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Julie Sarkissian blogs about the problems facing the protagnist of her debut novel, DEAR LUCY

Something's Wrong With Lucy - But What?

Lucy is different – that much is clear. She speaks like a child, doesn’t recognize social boundaries, flies into rages, and treasures rotten food. Her cognition is impaired, her vocabulary is very limited and she cannot read or write. But what – precisely – is wrong with her is left up to the reader. Lucy is the protagonist of my novel, DEAR LUCY, and from the first sentence of the book I ever wrote it was obvious that Lucy was cognitively different. The way Lucy describes herself is as “missing too many words.” Her mother calls her “difficult.” Readers of early drafts of the book had a few theories as to Lucy’s condition; autism, Williams Syndrome, Down Syndrome. But Lucy’s mother has kept her from going to school and Lucy has never seen a doctor. So in the fictional reality of the book there is no official diagnosis. But as the novel progressed I wondered – should I have one? I was torn. If Lucy was presenting enough symptoms to point to a real condition, was I ignoring the obvious not to fold that condition into my development of her character? Was it insensitive of me to allude to aspects of certain real, life-altering conditions but not assign a specific condition to Lucy? I worried about appropriating aspects of serious conditions without treating those conditions with proper respect and acknowledgement. And though any clinical diagnosis would probably not be explicit in the novel, I wondered if I would be ignoring an opportunity to bring attention to a real disorder when people asked me about Lucy’s condition, the way The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time did for autism. On the other hand, I had concerns that if I chose a diagnosis for Lucy, I would be ascribing to her qualities that she wouldn’t have otherwise presented. Lucy had her own will over my writing and over the novel. I didn’t want to yoke Lucy’s expression by keeping her behavior and abilities consistent with a clinical condition. Accuracy would also become a critical issue if Lucy’s condition was named. Ultimately I chose not to diagnose Lucy, though I worry the artistic freedom provided by that decision comes at the price of being judged for being too liberal with my treatment of cognitive disorders. Now that publication is a few months away, I am apprehensive of how my treatment of Lucy’s cognitive limitations will be judged. I have yet to talk to a reader who has a learning different child, or works with learning different people, and that conversation is one I will be honored, and not a bit anxious, to have.

Teach Yourself

Enjoy French Intermediate to Upper Intermediate Course

Mary C. Christensen, Mercedes Rooney
Authors:
Mary C. Christensen, Mercedes Rooney

Do you want to have more meaningful conversations in French? Do you want to feel comfortable in a variety of situations?Based on authentic texts, such as songs, poems, and conversations between native speakers, this course will help you improve and build upon the language you already have so that you develop your skills to a level where you can enjoy communicating in French. Incorporating information about the culture, history and geography of France and its influence on the language, you will be introduced to the more advanced points of French grammar, as well as more colloquial language, and develop your vocabulary so you can express your opinion on a number of topics, as well as react to other people's opinions.What will I achieve by the end of the course?By the end of Enjoy French you will have increased your capacity to understand the spoken and written language, and furthered your ability to communicate with French speakers, orally and in writing. This course aims to take you from a good intermediate level (B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for languages / Advanced Low of the ACTFL) and help you progress up to a C1 / Advanced High level. Is this course for me?If you already know some French and want to take it further, this is the course for you. It's perfect for the self-study learner, with a one-to-one tutor, or for the post-beginner classroom.What do I get?A coursebook with over two hours of audio online that features:- Ten units that cover more complex situations than your basic tourist scenarios- Carefully levelled and sequenced material - a solid path to build up your knowledge- Authentic texts, such as poems, songs, excerpts and conversations to present the language- Learn through the Discovery Method which helps you notice patterns and retain the language you learn- Learn to learn - tips and advice on becoming a better language learner- Easy to use workbook format.What else can I use to learn French?If you require an absolute beginner course, you can try our Get Started in French: 9781444174595If you want a comprehensive beginner to intermediate course, you should try our Complete French: 9781444177299Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.

