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  • Penguin Readers Level 3: Wonder

    RJ Palacio

    Product Code: BZKXQ
    Paperback
    August Pullman has been home-schooled all his life. Now he is starting fifth grade at a New York City middle school. He doesn't want to draw attention to himself, but that isn't easy when he looks like he does. Penguin Readers is a series of the best new fiction, essential non-fiction and popular classics written for learners of English as a foreign language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully adapted, the series introduces language learners around the world to the bestselling authors and most compelling content from Penguin Random House. The eight levels of Penguin Readers follow the Common European Framework and include language activities that help readers to develop key skills. Wonder, a Level 3 Reader, is A2 in the CEFR framework. The text is made up of sentences with up to three clauses, introducing first conditional, past continuous and present perfect simple for general experience. It is well supported by illustrations, which appear on most pages.
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  • Roald Dahl: The Magic Finger Activity Book - Ladybird Readers Level 4

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: CDGYG
    Paperback
    "I have a Magic Finger. When I get angry . . .things begin to happen!" What will happen when the finger is pointed at the Gregg family? Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills. The eight levels of Readers and Activity Books follow the CEFR framework and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams. Roald Dahl: The Magic Finger, a Level 4 Activity Book, is A2 in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Flyers exams. The activities encourage children to practice longer sentences with up to three clauses, more complex past and future tense structures, modal verbs and a wider variety of conjunctions.
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  • Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Batman's Missions

    Product Code: AMGMP
    Hardback
    Join LEGO Batman on his dangerous missions in this new DK Reader Discover a thrilling new world with the latest 2015 LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes! DK's LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Level 3 Reader features LEGO Batman and many more of DC's best-loved LEGO Super Heroes as they fight to protect the world from cunning villains. Discover how LEGO Batman fights crime in Gotham City and learn all about his super talents, gadgets and vehicles. Meet the villains that LEGO Batman must battle, as well as the allies who help Batman on his most dangerous missions.

    DK Readers have easy-to-read stories with word repetition and pictures to build literacy skills, DK Readers are a multi-level reading programme guaranteed to capture a child's interest while developing reading skills and general knowledge, compatible with the framework for teaching literacy.
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  • Spanish for Dummies, Audio Set

    Jessica Langemeier

    Product Code: BJPDU
    Audio
    3 hours of lessons on 3 CDs! The fun and easy way to communicate effectively in a new language! Want to speak Spanish? Don't have a lot of time? This practical audio set is designed to help you learn quickly and easily at home or on the road. From basic greetings and expressions to grammar and conversations, you'll grasp the essentials and start communicating right away! Plus, you can follow along with the handy, 96-page portable guide-filled with the words and phrases you'll hear on the CDs as well as a mini dictionary. Skip around and learn at your own pace* CD 1: Get started with basic words and phrases.* CD 2: Form sentences and practice parts of speech.* CD 3: Handle real-world situations. Discover how to* Handle greetings and introductions* Ask questions and understand answers* Build your vocabulary* Talk about numbers, time, and the calendar* Ask for directions* Get help at a hotel, the bank, or a store
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  • Early Writing Book 2

    Anne Forster

    Product Code: AWZZX
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    Early Writing is a series of graded activity books designed to help children learn correct letter formation and develop a clear, flowing handwriting style. Early Writing Book 2 introduces letter shapes in a logical sequence: letters starting with a vertical straight line, letters formed using an anti-clockwise stroke and finally those formed with diagonal lines. The handwriting script features a 'flick' exit stroke that helps to lay a sound foundation for joined-up writing. All 26 letters are shown in correct alphabetical order at the back of the book. This book is suitable for young children learning to write and those in Key Stage 1 who need further practice in pencil control.
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  • Roald Dahl: Esio Trot - Ladybird Readers Level 4

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: CDGYK
    Paperback
    Mrs. Silver loves her tortoise, Alfie. Mr. Hoppy loves Mrs. Silver. Will Mr. Hoppy's big idea make him brave enough to tell her? Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills. The eight levels of Readers and Activity Books follow the CEFR framework and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams. Roald Dahl: Esio Trot, a Level 4 Reader, is A2 in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Flyers exams. The longer text is made up of sentences with up to three clauses, more past and future tense structures, modal verbs and a wider variety of conjunctions.
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  • Roald Dahl: The Magic Finger - Ladybird Readers Level 4

