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English for Careers : Business, Professional, and Technical

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Edition:
8th
ISBN13:

9780130934475

ISBN10:
013093447X
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2002
Publisher(s):
PRENTICE HALL

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Summary

KEY BENEFIT: Designed to keep pace with current workplace needs and the emerging 21st century culture, this book offers a lively, accessible, and user-friendly alternative for the many (including those with poor English skills) who dread the thought of barebones traditional grammar and communication instruction and its overkill of rules. KEY TOPICS: With a focus on "real-world" English skills that contribute to good workplace communication, this book emphasizes principles that reflect the oral and written communication of today' s Standard English, as used by well-informed people. MARKET: For office managers, accountants, executives, office personnel department heads and sales people

Table of Contents

Dear Student xi
Pretest xv
About the Author xvii
Acknowledgments xix
Tools of the Trade Parts of Speech
1(25)
Read, Recap, Replay
Who or What
2(5)
Doing, Having, Being, and Helping
7(3)
The Modifiers
10(4)
The Connectors
14(5)
Versatile Tools
19(1)
Dictionary Data
20(3)
Checkpoint
23(1)
Special Assignments
24(1)
Proofreading for Careers
24(1)
Practice Quiz
25(1)
Secret Life of a Sentence Revealed Fragments, Run-Ons, Comma Splices, Correct Sentences
26(23)
Read, Recap, Replay
Identity, Action, Independence
27(4)
Fragments, Anyone?
31(3)
Capital Punishment
34(2)
Three Important Connections
36(5)
Making More Connections
41(3)
Full Stops Ahead
44(1)
Checkpoint
45(1)
Special Assignments
46(1)
Proofreading for Careers
46(1)
Practice Quiz
47(2)
Ain't is in the Dictionary Dictionary Use in the 21st Century
49(21)
Read, Recap, Replay
All Shapes and Sizes
51(4)
Misspellers Anonymous
55(4)
Cracking the Code
59(3)
An Owner's Manual
62(4)
Checkpoint
66(1)
Special Assignment
67(1)
Proofreading for Careers
68(1)
Practice Quiz
68(2)
Apples, Tigers, and Swahili Plural, Compound, Proper, and Inclusive Nouns
70(23)
Read, Recap, Replay
Safety in Numbers
71(3)
The Eccentric S
74(2)
Plurals Out of Uniform
76(2)
Compounds and Propers
78(4)
Banishing Bias from Business English
82(5)
Vocabulary Building
87(2)
Checkpoint
89(1)
Special Assignments
89(1)
Proofreading for Careers
90(1)
Practice Quiz
91(2)
Be Kind to the Substitute Week Pronouns
93(24)
Read, Recap, Replay
Just Between You and Me
94(4)
Me, Myself, and I
98(3)
A Tale of a Lizard's Tail
101(1)
A Whodunit
102(4)
Everybody Needs Milk
106(4)
A Gaggle of Geese
110(3)
Checkpoint
113(1)
Special Assignments
113(2)
Proofreading for Careers
115(1)
Practice Quiz
116(1)
Looking for the Action? Then Find the Verbs!
117(25)
Read, Recap, Replay
Timely Tips
119(3)
Delinquent Verbs
122(3)
Dictionary Data
125(2)
Identifying Subjects and Verbs
127(3)
Making the Subject and Verb Agree
130(4)
If I Were a Millionaire
134(1)
A Swarm of Bees
135(2)
Checkpoint
137(1)
Special Assignment
138(2)
Proofreading for Careers
140(1)
Practice Quiz
140(2)
Words that Describe Adjectives and Adverbs
142(21)
Read, Recap, Replay
Pointers for Pointers
143(2)
Three Little Words
145(2)
I Don't Want No Broccoli
147(2)
Good, Gooder, Goodest??
149(3)
To Ly or Not to Ly, That is the Question
152(2)
More Shakespeare / More Comparisons
154(4)
Checkpoint
158(2)
Special Assignment
160(1)
Proofreading for Careers
160(2)
Practice Quiz
162(1)
The Taming of the Apostrophe Possessives and Other Apostrophe Usage
163(16)
Read, Recap, Replay
The Ubiquitous S
164(3)
Before or After?
167(4)
More Apostrophes
171(3)
Checkpoint
174(2)
Special Assignment
176(1)
Proofreading for Careers
177(1)
Practice Quiz
177(2)
The Pause that Refreshes ,.!?
179(23)
Read, Recap, Replay
Wine, Women, and Song
180(1)
For Adjectives Only
181(2)
Independents' Day
183(1)
Curtain Raisers
184(3)
Four Easy Commas
187(2)
A Comma Medley
189(2)
To Comma or Not To Comma
191(3)
Uncommon Commas
194(1)
In Conclusion .!?
195(3)
Checkpoint
198(1)
Special Assignment
199(1)
Proofreading for Careers
200(1)
Practice Quiz
200(2)
Punctuation Potpourri (,.!?;:''-'-_)
202(20)
Read, Recap, Replay
The Halfway Mark ;
203(3)
An Easy Mark :
206(2)
Plagiarism's Enemy ''
208(2)
Half a Dash -
210(4)
Wild Apostrophes '
214(2)
Good Marksmanship -( )
216(2)
Checkpoint
218(1)
Special Assignment
219(1)
Proofreading for Careers
219(1)
Practice Quiz
220(2)
A Business Dictionary Specialized Business Vocabulary
222(19)
Read, Recap, Replay
Account Executive Through Byte
223(2)
Certificate of Deposit Through Exchange Rate
225(2)
Exemption Through Markup
227(2)
Merit Rating Through Power of Attorney
229(2)
Promissory Note Through WYSIWIG
231(2)
Spelling and Pronunciation for Mavens
233(3)
Checkpoint
236(1)
Special Assignment
237(2)
Proofreading for Careers
239(1)
Practice Quiz
239(2)
Weather or Knot Homonyms, Prepositions, Pronunciation
241(21)
Read, Recap, Replay
Confusing Pears
242(3)
An Apple Has a Peel
245(3)
Lettuce Devise a Device
248(3)
Bee Quite Quiet
251(2)
Do's and Don'ts for Prepositions
253(2)
Let's Talk Business
255(3)
Checkpoint
258(1)
Useful Definitions
258(1)
Special Assignment
259(1)
Proofreading for Careers
260(1)
Practice Quiz
260(2)
Sentence Power Writing Great Sentences
262(24)
Read, Recap, Replay
Secret Review
263(5)
TLC for Pronouns
268(4)
Ladies with Concrete Heads and Parallel Parts
272(3)
The Beeline
275(3)
Don't Let Your Verbals Dangle in Public
278(4)
Checkpoint
282(1)
Special Assignments
282(1)
Proofreading for Careers
283(1)
Practice Quiz
283(3)
Sincerely Yours Workplace Writing
286(113)
Read, Recap, Replay
Looking Good
287(4)
Choosing the Right Parts for the Right Places
291(6)
Producing Written Communications
297(9)
Sounding Good
306(4)
Writing for Multimedia
310(4)
Barbara Moran
Checkpoint
314(1)
Special Assignment
315(1)
Proofreading for Careers
315(1)
Practice Quiz
315(2)
APPENDIXES
A Pop Quizzes
317(26)
B Spelling and Vocabulary for Careers
343(3)
C Final Rehearsal
346(4)
D Mini Reference Manual-Read and Replay
350(14)
E Recap and Replay Answers
364(35)
Index 399

