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Literary Theory: A Complete Introduction

By Sara Upstone
Authors:
Sara Upstone
Literary theory has now become integral to how we produce literary criticism. When critics write about a text, they no longer think just about the biographical or historical contexts of the work, but also about the different approaches that literary theory offers. By making use of these, they create new interpretations of the text that would not otherwise be possible. In your own reading and writing, literary theory fosters new avenues into the text. It allows you to make informed comments about the language and form of literature, but also about the core themes - concepts such as gender, sexuality, the self, race, and class - which a text might explore.Literary theory gives you an almost limitless number of texts to work into your own response, ensuring that your interpretation is truly original. This is why, although literary theory can initially appear alienating and difficult, it is something to get really excited about. Imagine you are standing in the centre of a circular room, with a whole set of doors laid out around you. Each doorway opens on to a new and illuminating field of knowledge that can change how you think about what you have read: perhaps in just a small way, but also perhaps dramatically and irrevocably. You can open one door, or many of them. The choice is yours. Put the knowledge you gain together with your own interpretation, however, and you have a unique and potentially fascinating response. Each chapter in Literary Theory: A Complete Introduction covers a key school of thought, progressing to a point at which you'll have a full understanding of the range of responses and approaches available for textual interpretation. As well as focusing on such core areas as Marxism, Modernism, Postmodernism, Structuralism and Poststructuralism, this introduction brings in recent developments such as Eco and Ethical Criticism and Humanisms.
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Basic Mathematics: An Introduction: Teach Yourself

By Alan Graham
Authors:
Alan Graham
Basic Mathematics teaches you all the maths you need for everyday situations. If you are terrified by maths, this is the book for you.Do you shy away from using numbers? Basic Mathematics can help. An easy-to-follow guide, it will ensure you gain the confidence you need to tackle maths and overcome your fears. It offers simple explanations of all the key areas, including decimals, percentages, measurements and graphs, and applies them to everyday situations, games and puzzles to help you understand mathematics quickly and enjoyably.Everything you need is here in this one book. Each chapter includes clear explanations, worked examples and test questions. At the end of the book there are challenges and games to give you new and interesting ways to practise your new skills.
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Statistics: An Introduction: Teach Yourself

By Alan Graham
Authors:
Alan Graham
Do you need to gain confidence with handling numbers and formulae? Do you want a clear, step-by-step guide to the key concepts and principles of statistics? Nearly all aspects of our lives can be subject to statistical analysis. Statistics: An Introduction shows you how to interpret, analyze and present figures.Assuming minimal knowledge of maths and using examples from a wide variety of everyday contexts, this book makes often complex concepts and techniques easy to get to grips with. This new edition has been fully updated.Whether you want to understand the statistics that you are bombarded with every day or are a student or professional coming to statistics from a wide range of disciplines, Statistics: An Introduction covers it all.
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Complete Babylonian Beginner to Intermediate Course

By Martin Worthington
Authors:
Martin Worthington
Designed for complete beginners, and tested for years with real learners, Complete Babylonian offers a bridge from the textbook to the real world, enabling you to learn the grammar, understand the vocabulary and even how to translate the inscriptions and texts from this ancient cradle of civilization. Structured around authentic material, and introducing cuneiform script for those who wish to take their understanding further, this course also features: -47 short learning units plus glossary and reference section-Authentic materials - language taught through key texts-Teaches the key skills - reading and understanding Babylonian grammar and vocabulary-Covers cuneiform script - one of the earliest written forms-Self tests and learning activities - see and track your own progressRely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.
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The Sum of You: The Six Secret Forces That Make You Who You Are

By Alan Graham
Authors:
Alan Graham
Are you an explorer, an artist, a gambler, a scientist, an environmentalist, or a philosopher?In this groundbreaking book, Dr Alan Graham argues that in fact these six different personality traits are present in all of us, to a greater or lesser degree. He provides a number of practical questionnaires and exercises which will help us to understand ourselves.Although we don't realise it, these six different personality styles are underpinned by our approach to and understanding mathematics. Some if this knowledge is innate in all of us, some of it is learnt in school, and some of it you may not learn until you read this remarkable book.
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Beginner’s English (Learn BRITISH English as a Foreign Language)

