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THE DIRECT WAY: A PROGRAMMED STUDY
OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

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by GEORGE L. DICKSON
1st ed., August 1979, 108 pages, $13.95
ISBN 978-0-89641-023-7  Review Shopping Cart



This concise workbook is designed for Freshman English and remedial English courses at the junior college level. Beginning with subject-verb relationships, the book teaches the student to analyze and punctuate the elements of the sentence. The text contains twenty self-instruction units, each of which can be completed in the normal fifty-minute class period. Each unit concentrates on a single part of the sentence, using a minimum of technical terms. Answers to the exercises are provided to the student. Six section tests and one diagnostic test are included, and answers to these are found in the appendix. The book can be used in day-to-day classroom work, or the units can be studied in the laboratory to strengthen a student in a particular area.

Contents

SECTION 1

Unit 1: Subjects and Verbs
Unit 2: Helper (Auxiliary) Verbs
Unit 3: Prepositional Phrases

SECTION 2

Unit 4: Independent Clauses
Unit 5: Dependent Clauses
Unit 6: Punctuation Between Clauses

SECTION 3
Unit 7: One-Word Modifiers — Adjectives
Unit 8: One-Word Modifiers — Adverbs
Unit 9: Verb Forms

SECTION 4

Unit 10: Functions of the Present Participle of the Verb
Unit 11: Functions of the Past Participle of the Verb
Unit 12: Punctuation of Participial Phrases

SECTION 5

Unit 13: Uses of the Infinitive
Unit 14: Noun Clauses
Unit 15: Essential and Nonessential Clauses
Unit 16: Comma — Introductory Elements

SECTION 6

Unit 17: Commas — Interrupters
Unit 18: Uses of the Semicolon
Unit 19: Agreement of Subject and Verb
Unit 20: Agreement of Pronoun and Antecedent

APPENDIX

About the Author

George L. Dickson received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Texas A&I University. He began teaching English in 1962 after retiring from the U.S. Air Force, and soon learned that no one can be a successful writer until he has mastered the English sentence. The Direct Way: A Programmed Study of the English Sentence was written to help provide that understanding. George is presently Assistant Professor of English at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas.

 

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