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: CDGYE
    Paperback
    "I have a Magic Finger. When I get angry . . . things begin to happen!" What will happen when the finger is pointed at the Gregg family? Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills. The eight levels of Readers and Activity Books follow the CEFR framework and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams. Roald Dahl: The Magic Finger, a Level 4 Reader, is A2 in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Flyers exams. The longer text is made up of sentences with up to three clauses, more past and future tense structures, modal verbs and a wider variety of conjunctions.
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  • LEGO NINJAGO Epic Adventures

    Julia March

    Product Code: BYXFY
    Hardback
    Discover the most exciting adventures of Master Wu, Lloyd Garmadon and the rest of the LEGO (R) NINJAGO (R) heroes. Meet the terrible villains that the heroes have defeated, from the slippery Snake Tribes to the ghoulish Ghost Army. Find out about classic battles from the history of Ninjago City. This exciting chapter book for children learning to read is packed with images of new LEGO NINJAGO sets and minifigures, helping young fans get hooked on reading. Exciting images, simple vocabulary and a fun quiz will engage young readers, helping them to build their confidence in reading. (c)2019 The LEGO Group.
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  • The Secret Garden - Ladybird Readers Level 6

    Product Code: CDHVN
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    When Mary's parents die she is sent to live with her uncle. Mary hates it there, until she finds a secret garden . . . Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills. The eight levels of Readers and Activity Books follow the CEFR framework and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams. The Secret Garden, a Level 6 Reader, is A2+ in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Flyers and KET exams. The longer text is made up of sentences with up to four clauses, more complex past and future tense structures, passives and time clauses.
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  • Roald Dahl: The Enormous Crocodile - Ladybird Readers Level 3

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: CDGYF
    Paperback
    In the jungle lives an enormous crocodile with clever ideas. He wants to eat children. Will the animals in the jungle keep the children safe? Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills. The eight levels of Readers and Activity Books follow the CEFR framework and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams. Roald Dahl: The Enormous Crocodile, a Level 3 Reader, is A1+ in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Movers exams. The longer text is made up of sentences with up to three clauses, some expression of future meaning, comparisons, contractions and relative clauses.
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  • Alice in Wonderland Activity Book - Ladybird Readers Level 4

    Product Code: BNHVW
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    Alice felt very, very tired. She followed the White Rabbit down a rabbit hole, and met a caterpillar, and the Queen of Hearts!Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language.Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills.The five levels of Readers and Activity Books follow the CEFR framework and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) Starters, Movers and Flyers exams.Alice in Wonderland, a Level 4 Activity Book, is A2 in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Flyers exams. The activities encourage children to practice longer sentences with up to three clauses, more complex past and future tense structures, modal verbs and a wider variety of conjunctions.
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  • Easy Learning Complete Spanish Grammar, Verbs and Vocabulary (3 Books in 1)

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: AQQWU
    Paperback 11 years +
    A handy 3-in-1 Spanish study book: grammar, verbs and vocabulary in one volume, ideal for beginners who need a clear and easy-to-understand Spanish reference and revision guide. This book gives you the essential tools to help you progress quickly in your study of Spanish. The grammar, verb and vocabulary sections have been designed for all those learning Spanish at school, in an evening class, for work or for leisure. * Grammar: this section provides easily accessible information in an attractively presented layout. Key grammatical points are highlighted throughout the text as a means of reinforcement. Hundreds of examples of real Spanish illustrate clearly the grammatical points being made. In addition, a full glossary gives clear and simple explanations of grammatical terminology. * Verbs: you will find 120 fully conjugated regular and irregular verbs in this section. Each is self contained in a double-page spread showing all the major tenses. Major constructions and idiomatic phrases are given for all verb models, as well as hundreds of examples of real Spanish to show you how verbs are used in context . An index contains thousands of verbs which are cross-referred to their conjugation model. * Vocabulary: this handy section covering 50 topics (such as family, free time, careers, computing, education, food and drink, health, shopping) gives you all the vocabulary you need to communicate effectively in Spanish. With its clear, user-friendly grammar, all the most important Spanish verbs shown in full, and an extensive vocabulary guide, Collins Easy Learning Complete Spanish gives you all the elements to start speaking and writing with confidence in Spanish. Other titles available in the Collins Easy Learning Spanish range are: Collins Easy Learning Spanish Dictionary, Collins Easy Learning Spanish Grammar, Collins Easy Learning Spanish Conversation, Collins Easy Learning Spanish Verbs and Collins Easy Learning Spanish Vocabulary.
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  • Easy Learning French Conversation