Excerpts

Dear Student Despite learning the advanced technology of your chosen field, you may not get the job you want if your communication ability is inadequate. Someone who does get the job may lose it when it's discovered that the employee can't spell or write a clear, correct sentence. Others may keep their jobs but be stuck at a dead end, unable to advance to meaningful careers because of poor or mediocre oral or written communication. THE EMPEROR'S GRAMMAR In the year 1414, Sigismund, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, said (in Latin) to an important church official who had objected to His Majesty's grammar: "Ego sum rex Romanus et supra grammaticam." (I am the Roman king and am above grammar.) If you are a Roman king, don't bother to read on. For the rest of us, the language we use, both spoken and written, significantly affects our ability to earn a good living, advance in a career, and even enjoy good social contacts. THE FRESH START Most of us enjoy the feeling of making a fresh start when we begin a new course. The new textbook, perhaps a new CD-ROM and a new notebook, fresh pencils, and a ballpoint that writes as though it will never run out--these all contribute to the enthusiasm and the resolve to do well. You can turn this fresh start into a successful experience that you enjoy and that will help your career. THE LANGUAGE OF CAREERS What kind of language does a business, professional, or technical career require? "Career English" is not a special or separate language. It is the language of network television newscasters and is often calledStandard English.It includes the English principles you already know, those you learned in the past and forgot, and those you wish you had learned. DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS We all use several language styles to help communicate successfully with different people in various situations. Imagine talking with a group of adults at a party; now picture yourself warning a young child away from a hot stove. Think about how your communication style would differ. Perhaps you use slang or possibly a regional or ethnic dialect in everyday conversation with certain friends and family. You might use a different communication style with other friends or acquaintances. We all vary our communication style with the circumstances. Standard English is the name of the style essential for success in business, professional, and technical careers as well as in many personal relationships. With a good command ofEnglish for Careers,you can communicate confidently and correctly for your career and with business and professional colleagues. THE SYSTEM You learn only the Standard English usage principles needed by adults to communicate successfully and confidently in the workplace. I've left out or simplified the grammar terms and rules. You'll focus only on principles needed for oral and written communication of today's Standard English, as used by well-informed people. Most adults need instruction in Standard English for careers to be sure of being right. The information you need is presented in an interesting and amusing way that makes learning efficient. ENGLISH FOR CAREERSIS DIFFERENT This book is different. You don't browse through it. You don't read it like other books. What you DO is learn your way through it! CHAPTER ORGANIZATION STARTING PAGES Each of the 14 chapters has starting pages that include a painting of people at work in a particular field, objectives, and an introduction to that chapter's topics. These pages also tell you exactly what skills and knowledge you should expect to acquire by the time you complete the chapter. READ, RECAP, REPLAY Next come unique learning steps calledRead, Recap,andReplay.When youRead,you get information i


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