Help Your Kids with English

Help Your Kids with English : A Unique Step-by-Step Visual Guide

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Continuing the best-selling "Help Your Kids..." series, this simple, visual guide helps parents and their children to understand and use the English language, including grammar, punctuation, spelling, and communication skills.

Carol Vorderman combines pictures, diagrams, and easy-to-follow instructions and examples to cover all the important areas, so you can approach even the most complex English concepts with confidence. Whether you are a kid who wants to structure and write the perfect essay, a parent confused by the words "disinterested" and "uninterested", or a teacher who needs a refresher course in using commas, Help Your Kids With English can help. It also includes colour-coded cross-references on every spread to show links between language ideas, as well as a comprehensive glossary of key terms at the back of the book.

This clear and accessible book aims to reduce the stress of studying English and helps your child with their classroom projects and homework. It is the perfect guide for every frustrated parent and desperate child who wants to understand English and put what they've learnt into practise.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 197 x 243 x 18mm | 816g
  • DK
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 1409314944
  • 9781409314943
  • 17,595

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
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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 20130829
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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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About Carol Vorderman

Carol Vorderman, one of Britain's best known and loved TV personalities, feels passionately about the value of education. Carol joined forces with DK in 1999 to become DK's Education Champion and has helped them to build the bestselling "Made Easy" series, which includes topics in maths, English, and science and technology. She has also encouraged parents and their teenage children to work together in the "Help Your Kids" series, which includes Help Your Kids With Maths and Help Your Kids With Music. Versatile as ever, Carol has also provided an accessible and fun entry into the world of computer programming with Computer Coding Projects For Kids.
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