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Language Power helps students take control of their writing. Diagnostic activities allow students and instructors to pinpoint strengths and areas for improvement. Twenty-five tutorials give students new strategies and tools for understanding and improving vocabulary usage, grammar, and style. Whether students work through Language Power on their own or instructors integrate tutorials into class lessons, the end result is the same—students come to understand their options as writers and make confident choices to communicate with their audience and achieve their goals.Written by UC Davis professor and ESL specialist Dana Ferris, Language Power is ideal for second language learning and first-year composition and for courses that need to address both. It can be the main text for any writing course or a robust supplement.
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Table of Contents
- Preface for teachers: Provide suggestions for integrating the material into a course syllabus and providing effective feedback. Discussion of research informing the content and structure of the lessons and other materials in the book. References to support materials online.
- Introduction for students: Provide context for all material in the book. Discuss why errors matter (real-world audiences, clarity & effectiveness of communication for readers). Define and discuss global and local revision.
- Grammar knowledge questionnaire for students
- Diagnostic writing/error analysis activity for students/teacher to identify initial trouble spots for individuals and the whole class
- Charts for students to track their progress—also available online?
Mastering the basics (Foundation)
- Parts of Speech Review
- Understanding Subjects & Verbs
- Clause Types & Sentence Patterns
- Analyzing Vocabulary in Assigned Readings
- Cohesion & Coherence Between & Within Paragraphs
- Lexical Variety in Writing
- Grammar Power
- Punctuation Power Tackling Problem Areas (Practice)
- Strategies for Self-Editing
- Wordy Sentences
- Passive Voice
- Inaccurate Word Choice
- Informal Word Choice
- Word Form Errors
- The Big 3 Comma Errors
- Apostrophe Errors
- Other Punctuation Problems
- Pronoun Reference & Shifts
- Verb Tense (Shifts and Contrasts)
- Subject-Verb Agreement
- Sentence Boundaries (Run-Ons, Comma Splices, & Fragments)
- Noun Plurals
- The Big 3 Article Errors
- Verb Phrases (verb form issues; modals and other auxiliaries)
- Prepositions/Prepositional Phrases
Developing Academic Language & Style (Application)
- Grammar Knowledge Questionnaire
- Final Writing & Error Analysis
- Reflection & Analysis Activities