By Cindy Cheetham
Authors:
Cindy Cheetham
Do you want a solid foundation to your English studies?If you are looking for a solid foundation to your language studies for school, work or travel, this engaging course will get you speaking, writing, reading and understanding English in no time. Through authentic conversations, clear language presentations, and extensive practice and review, you will learn the English you need to communicate naturally in everyday situations - from booking a hotel room to talking about friends and family.What will I learn?The course focuses on British English but offers American alternatives. Basic English is slowly and carefully introduced to ensure you progress confidently through the course and build up a foundation to allow you to feel confident in everyday situations and move to the next level of your learning. It teaches grammar, vocabulary and listening, reading, writing, speaking and pronunciation skills. By the end of the course you will reach a solid Novice High proficiency level of ACTFL (The American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and A2 Beginner level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) guidelines. Is this course for me?Get Started in English is for absolute and false beginners of English. Clear and simple explanations make the course appropriate and accessible to anyone learning English. There are extensive illustrations to support the learner working on his or her own. This course is also ideal to use with one-to-one tutoring and as a classroom course.What do I get? This book has a learner-centred approach that incorporates the following features:- 10 units of learning content - covering everyday topics from booking a hotel room to talking about friends and family- Discovery Method - figure out rules and patterns yourself to make the language stick- Outcomes-based learning - focus your studies with clear aims- Vocabulary building - thematic lists and activities to help you learn vocabulary quickly- Test yourself - see and track your own progress- Native speaker audio - available online or via the Teach Yourself Library app- Free, downloadable audio transcripts and vocabulary and language reference listsThe audio for this course is available for free on library.teachyourself.com or from the Teach Yourself Library app.Where do I go next?If you want to advance your English, our Complete English as a Foreign Language course (9781473601581) will take you to an intermediate level of English.If you want to practice your speaking and listening skills, Get Talking and Keep Talking English(9781444193152) is the perfect audio course. It is available in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese instruction.**If you are looking for an American English course, you can try Get Started in American English (9781473652101).Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.
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  • Beginner's English (Learn AMERICAN English as a Foreign Language)

    By Cindy Cheetham
    Authors:
    Cindy Cheetham
    Do you want a solid foundation to your English studies?If you are looking for a solid foundation to your language studies for school, work or travel, this engaging course will get you speaking, writing, reading and understanding English in no time. Through authentic conversations, clear language presentations, and extensive practice and review, you will learn the English you need to communicate naturally in everyday situations - from booking a hotel room to talking about friends and family.What will I learn?The course focuses on American English but offers British alternatives. Basic English is slowly and carefully introduced to ensure you progress confidently through the course and build up a foundation to allow you to feel confident in everyday situations and move to the next level of your learning. It teaches grammar, vocabulary and listening, reading, writing, speaking and pronunciation skills. By the end of the course you will reach a solid Novice High proficiency level of ACTFL (The American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and A2 Beginner level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) guidelines. Is this course for me?Get Started in English is for absolute and false beginners of English. Clear and simple explanations make the course appropriate and accessible to anyone learning English. There are extensive illustrations to support the learner working on his or her own. This course is also ideal to use with one-to-one tutoring and as a classroom course.What do I get? This book has a learner-centred approach that incorporates the following features:- 10 units of learning content - covering everyday topics from booking a hotel room to talking about friends and family- Discovery Method - figure out rules and patterns yourself to make the language stick- Outcomes-based learning - focus your studies with clear aims- Vocabulary building - thematic lists and activities to help you learn vocabulary quickly- Test yourself - see and track your own progress- Native speaker audio - available online or via the Teach Yourself Library app- Free, downloadable audio transcripts and vocabulary and language reference listsThe audio for this course is available for free on library.teachyourself.com or from the Teach Yourself Library app.Where do I go next?If you want to advance your English, our Complete English as a Foreign Language course (9781473601581) will take you to an intermediate level of English.If you want to practice your speaking and listening skills, Get Talking and Keep Talking English (9781444193152) is the perfect audio course. It is available in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese instruction.**If you are looking for a British English course, you can try Get Started in British English (9781473612143).Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.
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    Complete Arabic Beginner to Intermediate Course