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Complete Mandarin Chinese (Learn Mandarin Chinese with Teach Yourself)

Zhaoxia Pang, Ruth Herd
Authors:
Zhaoxia Pang, Ruth Herd
John Murray Learning

Short Stories in Italian for Beginners

Olly Richards
Authors:
Olly Richards
John Murray Learning

Short Stories in German for Beginners

Olly Richards
Authors:
Olly Richards
John Murray Learning

Willkommen! 2 German Intermediate course

Paul Coggle, Heiner Schenke, Heiner Schenke
Authors:
Paul Coggle, Heiner Schenke, Heiner Schenke

Willkommen! 2 Intermediate course is a brand new multi-format German adult learning programme for classroom and home use. This listing is for the CD and DVD set. Also available is a coursebook, course pack and activity book (see below for details).Created in consultation with teachers and learners it's the perfect follow-up to the Willkommen! Beginner's course and takes your learning further. It can also be used as a starting point for study to review and build on existing knowledge.This CD and DVD set contains all the dialogues and listening activities included in the coursebook plus video content building on the real-life German used in the course.The course is full of learning features to help you progress in reading, writing, listening and speaking German. It's designed for classroom use but is also suitable for home study.-Reviews A1 and then maps from A2 to B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages-10 learning units - plus extensive grammar sections and word glossary-Covers the topics and functions needed for the UK AS-level examination-Lively and contemporary themes - from food and fashion to travel, work, politics and the environment-Comprehensive coverage of key grammar and vocabulary - for communicating in a range of common conversational settings-Range of activities based on authentic materials - to see everyday German in context-Deutschland info sections - give practical and cultural insights into German lifeAlso available: Activity Book (ISBN 9781444165203): for extra practice and review linked to the coursebook units.Coursebook (ISBN 9781471805158): this full-colour 190-page coursebook is the primary text for the course. Ideal for classroom and home use.Course Pack (ISBN 9781473601390): includes the Coursebook, the CD and DVD Set and a Support Book containing a key to the exercises and audio transcripts).

Teach Yourself

Get Started in Turkish Absolute Beginner Course

Asuman Çelen Pollard
Authors:
Asuman Çelen Pollard
Teach Yourself

Complete German (Learn German with Teach Yourself)

Paul Coggle, Heiner Schenke
Authors:
Paul Coggle, Heiner Schenke

Complete German is a comprehensive book and audio language course that takes you from beginner to intermediate level. This book is for use with the accompanying MP3 CD-ROM of audio files (ISBN 9781444177404). The new edition of this successful course has been fully revised and is packed with new learning features to give you the language, practice and skills to communicate with confidence. -Maps from A1 to B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages -23 learning units plus verbs reference and word glossary -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 Germany -Outcomes-based learning - focus your studies with clear aims -Test Yourself - see and track your own progress Get our companion app. German course: Teach Yourself is full of fun, interactive activities to support your learning with this course. Apple and Android versions available. Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.

Hodder & Stoughton

Contatti 1 Italian Beginner's Course 3rd Edition

Mariolina Freeth, Giuliana Checketts
Authors:
Mariolina Freeth, Giuliana Checketts

What is Contatti?Contatti, the best-selling Italian course for adult beginners, is aimed at those wishing to learn Italian from scratch in a classroom environment. Contatti 1 is the first part of this two-stage Italian course for adult learners who are either starting from scratch or have a basic knowledge of the language. Whether learning for work or pleasure, Contatti gives a thorough grounding in the language enabling learners to speak, read, write and understand contemporary Italian. Where does this Coursebook fit within the Contatti 1 range?Coursebook: The primary text for the Contatti 1 course. Includes 14 thematic lessons and covers the skills and structures required at GCSE level and equivalent. The coursebook does not include the CDs.Also available:Audio and Support book pack (ISBN 978-1444133172): Supplementary to the Coursebook. The Audio and Support book pack provides the listening element of the course, along with transcripts and answers. It contains:- 3 audio CDs (3 hours of recordings)- 2 Support Books containing a key to the exercises and recording transcripts. Course Pack (ISBN 9781444133134): Contatti 1 Coursebook + Contatti 1 Audio and Support Book Pack. The Course Pack contains:- 1 copy of the third edition of the Coursebook- 3 audio CDs (3 hours of recordings)- 2 Support Books containing a key to the exercises and recording transcripts.Activity Book (ISBN 9781444139365): Supplementary to the Coursebook or Course Pack. The activity book is a workbook providing stimulating practice material which complements the tasks presented in the Contatti 1 Coursebook. Activities include word searches, crosswords, cultural quizzes, extra reading and comprehension tasks, and gap-fill conjugation exercises.What will I learn?Key language structuresContatti 1, the first part of the course, introduces the key structures of the language, over 14 thematic lessons with the emphasis placed firmly on communication. Vocabulary and grammarFrom the outset, a realistic range of registers and vocabulary encourage development of the essential skill of comprehension. There are regular opportunities for revision and consolidation, and vocabulary and grammar support are given both at the end of each lesson and in full at the end of the book. GCSE level materialIt covers the skills and structures required at GCSE level and similar. Culture and skills for daily lifeThis third edition has been brought completely up to date, with particular attention paid to improving and simplifying the explanations of grammar and language structure. New online content offers further opportunities for learners to practise their skills.How will I learn? Authentic reading and listening materialAuthentic reading and listening materials are used extensively for a wide range of lively activities based on everyday situations in Italy.Group work and independent studyContatti 1 is ideal for group work but can also be used for individual study.Audio support and additional materialThe Course pack includes a coursebook fully illustrated in colour, 2 audio CDs containing the listening element of the course and a support booklet with all the answers to the exercises together with recording transcripts.What is new in the third edition?Improvements and additionsThe new edition has improvements and additions based on ideas and feedback from tutors across the country. There is also now simple navigation between the book and CDs, with clearly marked references in the coursebook. Interactive quizzes and exercisesBrush up and reinforce your learning at home, with fun, interactive online quizzes and exercises. Or use them in class with a group.

