This book, A guide to usage, grammar and composition in English language, couldn’t have come at a better time.
This book was written as an answer to the various challenges students face in advanced composition.
Even at secondary level, a lot of students struggle with composition writing and this result in poor performance in English WAEC results. While informal letters have gone the way of the dinosaurs because of modern technology and its ease of communication, official letters on the other hand are going nowhere.
Companies still use memos – both internal and external memoranda. Graduates still have to apply for jobs by emails and posts. The chapters in this book cover a range of topics that will guide students in writing various forms of business communications be it memos, resumes, queries, speeches, minutes of meeting, report writing, long essays, promotion letters, or public announcements.
The chapters on grammar will enable students learn the various parts of speech, the correct use of prepositions, and the correct forms of verbs to use.
These are the background knowledge required in order to write accurately without violating the rules of the English grammar.
The chapter on introduction to phonetics will help students learn how to pronounce words better as we are judged first by what we say before what we write.
The chapter on reading skills and writing skills are basically tailored to meet the needs of students who want to write but do not know how to start. The reading skills discussed in this book will enable students acquire better reading habits for better understanding and better results.
Also the functions and characteristics of language were discussed because without language none of this would make any sense. Opening students up to language and how it functions will enable them think deeply and use words as linguistic weapons to structure their composition in compelling forms.
The chapter on punctuation will teach students to use correct punctuation marks when writing.
Punctuations are powerful in that they have the ability to change the meaning of a sentence. This fact means that they have to be carefully deployed to carry the message we intend.
The chapter on speech writing is written to prepare students on oral communication. This is because the act of speech making is not reserved for orators alone; anyone can be called upon to give a speech. It is better to master the various forms of speech so as not to be taken unawares.