    By Frances Smart
    Authors:
    Frances Smart
    Do you want to develop a solid understanding of Arabic and communicate confidently with others?Through authentic conversations, vocabulary building, grammar explanations and extensive practice and review, Complete Arabic will equip you with the skills you need to use Arabic in a variety of settings and situations, developing your cultural awareness along the way.What will I achieve by the end of the course?By the end of Complete Arabic you will have a solid intermediate-level grounding in the four key skills - reading, writing, speaking and listening - and be able to communicate with confidence and accuracy. Is this course for me?If you want to move confidently from beginner to intermediate level, this is the course for you. It's perfect for the self-study learner, with a one-to-one tutor, or for the beginner classroom. It can also be used as a refresher course. What do I get?-17 learning units plus verbs reference and word glossary and revision section-Discovery Method - figure out rules and patterns to make the language stick -Teaches the key skills - reading, writing, listening, and speaking -Learn to learn - tips and skills on how to be a better language learner -Culture notes - learn about the people and places of the Arabic speaking world-Outcomes-based learning - focus your studies with clear aims -Authentic listening activities - everyday conversations give you a flavor of real spoken Arabic-Test Yourself - see and track your own progress *Complete Arabic maps from Novice Low to Advanced Low level proficiency of ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and from A1 Beginner to B1/B2 Upper Intermediate level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) guidelines.The audio for this course can be downloaded from the Teach Yourself Library app or streamed at library.teachyourself.com. What else can I use to learn Arabic?If you require an absolute Beginner course, you can try our Get Started in Arabic Absolute Beginner course: 9781444174966Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.
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    Polish Tutor: Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook (Learn Polish with Teach Yourself)

    By Joanna Michalak-Gray
    Authors:
    Joanna Michalak-Gray
    Do you want to communicate easily and freely in Polish?Master Polish grammar and broaden your vocabulary with your very own Polish Tutor. This contemporary interactive workbook features 200 activities across a range of grammar and vocabulary points with clear goals, concise explanations, and real-world tasks. By studying and practicing Polish grammar you'll understand how the language really works and be able to speak Polish with clarity and ease.What will I learn?The Polish Tutor: Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook covers a comprehensive range of the most useful and frequent grammar and vocabulary in Polish. You can follow along unit by unit, or dip in and dip out to address your weak areas. As you progress, you will be introduced to new vocabulary and combine it with the grammar to complete extensive exercises. You will then practice the language through authentic reading and writing practice. You will achieve a solid upper intermediate level* of Polish grammar.Is this course for me?The Polish Tutor: Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook can be used as a standalone course or as a complement to any other Polish course. It offers extensive practice and review of essential grammar points and vocabulary and skills building. The personal tutor element points out exceptions and gives tips to really help you perfect your Polish.What do I get?This Polish workbook offers a range of clear and effective learning features:-200 activities across a range of grammar and vocabulary points-Unique visuals and infographics for extra context and practice-Personal tutor hints and tips to help you to understand language rules and culture points-Learn to learn section offers tips and advice on how to be a good language learner20 short learning units each contain:-communication goals to guide your studies-grammar explanations with extensive exercises-vocabulary presentations and activities-reading and writing sections to consolidate your learning*This workbook maps from Novice High to Advanced Mid level proficiency of ACTFL (American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages) and from A2 Beginner to B2 Upper Intermediate level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) guidelines.What other courses are available?For further study and practice, see Get Started in Polish (ISBN 9781444174830) and Complete Polish: Teach Yourself (ISBN 9781444195286).Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.
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    Logic: A Complete Introduction: Teach Yourself

    By Siu-Fan Lee
    Authors:
    Siu-Fan Lee
    Understand Logic is a comprehensive introduction to this fascinating though sometimes challenging subject. As well as looking at logic in theoretical terms the book considers its everyday uses and demonstrates how it has genuine practical applications. It will take you step by step through the most difficult concepts and is packed with exercises to help you consolidate your learning at every stage. Covering everything from syllogistic logic to logical paradoxes and even looking at logic in Alice in Wonderland, this is the only guide you will ever need.
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    Russian Tutor: Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook (Learn Russian with Teach Yourself)

