest and fascination that I was able to read the Sloane Ranger Diary. It was highly enjoyable learning and assimilating the exact details of the events and activities that the Sloane species partake in during the calendar year, with their Beagle Hunt Balls, shooting seasons, binge drinking Deb's balls etc. The authors were very precise when listing and disclosing their reflections about these social occasions and it compares well with the exploits revealed by the Sunday papers. It is certainly true to say that this social group lead a very sociable and eventful lifestyle which is most enviable for those in the more Big Brother watching Chavish divisions of society.


Apes and Parrots: An Anthology of Parodies
Apes and Parrots: An Anthology of Parodies
by John Collings Squire
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry at its best and what a wonderous discovery!, 17 Sept. 2006
Apes and Parrots: An Anthology of Parodies is a superb anthology of tales and poems from such authors as Chesterton, O Henry, A. E. Housman, Max Beerbohm and Hilaire Belloc - all beautifully parodied and guaranteed to make the most sour faced of us smile and laugh out aloud :-)


McCreary Moves in
McCreary Moves in
by Morris West
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars South-East Asia escapades!, 16 Sept. 2006
This review is from: McCreary Moves in (Hardcover)
McCreary Moves In was first published in 1958 and re-issued by Heinemann in 1974. For his first two books (McCreary Moves In, and, The Naked Country) Morris West wrote under the pen name of Michael East. McCreary Moves In tells the story of an Irish oil field engineer working in Djakarta who is offered a huge sum to drill on a remote island where he meets Lisette and within twenty-four hours finds himself involved in murder, intrigue and international fraud. Strongly recommended to those who have worked in South-East Asia as it is well researched and all engrossing!


Caro, The Fatal Passion: The Life of Lady Caroline Lamb (Biography)
Caro, The Fatal Passion: The Life of Lady Caroline Lamb (Biography)
by Henry Blyth
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better Craoline Lamb Biographies, 12 Sept. 2006
Blyth portrays Lamb with a zest, charm and wry affection that makes Caro a curiously lovable woman, a refreshing and welcome change from those who wrote her other biographies. Accurate and engrossing, it's a shame that Blythe didn't have the opportunity to write a similar biography about Byron. Strongly recommended!


Mf
Mf
by Anthony Burgess
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A darkly surreal comedy of dazzling linguistic inventiveness, 12 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Mf (Paperback)
Kicked out of college and harassed by his lawyer, Miles Faber abandons New York and embarks on a defiant pilgrimage across the Caribbean to find the shrine of Sib Legeru, an obscure poet and painter. But in the streets of Castita's capital, where a wild religious festival is in full swing, a series of bizarre encounters - including his own repulsive doppelganger (the son of a circus bird-woman) - and disturbing family revelations await Miles, who soon finds himself a willing victim of dynastic destiny. A darkly surreal comedy of dazzling linguistic inventiveness, MF is an outrageous tale of blood, lust and the machinations of fate.


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