Oxford Guide to Effective Writing and Speaking: How to Communicate Clearly (3rd edition)

ISBN : 9780199652709

John Seely
400 Pages
151 x 233 mm
Pub date
Oct 2013


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  • The most accessible guide to everyday English usage for the office, at school and university, and at home
  • Helps you communicate clearly in spoken and written English
  • Covers a wide range of communications, from email to business letters and job applications to reports
  • Increased coverage of writing techniques for an online environment
  • Clearly laid out and easy to use with guidelines, examples, and 'You Try' sections; with answers provided
  • A glossary and index make navigating the volume fast and straightforward

The Oxford Guide to Effective Writing and Speaking is the essential guide for everyone who needs to communicate in clear and effective English, both written and spoken. John Seely looks at the key factors to consider in tailoring your material so that you get your message across, such as understanding the demands of particular audiences, subjects, and situations. 
Clearly organized, the book is arranged in four sections:
Communicating in everyday life - covers a wide range of communications including writing emails to giving presentations and preparing reports.
Getting your message across - focuses on important factors such as the audience, the subject, time, and purpose.
Communication tools - offers advice on grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and punctuation to ensure that communication is accurate as well as appropriate. 
The process of writing - looks at what's involved in writing longer pieces, including planning and drafting, research, summaries, editing, and presentation.
Full of practical guidance, this book also includes helpful 'You Try' sections and 'guidelines' to practise and reinforce what you've learnt. The answers to the exercises in the 'You Try' sections can be found at the back of the book. 
This is the most comprehensive guide to using English for effective communication available; it covers an unrivalled range of situations and requirements, making it ideal for use at work, at school and university, or at home.


How to Use This Book
Communicating in Everyday Life
Getting the Message Across
Communication Tools
The Process of Writing
'You Try' answers

About the author: 

John Seely, Freelance author and editor
John Seely has been a freelance author and editor for over 30 years, specialising in language and communication skills. He is the author of several language reference books, including the Oxford A-Z of Grammar and PunctuationEveryday Grammar, and Grammar for Teachers. He provides grammar training and consultancy to schools and colleges in England.

"Handy for keeping on one's desk, the Guide would provide instant answers to questions about how to write and speak effectively" - Penny Dade, Reference Reviews

"I am sure this book really helped me not to have a heart attack when speaking publicly." - Michele Clarke, Editing Matters (SfEP)

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