Hodder & Stoughton

Contatti 1 Italian Beginner's Course 3rd Edition

Mariolina Freeth, Giuliana Checketts
Authors:
Mariolina Freeth, Giuliana Checketts
Hodder & Stoughton

Contatti 2 Italian Intermediate Course 2nd Edition revised

Contatti is the best-selling course for anybody wishing to learn Italian, whether for work or pleasure. The course offers a thorough grounding in the language and enables you to speak, read, write and understand contemporary Italian.In Part 2 of the course, the emphasis is on communication, with modern and authentic reading and listening materials providing the basis for a wide range of interesting activities. The use of English is kept to a minimum but full vocabulary and grammar support are provided. With 2 audio CDs included in the book, Contatti 2 is the perfect follow-on for anyone who has already studied the basics of Italian.Contatti 2 is ideal for group study and will also be a useful aid for independent learners. It covers all the skills and structures required to bridge the gap between intermediate and advanced level.Free online practice resources and activities for use in the classroom and for self-study are a valuable addition to the course. A Support Book, containing answers to the activities in the Coursebook and transcripts of all the audio content, is now available to download for free online.

Hodder & Stoughton

Contatti 1 Italian Beginner's Course 3rd Edition

What is Contatti?Contatti, the best-selling Italian course for adult beginners, is aimed at those wishing to learn Italian from scratch in a classroom environment. Contatti 1 is the first part of this two-stage Italian course for adult learners who are either starting from scratch or have a basic knowledge of the language. Whether learning for work or pleasure, Contatti gives a thorough grounding in the language enabling learners to speak, read, write and understand contemporary Italian. How will the Contatti 1 Activity Book help me?The Activity Book is a valuable resource for learners and teachers alike. It can be used to complement the coursebook, providing extra material for fast learners or homework activities to consolidate what has been learnt in class. It can also be used for self-access and as a general practice workbook for beginners and false beginners in Italian. It accompanies Contatti 1, the first-stage Italian course for adult learners, providing a wealth of material designed to reinforce and extend the material in the coursebook. It mirrors the fourteen units offering a variety of exercises, homework tasks and self-access activities to consolidate language input and provide further practice.Each unit contains:- topics reviewed with further vocabulary and extension activities- reinforcement and clarification of grammatical structures with additional tasks and exercises- extra reading material and stimulus to writingThe final page in each unit contains an overview of the whole with extra reading and writing activities, a short text of cultural interest and a self-assessment checklist enabling students to review what they have learnt. Units 7 and 14, which are revision units, provide proficiency tests on all the material covered in previous sections. The book finishes with a complete Answer Key.What is in the Contatti 1 Range?Activity Book (978144139363): Supplementary to the Coursebook or Course Pack. The activity book is a workbook providing stimulating practice material which complements the tasks presented in the Contatti 1 Coursebook. Activities include word searches, crosswords, cultural quizzes, extra reading and comprehension tasks, and gap-fill conjugation exercises. Also available as...Coursebook (9781444133141): The primary text for the Contatti 1 course. Includes 14 thematic lessons and covers the skills and structures required at GCSE level and equivalent. Audio and Support book pack (9781444133172): Supplementary to the Coursebook. The Audio and Support book pack provides the listening element of the course, along with transcripts and answers. It contains:- 3 audio CDs (3 hours of recordings)- 2 Support Books containing a key to the exercises and recording transcripts. Course Pack (9781444133134): Contatti 1 Coursebook + Contatti 1 Audio and Support Book Pack. The Course Pack contains:- 1 copy of the third edition of the Coursebook- 3 audio CDs (3 hours of recordings)- 2 Support Books containing a key to the exercises and recording transcripts.What will I learn with the Contatti 1 range?Key language structuresThe first part of the course, introduces the key structures of the language, over 14 thematic lessons, with the emphasis placed firmly on communication. Vocabulary and grammarFrom the outset, a realistic range of registers and vocabulary encourage development of the essential skill of comprehension. There are regular opportunities for revision and consolidation, and vocabulary and grammar support are given both at the end of each lesson and in full at the end of the book. GCSE level materialIt covers the skills and structures required at GCSE level and similar. Culture and skills for daily lifeThis third edition has been brought completely up to date, with particular attention paid to improving and simplifying the explanations of grammar and language structure. New online content offers further opportunities for learners to practise their skills.How will I learn with the Contatti 1 range? Authentic reading and listening materialAuthentic reading and listening materials are used extensively for a wide range of lively activities based on everyday situations in Italy.Group work and independent studyContatti 1 is ideal for group work but can also be used for individual study.Audio support and additional materialThe Course pack includes a coursebook fully illustrated in colour, 2 audio CDs containing the listening element of the course and a support booklet with all the answers to the exercises together with recording transcripts.What is new in the third edition?Improvements and additionsThe new edition has improvements and additions based on ideas and feedback from tutors across the country. There is also now simple navigation between the book and CDs, with clearly marked references in the coursebook. Interactive quizzes and exercisesBrush up and reinforce your learning at home, with fun, interactive online quizzes and exercises. Or use them in class with a group.

