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ISBN-10: 0618730605

ISBN-13: 9780618730605

Edition: 2007

Authors: Ann Raimes, Maria Jerskey

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This mid-sized reference combines in-depth coverage of good writing, research, and grammar skills with an abundance of exercises--all at an affordable price. Written in the accessible style that made Keys for Writers a success, this engaging text addresses such current topics as ESL learning, visual literacy, and writing beyond college, encouraging students to keep this handbook open. Four-color coverage of visual rhetoric and document design--unique in this market--sets this handbook apart. Students learn how to visually convey ideas through a variety of media such as tables, web sites, and PowerPoint slides. In addition, they benefit from Raimes' signature differences, not deficits coverage of multilingual perspectives.Two four-color chapters on document design and visual literacy feature examples of web sites, PowerPoint slides, academic essay design, and tables and charts, along with coverage of visual rhetoric, such as using visuals to make an argument.The author' s popular language transfer guides--more practical than ever--focus on multilingual transfer errors.A practical, context-based discussion of plagiarism appears in Chapters 37 and 40 and includes key strategies for avoiding different types of plagiarism.Distinctive Language and Culture boxes examine cross-cultural and multicultural aspects of writing.Chapter 8, a full chapter on style, includes the exceptional and memorable 5 C' s of Style (cut, check for action, connect, commit, and choose the right words), unique to the Raimes handbooks.The grammar section focuses on common errors students make; the author' s tone is clear, direct, and coaching.Exercises based on diverse andengaging readings allow students to practice new writing skills.Coverage of writing across the curriculum, at work, and in the community appears in Part Nine, Writing Throughout College--And Beyond. This section addresses a full spectrum of writing needs, including writing online in many contexts, writing in the disciplines, writing in the community, and writing resumes and personal statements.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 609
Language: English

Ann Raimes was born and educated in England and the U.S. (University of London, Oxford University, and Cornell). A few years ago, she retired from full-time teaching at Hunter College, where she was a professor of English for thirty-two years. With its 21,000 ethnically diverse students, many of whom are immigrants or born to immigrant families, Hunter is known as "an urban leader in educating a diverse student body." In addition to teaching undergraduate composition courses, ESL writing courses, and graduate courses in rhetoric and composition, Ann was in charge of the Developmental English Program (1,500 students) for ten years and directed the first-year composition course (75+ sections), working with a colleague to establish and direct a still-thriving writing center. She also was a member of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the College Preparatory Initiative and served as one of the first Chairs of the CUNY ESL Council, Chair of the TESOL Publications Committee, and Chair of the CUNY ESL Task Force. Ann has also published many research and theoretical articles and has been a frequent presenter at conferences. Her articles have appeared in TESOL Quarterly, Language Learning, College English, College ESL, and other journals and anthologies. She is also the author of ten textbooks (writing, ESL, and grammar), many in several editions.