A Companion to the American Short Story traces the development of this versatile literary genre over the past 200 years. Sets the short story in context, paying attention to the interaction of cultural forces and aesthetic principles. Contributes to the ongoing redefinition of the American canon, with close attention to the achievements of women writers as well as such important genres as the ghost story and detective fiction. Embraces diverse traditions including African-American, Jewish-American, Latino, Native-American, and regional short story writing. Includes a section focused on specific authors and texts, from Edgar Allen Poe to John Updike
This Companion provides an original and authoritative survey of twentieth-century American drama studies, written by some of the best scholars and critics in the field. Balances consideration of canonical material with discussion of works by previously marginalized playwrights. Includes studies of leading dramatists, such as Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O'Neill and Gertrude Stein. Allows readers to make new links between particular plays and playwrights. Examines the movements that framed the century, such as the Harlem Renaissance, lesbian and gay drama, and the solo performances of the 1980s and 1990s. Situates American drama within larger discussions about American ideas and culture
This book offers an in-depth explanation of Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) and the methods necessary to implement it in the language classroom successfully. * Combines a survey of theory and research in instructed second language acquisition (ISLA) with insights from language teaching and the philosophy of education * Details best practice for TBLT programs, including discussion of learner needs and means analysis; syllabus design; materials writing; choice of methodological principles and pedagogic procedures; criterion-referenced, task-based performance assessment; and program evaluation * Written by an esteemed scholar of second language acquisition with over 30 years of research and classroom experience * Considers diffusion of innovation in education and the potential impact of TBLT on foreign and second language learning.
Bringing together an international and interdisciplinary team of contributors, this Handbook is a wide-ranging and invaluable reference guide to language teaching. A comprehensive reference work on language teaching, which combines the latest research findings, coverage of core topics, and examples of teaching experience from a variety of languages and settings Provides a unique breadth of coverage, including: the psycholinguistic underpinnings of language learning; social, political, and educational contexts; program design; materials writing and course design; teaching and testing; teacher education; and assessment and evaluation Offers a balanced evaluation of the major positions and approaches, including examining the increasingly important social and political context of language teaching. Written by an international and interdisciplinary group of authors from a dozen different countries; English is only one of the many languages used as examples throughout the volume
Research Methods in Second Language Acquisition: A Practical Guideis an informative guide to research design and methodology for graduate students and scholars. Each chapter of this volume offers background, step-by-step guidance, and relevant studies to create comprehensive coverage of each method.
Person-centred Practice in Nursing and Health Care is a comprehensive and practical resource for all nurses and healthcare practitioners who want to develop person-centred ways of working. This second edition which builds on the original text Person Centred Nursing, has been significantly revised and expanded to provide a timely and topical exploration of an important subject which underpins all nursing and healthcare, edited by internationally renowned experts in the field. Person-centred Practice in Nursing and Health Care looks at the importance of person-centred practice (PCP) from a variety of practice, strategic, and policy angles, exploring how the principles of PCP underpin a variety of perspectives, including within leadership and in the curriculum. The book explores not only a range of methodologies, but also covers a variety of different healthcare settings and contexts, including working within mental health services, acute care, nursing homes, the community, and working with children and people with disabilities.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 308-328) and index.
Featuring extensive updates and revisions, the 3rd edition of Materials and Methods in ELT offers a comprehensive and useful introduction to the principles and practice of teaching English as a foreign/second language. A popular and practical guide for teachers, teachers in training, and for students studying methods and materials. Features a new chapter on IT in English language teaching, new samples from current teaching materials, plus a new section on technology for materials and methods. Covers how to approach materials and methods, evaluation and adaptation, technology for materials and methods, and teaching in under-resourced classrooms. Examines the different methods available to teachers for organizing and managing an ELT classroom, including group and pair work, individualization, and classroom observation.
The fourth edition of" Hollywood's America" uses classic films to guide students trough key themes and topics in twentieth-century American cultural, political, economic and social history. The book provides students with the tools needed to read and interpret visual texts, including an introduction that tracs the history of American film, a series of interpretive essays, primary sources that illuminate film history and an extensive bibliography. New to this edition are ten articles which cover recently released films, enhanced consideration of issues of gender and ethnicity, and a completely updated set of images. From Charlie Chaplin's silent films to "Gone with the Wind" to "Saving Private Ryan", "Hollywood's America" provides a comprehensive look at American history through film, and is a valuable resource for students and teachers of the subject alike.
"Fundamentals of Digital Image Processing" is an introductory text on the science of image processing and employs the Matlab programming language to illustrate some of the elementary, key concepts in modern image processing and pattern recognition drawing on specific examples from within science, medicine and electronics.
Reading Development and Difficulties is a comprehensive and balanced introduction to the development of the two core aspects of reading: good word reading skills and the ability to extract the overall meaning of a text. Unique in its balanced coverage of both word reading and reading comprehension development, this book is an essential resource for undergraduates studying literacy acquisition. Offers wide coverage of the subject and discusses both typical development and the development of difficulties in reading. Accessibly written for students and professionals with no previous background in reading development or reading difficulties. Provides a detailed examination of the specific problems that underlie reading difficulties
Featuring 37 essays by distinguished literary scholars, A Companion to the American Novel provides a comprehensive single-volume treatment of the development of the novel in the United States from the late 18th century to the present day. Represents the most comprehensive single-volume introduction to this popular literary form currently available. Features 37 contributions from a wide range of distinguished literary scholars. Includes essays on topics and genres, historical overviews, and key individual works, including The Scarlet Letter, Moby Dick, The Great Gatsby, Beloved, and many more.