Teach Yourself

Complete Modern Hebrew Beginner to Intermediate Course

Shula Gilboa
Authors:
Shula Gilboa

Are you looking for a complete course in Modern Hebrew which takes you effortlessly from beginner to confident speaker? Whether you are starting from scratch, or are just out of practice, Complete Modern Hebrew will guarantee success!Now fully updated to make your language learning experience fun and interactive. You can still rely on the benefits of a top language teacher and our years of teaching experience, but now with added learning features within the course and online. The course is structured in thematic units and the emphasis is placed on communication, so that you effortlessly progress from introducing yourself and dealing with everyday situations, to using the phone and talking about work. By the end of this course, you will be at Level B1 of the Common European Framework for Languages: Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.Author InsightsLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.Grammar TipsEasy-to-follow building blocks to give you a clear understanding.Useful VocabularyEasy to find and learn, to build a solid foundation for speaking.DialoguesRead and listen to everyday dialogues to help you speak and understand fast.PronunciationDon't sound like a tourist! Perfect your pronunciation before you go.Test YourselfTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.Try ThisInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.The audio for this course can be downloaded from the Teach Yourself Library app or streamed at library.teachyourself.com.Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.

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Daniel Tammet is an essayist, novelist and translator. He is the author of Thinking in Numbers, Embracing the Wide Sky, and the Sunday Times bestseller Born On A Blue Day. Tammet is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). He lives in Paris.

Mac Bride

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Mahmoud Gaafar

Mahmoud Gaafar worked for the United Nations and Radio Cairo and now authors print, radio and TV resources for the Arab World.

Martyn Ellis

Martyn Ellis is a renowned specialist in language teaching and learning.

Michel Thomas

Michel Thomas (1914-2005) had an amazing life. Born in Poland, he spent his early years in Germany and then in France, where he studied psychology at the Sorbonne in Paris. When war broke out, he fought with the Resistance and suffered imprisonment in labour camps. At the end of the war he joined the US liberation army and later settled in the US where he established his world-famous language school. Languages, being his strength and passion became the focus of the next 50 years of his life that he spent developing a method that he hoped would change the way we teach and learn - so that everyone could succeed. He developed this method 'that works with the brain'. After creating several courses of his own, he passed on his method so that other teachers might use it too.

Rosa Maria Martin

Rosa María Martín is Director of the Language Learning Unit at Queen Mary and Westfield College and an experienced language teacher and adviser.

Ruth Herd

Dr Ruth Herd is Co-ordinator of Mandarin Chinese at Imperial College London, where she has developed Chinese language programmes since 2002. She has a long-standing interest in the languages and cultures of East Asia and has spent extended periods living and teaching in both China and Japan.

Zhaoxia Pang

Zhaoxia Pang is a course convenor and senior lector of Mandarin Chinese at SOAS, University of London. She is a member of the British Chinese Language Teaching Society and has also worked as a government interpreter and translator.