    By Michael Ransome, Marta Tomaszewski
    Authors:
    Michael Ransome, Marta Tomaszewski
    Do you want to communicate easily and freely in Russian?Master Russian grammar and broaden your vocabulary with your very own Russian Tutor. This contemporary interactive workbook features 200 activities across a range of grammar and vocabulary points with clear goals, concise explanations, and real-world tasks. By studying and practicing Russian grammar you'll understand how the language really works and be able to speak Russian with clarity and ease.What will I learn?The Russian Tutor: Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook covers a comprehensive range of the most useful and frequent grammar and vocabulary in Russian. You can follow along unit by unit, or dip in and dip out to address your weak areas. As you progress, you will be introduced to new vocabulary and combine it with the grammar to complete extensive exercises. You will then practice the language through authentic reading and writing practice. You will achieve a solid upper intermediate level* of Russian grammar.Is this course for me?The Russian Tutor: Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook can be used as a standalone course or as a complement to any other Russian course. It offers extensive practice and review of essential grammar points and vocabulary and skills building. The personal tutor element points out exceptions and gives tips to really help you perfect your Russian.What do I get?This Russian workbook offers a range of clear and effective learning features:-200 activities across a range of grammar and vocabulary points-Unique visuals and infographics for extra context and practice-Personal tutor hints and tips to help you to understand language rules and culture points-Learn to learn section offers tips and advice on how to be a good language learner20 short learning units each contain:-communication goals to guide your studies-grammar explanations with extensive exercises-vocabulary presentations and activities-reading and writing sections to consolidate your learning*This workbook maps from Novice High to Advanced Mid level proficiency of ACTFL (American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages) and from A2 Beginner to B2 Upper Intermediate level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) guidelines.What other courses are available?For further study and practice, see Get Started in Russian (ISBN 9781444174892) and Complete Russian: Teach Yourself (ISBN 9781473602519).Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.
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    Complete Japanese Beginner to Intermediate Book and Audio Course

    By Helen Gilhooly
    Authors:
    Helen Gilhooly
    Do you want to develop a solid understanding of Japanese and communicate confidently with others? Through authentic conversations, vocabulary building, grammar explanations and extensive practice and review, Complete Japanese will equip you with the skills you need to use Japanese in a variety of settings and situations, developing your cultural awareness along the way. What will I achieve by the end of the course? By the end of Complete Japanese you will have a solid intermediate-level grounding in the four key skills - reading, writing, speaking and listening - and be able to communicate with confidence and accuracy. Is this course for me? If you want to move confidently from beginner to intermediate level, this is the course for you. It's perfect for the self-study learner, with a one-to-one tutor, or for the beginner classroom. It can also be used as a refresher course. What do I get? -15 learning units plus verbs reference and word glossary and revision section -Discovery Method - figure out rules and patterns to make the language stick -Teaches the key skills - reading, writing, listening, and speaking -Learn to learn - tips and skills on how to be a better language learner -Culture notes - learn about the people and places of Japan -Outcomes-based learning - focus your studies with clear aims -Authentic listening activities - everyday conversations give you a flavor of real spoken Japanese -Test Yourself - see and track your own progress *Complete Japanese maps from Novice Low to Advanced Low level proficiency of ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and from A1 Beginner to B1/B2 Upper Intermediate level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) guidelines. The audio for this course can be downloaded from the Teach Yourself Library app or streamed at library.teachyourself.com. What else can I use to learn Japanese? If you require an absolute Beginner course, you can try our Get Started in Japanese Absolute Beginner course: 9781444174748 Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.
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    Shakespeare: A Complete Introduction

    By Michael Scott
    Authors:
    Michael Scott
    Your complete introduction to ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare has been hailed as one of the greatest thinkers of all time, one of the world's finest artists, poets and dramatists. Shakespeare: A Complete Introduction introduces and explains the plays by looking at how they work, taking you on a journey through the genres of comedy, history and tragedy. The best known and most popular plays are discussed in detail and even plays in which Shakespeare may have had only the briefest creative and collaborative interest as a writer, get at least a mention. With material on his poetry and discussions on aspects of his life too, this truly is a complete introduction to Shakespeare.'A very lively and enthusiastic introduction to the full range of Shakespeare's plays' John Drakakis, Professor of English, University of Stirling'A masterpiece of the genre, written as it is with passion, without condescension, without jargon, thoughtful and open to changing critical theories, but always returning to the plays themselves, plays that fully reveal themselves most in performance.' Martin Wine, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
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