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: ANHHB
    Paperback 11 years +
    A unique guide to communicating in French. It will help you to find out more about French culture and to practise your spoken French with a free downloadable audio file. Collins Easy Learning Spanish Conversation is an ideal tool for learners of Spanish at all levels, whether at school, in evening classes or at home, and is indispensable for business or leisure. The text consists of 12 units, each illustrating the language used in a particular situation, followed by a summary which gives all the key phrases covered throughout the book. The One-stop phrase shop unit gives you all the everyday expressions and language structures you need to speak in natural Spanish. Finally, the short grammar and verb supplement and the glossary give you further help and ensure that you have everything you need at your fingertips, and the free audio download helps you to communicate with confidence. * Easy to use: all the phrases you need in order to communicate effectively in natural Spanish. * Easy to read: clear, colour layout ensures that you find what you are looking for quickly and easily. * Easy to understand: thousands of examples show how Spanish is really used. Some of the other titles available in the Collins Easy Learning Spanish range are Collins Easy Learning Spanish Dictionary, Collins Easy Learning Spanish Grammar, Collins Easy Learning Spanish Verbs and Collins Easy Learning Spanish Words.
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  • Masha and the Bear: Washing Day Activity Book - Ladybird Readers Level 1

    Product Code: CDHVZ
    Paperback
    It is washing day for Bear. Masha is dirty-again and again! Bear washes Masha's clothes-again and again. Bear is tired! Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills. The eight levels of Readers and Activity Books follow the CEFR framework and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams. Masha and the Bear: Washing Day Activity Book, a Level 1 Activity Book, is Pre-A1 in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Starters exams. The activities encourage children to practice short sentences containing a maximum of two clauses, using the present tense and some simple adjectives.
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  • Roald Dahl: The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me - Ladybird Readers Level 3

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: CDGYL
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    One day, Billy meets the Giraffe, the Pelican, and the Monkey, who wash windows to buy food. Will Billy help the animals? Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills. The eight levels of Readers and Activity Books follow the CEFR framework and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams. Roald Dahl: The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me, a Level 3 Reader, is A1+ in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Movers exams. The longer text is made up of sentences with up to three clauses, some expression of future meaning, comparisons, contractions and relative clauses.
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  • Roald Dahl: Esio Trot Activity Book - Ladybird Readers Level 4

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: CDGYI
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    Mrs. Silver loves her tortoise, Alfie. Mr. Hoppy loves Mrs. Silver. Will Mr. Hoppy's big idea make him brave enough to tell her? Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills. The eight levels of Readers and Activity Books follow the CEFR framework and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams. Roald Dahl: Esio Trot Activity Book, a Level 4 Activity Book, is A2 in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Flyers exams. The activities encourage children to practice longer sentences with up to three clauses, more complex past and future tense structures, modal verbs and a wider variety of conjunctions.
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  • Mr Bean's Guide to London

    Fiona Davis

    Product Code: BVZBU
    Paperback
    Extensive reading is essential for improving fluency and there is a real need in the ELT classroom for contemporary, low-level reading material for younger learners. Mr Bean is popular with children around the world for his eccentric and hilarious behaviour. In Mr Bean's Guide to London Mr Bean and Teddy visit all their favourite London sights, including the London Eye, Madame Tussaud's and Buckingham Palace!
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  • Ladybird Grammar Workbook Level 4

    Product Code: BQZWT
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    Ladybird Grammar Workbooks help young learners aged 4+ to understand and practice the basics of English grammar. The six levels of the Grammar Activity Books are carefully graded and mapped against the CEFR (pre-A1 to A2+), and help children prepare for Cambridge English: Young Learners exams. Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series features structured language progression that will help children develop their reading and writing skills. This Level 4 Grammar Workbook helps to practise using the past continuous tense, the present perfect tense, simple phrasal verbs and more.
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  • Ladybird Grammar Workbook Level 6

    Product Code: BQYZS
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    Ladybird Grammar Workbooks help young learners aged 4+ to understand and practice the basics of English grammar. The six levels of the Grammar Activity Books are carefully graded and mapped against the CEFR (pre-A1 to A2+), and help children prepare for Cambridge English: Young Learners exams. Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series features structured language progression that will help children develop their reading and writing skills. This Level 6 Grammar Workbook helps to practise using the present perfect tense, reported speech, passive forms and more.
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  • Ladybird Grammar Workbook Level 1

