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As Far as Words Go: Activities for Understanding Ambiguous Language and Humor
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As Far as Words Go: Activities for Understanding Ambiguous Language and Humor

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Mixed media product 256 Pages / Published: 30/12/2009
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This title includes CD-ROM with printable game cards and game board! Understanding ambiguous words, phrases, and sentences is an important part of reading well, communicating skillfully, and enjoying humor based on word play. With this seven-unit activity book - filled with creative, ready-to-use activities based on jokes and puns - students will learn how to decipher the language ambiguities they encounter inside and outside the classroom. Ideal for use with students in the upper elementary grades through high school and beyond, ""As Far As Words Go"" is what speech-language pathologists and education professionals need to: improve students' literacy and communication skills, including semantic, metalinguistic, and pragmatic skills; help students correctly interpret multiple-meaning words and phrases, such as homographs and homophones, idioms and proverbs, and metaphors and similes; teach a wide range of students, especially those who have language or learning disability, or are learning English as a second language; make learning fun with dozens of activities and a printable board game; work with students in small group or one-to-one settings; and, promote development of the skills students need to decode language complexities and humor cues independently when they occur in everyday language. To help professionals use the activities successfully, this book includes enlightening summaries of relevant research, background information on the language concepts, and specific techniques for presenting the activities and helping students generalize new skills in other settings. SLPs and educators will also get the practical content they need to implement the activities and assess student progress (see box).

Publisher: Brookes Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781598570564
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 581 g
Dimensions: 279 x 216 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The author both teaches us and makes us laugh as she educates the reader about the perplexing language known as English."--Andrea DeBruin-Parecki, Ph.D."Associate Professor, Early Childhood, Old Dominion University" (06/01/2009)
"Exemplary . . . offers a wealth of activities and suggestions for helping students develop skills in an area of language we too often neglect but which is so important to academic and social success."--Laura Justice, Ph.D."Professor, The Ohio State University, College of Education and Human Ecology" (06/01/2009)
"Takes the exercise of metalinguistics beyond the phoneme, to the realm of words and sentences . . . It is great to see the practical application of research in such an inviting, well-organized volume."--Virginia Mann, Ph.D."Professor of Cognitive Sciences, School of Social Sciences, University of California, Irvine" (06/01/2009)
"Speech language pathologists need look no further for meaningful vocabulary and pragmatics interventions. Collaboration with educators and families has a new and effective tool. Spector's book will 'carry the banner' in vocabulary development for children and adults." --Judy K. Montgomery, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

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