Foundations of English

Foundations of English will help your students gain a thorough understanding of study skills, critical thinking, reading, and writing.

This engaging, interactive course has been designed specifically for students at the developmental level. The reading level is accessible; the instruction is practical; and the examples are relevant and engaging. Learning Style Tips and Helpful Hints give students practical study strategies, while Reflection Questions and Group Activities challenge students to apply the course content to school, work, and everyday life.

Included in the courseware is SmartReview, an all-in-one platform for submission and review of student writing. As an instructor tool, SmartReview offers an easy-to-navigate, customizable resource for creating, managing, and scoring writing assignments. As a student tool, it offers an organized writing space where students can submit assignments for individualized feedback from both instructors and peer reviewers.

Formats: Software, Textbook

Product ISBN
Courseware 978-1-941552-55-1
Courseware + Reading & Writing Handbook 978-1-944894-73-3
Courseware + Textbook + Reading & Writing Handbook 978-1-944894-75-7
Courseware + Textbook 978-1-941552-56-8
Guided Notebook 978-1-946158-86-4
Grammar Workbook 978-1-946158-87-1

Table of Contents

  1. Chapter 1: Study Skills
    1. 1.1 Understanding Different Learning Styles
    2. 1.2 Determining Your Personal Learning Styles
    3. 1.3 Understanding and Reducing Stress
    4. 1.4 Keeping Yourself Organized
    5. 1.5 Managing Your Time Effectively
    6. 1.6 Taking Notes and Annotating Texts
    7. 1.7 Using Effective Study Strategies
    8. 1.8 Reducing Test Anxiety
    9. 1.9 Taking Advantage of Campus Resources
  2. Chapter 2: Reading Skills
    1. 2.1 Preparing Yourself to Read
    2. 2.2 Using Visual Clues
    3. 2.3 Reading Actively and Purposefully
    4. 2.4 Deconstructing Topics, Ideas, and Details
    5. 2.5 Identifying Organizational Patterns
    6. 2.6 Using Context for Unfamiliar Words or Phrases
    7. 2.7 Using Word Parts for Unfamiliar Words
    8. 2.8 Making Inferences About a Text
    9. 2.9 Recognizing Types of Main Ideas and Evidence
  3. Chapter 3: Critical Thinking
    1. 3.1 Identifying Purpose and Tone
    2. 3.2 Analyzing Argumentation Strategies
    3. 3.3 Identifying Bias
    4. 3.4 Evaluating Evidence
    5. 3.5 Understanding the Basics of Logic
    6. 3.6 Recognizing Logical Fallacies
    7. 3.7 Analyzing and Evaluating Visuals
  4. Chapter 4: Grammar and Mechanics
    1. 4.1 Understanding Nouns
    2. 4.2 Understanding Pronouns
    3. 4.3 Understanding Verbs
    4. 4.4 Understanding Adjectives and Adverbs
    5. 4.5 Understanding Prepositions
    6. 4.6 Understanding Clauses and Conjunctions
    7. 4.7 Identifying the Characteristics of Sentences
    8. 4.8 Identifying Common Sentence Errors
    9. 4.9 Using Consistent Subjects and Verbs
    10. 4.10 Using Consistent Pronouns and Antecedents
    11. 4.11 Using Correct Pronoun Reference and Case
    12. 4.12 Using Commas
    13. 4.13 Using Semicolons and Colons
    14. 4.14 Using Apostrophes
    15. 4.15 Using Quotation Marks, Parentheses, and Brackets
    16. 4.16 Using Ellipses, Hyphens, and Dashes
    17. 4.17 Using Capitalization and Italics
    18. 4.18 Using Abbreviations and Numbers
    19. 4.19 Using Basic Spelling Rules
    20. 4.20 Spelling Commonly Confused Words
    21. 4.21 Proofreading Sentences for Grammar
  5. Chapter 5: Style
    1. 5.1 Determining a Writing Style
    2. 5.2 Using an Appropriate Tone
    3. 5.3 Maintaining Consistency in Tense and Person
    4. 5.4 Correcting Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
    5. 5.5 Using Word and Sentence Variety
    6. 5.6 Using Parallelism, Coordination, and Subordination
    7. 5.7 Using Active and Passive Voice
    8. 5.8 Emphasizing Words or Phrases
    9. 5.9 Choosing Clear, Concise, and Vivid Words
    10. 5.10 Using Inclusive Language
    11. 5.11 Proofreading Sentences for Style
  6. Chapter 6: Writing Paragraphs
    1. 6.1 The Writing Process for Paragraphs
    2. 6.2 Choosing a Topic and Scope for a Paragraph
    3. 6.3 Writing a Topic Sentence
    4. 6.4 Choosing an Organizational Pattern
    5. 6.5 Drafting a Paragraph
    6. 6.6 Revising and Editing a Paragraph
    7. 6.7 Submitting a Paragraph
  7. Chapter 7: Writing Longer Texts
    1. 7.1 Preparing to Write a Longer Text
    2. 7.2 Understanding Genre and Purpose
    3. 7.3 Choosing a Topic and Scope for a Longer Text
    4. 7.4 Writing a Thesis or Purpose Statement
    5. 7.5 Organizing and Outlining a Longer Paper
    6. 7.6 Writing with Technology
    7. 7.7 Writing a First Draft
    8. 7.8 Using Paragraphs Effectively
    9. 7.9 Revising a Longer Text
    10. 7.10 Participating in a Peer Review
    11. 7.11 Submitting a Longer Text
  8. Chapter 8: Research
    1. 8.1 Researching and Writing Responsibly
    2. 8.2 Making a Research Plan
    3. 8.3 Organizing the Research Process
    4. 8.4 Identifying Types of Sources
    5. 8.5 Evaluating the Credibility of Sources
    6. 8.6 Applying MLA Styles and Formatting