Communicative Language Teaching

In this thoughtful and comprehensive book, Ryofu Pussel draws on his more than eight years of teaching German and English to speakers of other languages, as well as his Master of Education degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Australia, providing a comprehensive explanation and critical analysis of the concept of communicative foreign language teaching and learning. Written in a clear style and assuming no prior knowledge, this book provides a fresh and fascinating insight into the theory and practice of communicative language teaching. This book will be appreciated by teachers, students, and scholars alike.
In the first two chapters of this book, the historical context of language teaching and learning, as well as a description and comparison of language learning and teaching theories will be looked at. Six chapters are concerned with the course design of a communicative foreign language teaching: pre-course planning, the Student Needs Analysis, planning and specifying content, methodology, programming a unit, and sequencing the four macroskills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). This builds the ‘base” of communicative language teaching, and it is followed by an analysis of the bottom-up and top-down approaches of teaching, reading, spelling, and writing lessons; the benefits and drawbacks of process-writing will be looked at in detail, and a practical classroom application shall bring the findings into an applied context . Assessment and evaluation form an important part of communicative language teaching and learning, and are therefore analysed in detail. A summary brings all findings together, and a syllabus outline of the followingtopics demonstrates that the theoretical findings of this book can be applied into real, practical examples of classroom teaching: Talk about yourself, talk about your family, occupations, art, entertainment / cinema / video, accommodation and hotels (travel), reading maps / directions / transport, music, food and drink, socializing, media (TV /radio / newspaper / magazines), shopping, weather, sports, health, talking about stars, and talking about past experiences. Methodology is put into practical application by providing a complete sample lesson plan (unit: weather). A complete index and reference list shall enable the interested reader to engage into further studies of this topic.
Historical Context of Language Teaching and Learning
Description and Comparison of Theories of Language Teaching and Learning
Course Design: Pre-Course Planning
Course Design: Student Needs Analysis
Course Design: Planning and Specifying Contents
Course Design: Methodology
Course Design: Programming a Unit
Explanation and Practical Example
Course Design: Sequencing the Macroskills
Bottom-Up and Top-Down Approaches
Reading and Spelling
Writing: Benefits and Drawbacks of Process-Writing
Practical Classroom Application
Assessment and Evaluation
Syllabus Outline
Unit: Talk about yourself
Unit: Talk about your family
Unit: Occupations
Unit: Art
Unit: Entertainment / cinema / video
Unit: Accommodation and hotels (travel)
Unit: Reading maps / directions / transport
Unit: Music
Unit: Food and drink
Unit: Socializing
Unit: Media (TV /radio / newspaper / magazines)
Unit: Shopping
Unit: Weather
Unit: Sports
Unit: Health
Unit: Let’s talk about stars Unit: Past experiences
Methodology: Sample Lesson Plan
Lesson Plan



George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, has authored a personal biography of his father, George H. W. Bush, the 41st President.
Forty-three men have served as President of the United States. Countless books have been written about them. But never before has a President told the story of his father, another President, through his own eyes and in his own words. A unique and intimate biography, the book covers the entire scope of the elder President Bush’s life and career, including his service in the Pacific during World War II, his pioneering work in the Texas oil business, and his political rise as a Congressman, U.S. Representative to China and the United Nations, CIA Director, Vice President, and President.  The book shines new light on both the accomplished statesman and the warm, decent man known best by his family. In addition, George W. Bush discusses his father’s influence on him throughout his own life, from his childhood in West Texas to his early campaign trips with his father, and from his decision to go into politics to his own two-term Presidency.


Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties

Practical, effective, evidence-based reading interventions that change students’ lives

Essentials of Understanding and Assessing Reading Difficulties is a practical, accessible, in-depth guide to reading assessment and intervention. It provides a detailed discussion of the nature and causes of reading difficulties, which will help develop the knowledge and confidence needed to accurately assess why a student is struggling. Readers will learn a framework for organizing testing results from current assessment batteries such as the WJ-IV, KTEA-3, and CTOPP-2. Case studies illustrate each of the concepts covered. A thorough discussion is provided on the assessment of phonics skills, phonological awareness, word recognition, reading fluency, and reading comprehension. Formatted for easy reading as well as quick reference, the text includes bullet points, icons, callout boxes, and other design elements to call attention to important information.