    Product Code: BQYZQ
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    Ladybird Grammar Workbooks help young learners aged 4+ to understand and practice the basics of English grammar. The six levels of the Grammar Activity Books are carefully graded and mapped against the CEFR (pre-A1 to A2+), and help children prepare for Cambridge English: Young Learners exams. Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series features structured language progression that will help children develop their reading and writing skills. This Level 1 Grammar Workbook helps to practise using the present simple tense, simple adjectives, adverbs and more.
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  • The Art of Rhetoric

    Aristotle

    Product Code: BEICX
    Paperback
    HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics...Despite dating from the 4th century BC, The Art of Rhetoric continues to be regarded by many as the single most important work on the art of persuasion. As democracy began emerging in 5th-century Athens, public speaking and debate became an increasingly important tool to garner influence in the assemblies, councils, and law courts of ancient Greece. In response to this, both politicians and ordinary citizens became desperate to learn greater skills in this area, as well as the philosophy behind it. This treatise was one of the first to provide just that, establishing methods and observations of informal reasoning and style, and has continued to be hugely influential on public speaking and philosophy today. Aristotle, the grandfather of philosophy, student of Plato, and teacher of Alexander the Great, was one of the first people to create a comprehensive system of philosophy, encompassing logic, morality, aesthetics, politics, ethics, and science. Although written over 2,000 years ago, The Art of Rhetoric remains a comprehensive introduction for philosophy students into the subject of rhetoric, as well as a useful manual for anyone today looking to improve their oratory skills of persuasion.
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  • Springboard Book 6

    John Hedley

    Product Code: AXACG
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    Springboard is a series of nine graded activity books designed to help build the functional English skills required at school, at work and in other aspects of day-to-day life. Illustrations are used throughout to support the wide variety of activity types included, ranging from simple word reading and letter formation exercises to complex writing tasks requiring considerable precision and attention to detail. Springboard 6 helps students to practise: adverbs, past-tense verbs, meanings and definitions and masculine and feminine words.
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  • Easy Learning Spanish Conversation

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: ANHHD
    Paperback 14 years +
    A unique guide to communicating in Spanish. It will help you to find out more about Spanish culture and to practise your spoken Spanish with a free downloadable audio file. Collins Easy Learning Spanish Conversation is an ideal tool for learners of Spanish at all levels, whether at school, in evening classes or at home, and is indispensable for business or leisure. The text consists of 12 units, each illustrating the language used in a particular situation, followed by a summary which gives all the key phrases covered throughout the book. The One-stop phrase shop unit gives you all the everyday expressions and language structures you need to speak in natural Spanish. Finally, the short grammar and verb supplement and the glossary give you further help and ensure that you have everything you need at your fingertips, and the free audio download helps you to communicate with confidence. * Easy to use: all the phrases you need in order to communicate effectively in natural Spanish. * Easy to read: clear, colour layout ensures that you find what you are looking for quickly and easily. * Easy to understand: thousands of examples show how Spanish is really used. Some of the other titles available in the Collins Easy Learning Spanish range are Collins Easy Learning Spanish Dictionary, Collins Easy Learning Spanish Grammar, Collins Easy Learning Spanish Verbs and Collins Easy Learning Spanish Words.
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  • Mother Tongue

    Bill Bryson

    Product Code: AADPG
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    'More than 300 million people in the world speak English and the rest, it sometimes seems, try to...' Only Bill Bryson could make a book about the English language so entertaining. With his boundless enthusiasm and restless eye for the absurd, this is his astonishing tour of English. From its mongrel origins to its status as the world's most-spoken tongue; its apparent simplicity to its deceptive complexity; its vibrant swearing to its uncertain spelling and pronunciation, Bryson covers all this as well as the many curious eccentricities that make it as maddening to learn as it is flexible to use. Bill Bryson's classic "Mother Tongue" is a highly readable and hilarious tale of how English came to be the world's language.
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Become more familiar with the English language, or learn a completely new one with these brilliant language books. We have easy-to-use language guides and fascinating and funny books about the quirks of language in our range.

Become an English language expert

Discover all there is to know about the English language with our handy language guides. We have usage guides and quirky books about the peculiarities of English.

Get to grips with grammar

English is known for being one of the hardest languages to learn because of its strange grammar rules and the many exceptions to these rules. Whether English is your first, second, or even third or fourth language, you’ll find plenty of books about language to help you understand the complexities of English.

Learn a new language

We also have loads of fantastic bilingual and multilingual language books to help you learn a new language. We have books on language to make learning a whole new language simple.

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