Although a substantial amount of research has shown that most reading difficulties can be prevented or corrected, standard reading remediation efforts have proven largely ineffective. School psychologists are routinely called upon to evaluate students with reading difficulties and to make recommendations to address such difficulties. This book provides an overview of the best assessment and intervention techniques, backed by the most current research findings.

  • Bridge the gap between research and practice
  • Accurately assess the reason(s) why a student struggles in reading
  • Improve reading skills using the most highly effective evidence-based techniques

Reading may well be the most important thing students are taught during their school careers. It is a skill they will use every day of their lives; one that will dictate, in part, later life success. Struggling students need help now, and Essentials of Understanding and Assessing Reading Difficulties shows how to get these students on track.


Whole Language

Just what is Whole Language? Does the term have a core meaning? As teachers, researchers, and teacher educators, the authors of this book maintain that it does and, having worked extensively with the concept of Whole Language, they recognize the need to clarify that meaning.

To demonstrate that Whole Language is much more than a label, they offer here

  • a clear and comprehensive discussion of the theoretical supports for Whole Language that comes primarily from theory about language and language acquisition;
  • a thorough explanation of why Whole Language is not the same as the “whole world” approach to language teaching;
  • a discussion of how Whole Language fits into a history of other progressive movements in education;
  • and exploration of the relationship between Whole Language and the writing process;
  • a series of compelling vignettes of life in a Whole Language classroom.

Readers who want to increase their understanding of this trend in American education will learn that Whole Language is much more than a label; it is a perspective, a theory-in-practice, a powerful alternative with a history.

The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents

The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents: Eighth Edition contains more in-depth information about every U.S. president to hold office than any other single book. A factual, unbiased look at every American chief executive, this book chronicles their lives, their administrations, their friends and foes, their successes and their failures. This unique reference volume will be fully updated to include the results of the highly controversial 2012 election.



This title offers a comprehensive and detailed overview of the 44 presidents of the United States. The president of the United States is a highly visible public figure, a bearer of immense responsibility, and the subject of intense scrutiny. He is accountable for war, economic depression, domestic strife, national security, partisan politics, and overseas conflict. Presidents, Third Edition closely examines the hopes and disappointments, the victories and defeats, and the integrity and perfidy of the men who have held this office. Featuring up-to-date information, including the January 2009 inauguration, this new edition is an expertly written, detailed reference that narrates and explains the lives and careers of America’s presidents. It is an essential guide for anyone seeking a complete understanding of the development and workings of the United States government, as well as a great read for those who are fascinated by the interplay of politics, power, career, and legacy. Comprehensive and accessible, Presidents, Third Edition contains biographies and portraits of all presidents, a detailed chronology of the political history of the United States from the Revolution to the present, and suggested further reading about each president.


Strategies that Work

Teaches techniques designed to improve reading skills, covering how children can learn by making connections, asking questions, visualization, inferring answers, extracting ideas, and synthesizing information.


Teaching for Deep Comprehension

Linda Dorn and Carla Soffos describe the process of comprehension as a reflection of the mind–a window into the reader’s thoughts. In Teaching for Deep Comprehension they discuss comprehension from a socio-cognitive perspective — specifically, how teachers can use the social context of reading workshop to promote deep comprehension. The book is framed around three guiding questions:

  • Can comprehension be taught?
  • How does a model become a barrier to comprehension?
  • When does a tool become the reason for reading?

Linda and Carla mesh complex theories of comprehension with everyday practical examples in such a way as to help teachers develop a better understanding of what it means to comprehend while reading. The book’s appendix contains a wealth of reproducible materials, including text maps, graphic organizers, book lists, and resource charts. Supporting the text is a DVD containing eighty-five minutes of video from a first-grade reading workshop (shared reading, author studies, share time), an adult book discussion, a fourth-grade reading workshop (mini-lesson and literature discussion groups), and other settings.