Gain a command of good English at home

How you can gain a command of good English in your spare time at home

You have seen how important a command of English is to your business, social and personal success.

You have seen how the ability to speak and write clearly and effectively can increase your income, widen your circle of friends, increase your self-confidence, and release your powers of leadership.

Do you want these important benefits for yourself? You can have them through The New Course in Practical English. Yes, through this new self-improvement method, you can quickly become an abler and more convincing speaker, a more skilled writer, a more fluent conversationalist, all in your spare time at home.


Complete training in correct, forceful English

The training itself is remarkable. The results obtained by those who enrol are actually astonishing. That is the verdict of thousands who have tested this unique way to gain a command of good English. They have proved that if a few minutes each day are devoted to this new and easy method of training, results are quick and certain- the ability to speak and write effectively follows so suddenly and easily that many have been surprised at their rapid progress.

Many more have told us that only when they have sensed an attitude of respect from their collegues, and greater popularity among their aquaintances, have they begun to realise what this training is actually doing for them.


A solid foundation of good English

To enable you to become a skilled speaker and writer, the course gives you a clear understanding of the proper use of good English. You quickly learn the accepted meanings and uses of words, and the ways in which words are combined so that they express your thoughts and ideas forcefully.

This knowledge of correct and effective English gives you a solid foundation on which you begin to build from the very first lesson. You use it in your work, at home, everywhere you go. You use it to speak easily and with greater assurance. You use it to form and express your ideas quickly and precisely. You use this new knowledge to write with greater ease and ability. In short, you begin at once to enjoy the language skills that make life easier and more rewarding.


Practical subjects develop your command of English

In addition to training in the principles of good English, the course includes many special subjects to perfect your command of the language. Some lessons show you how to build a large, useful vocabulary. Other lessons teach you to pronounce and spell words correctly. Your confidence grows rapidly as you lose all fear of writing or saying the wrong thing.

You are shown how to speed up your reading, and yet retain much more of what you read. Two lessons deal with the art of conversation and give you five basic principles and many ‘little tricks’ of everyday talk that you can use immediately. Many men and women have said that what they learned from these lessons repaid them many times the cost of the whole course.

As you progress, you learn how to prepare good speeches and talks for use in your club, church business, union, and other activities. Lessons on creative writing are followed by a section which shows you how to write good business and personal letters.


You ‘learn by doing’

With The New Course in Practical English you ‘learn by doing. Interesting, self-grading exercises give you plenty of practice in correcting mistakes and developing your skills. You learn to use the rules of good, forceful English – without tedious memorising.

The author of each section of the course is an expert in his or her subject. Experienced tutors are here at Bowden Hall College to help you promplty whenever you have any questions or problems. In addition to this personal help, you recieve ‘Your Guide to Practical English’, which gives answers to questions you may be asking, plus many valuable hints and suggestions.

Everyone who enrols on The New Course in Practical English has special reasons for doing so. A businessman/woman wants to prepare better speeches and reports; a housewife wants to avoid embarrassing mistakes and improve her conversational ability; a clerk wants to become a manager. These examples are just a few of the countless situations in which people find an immediate need for a command of good English.

The New Course in Practical English is not the work of its authors alone. It is based on practical results achieved by thousands of men and women. The self-correcting exercises have been tested and retested by both classroom and home students.

From this rich background of experience came the amazing New Course in Practical English with its unique combination of subject materials and self-correcting exercises. Home students from all over the country tell us that here at last they have found a way to make their learning of better English a thrilling experience. You too will enjoy the same experience from the day you start.

Here, in a single course, is everything you need to learn how to converse fluently and interestingly, to speak effectively and always be well recieved, to write expertly and colourfully, to master correct English and stop making embarrassing mistakes. Each lesson is presented in a way that makes it easy and enjoyable to learn at home in your spare time.


15 minutes a day

There are no heavy textbooks to wade through. Indeed, you will find that aquiring these enviable talents is a pleasant, rewarding experience – a real adventure in self-improvement. The course is designed for the busy adult who has no time to waste.

Yet nothing that you need to know has been left out. The lessons are divided into short explanations and practice exercises. In as little as 15 minutes, you can make rapid progress by completing just one short explanation and one exercise a day.

The exercises are self-grading and this self-correcting feature is like having an expert right at your elbow, pointing out your errors and showing you how to put the principles you are learning into practice.

After you enrol, you become eligable to use our highly efficient tutorial service. If there is anything you don’t understand or that isn’t absolutely clear, or if you require comments on any written work submitted, simply ask your tutor, who will help sympathetically and with great expertise.


Free personal tuition

To give you special help with any individual problems you may have, personal tuition is included at no extra cost. Highly-qualified tutors will answer by email, mail or facsimile any questions on effective English you may wish to ask during your time enrolled on the course, up to a maximum of 24 months. (A telephone service may also be arranged by special request).

Immediately on application, you will recieve the complete New Course in Practical English. It contains the full course material – all the learning aids you need to ensure everything you say and write is crisp, clear and correct.


You stop making mistakes and learn good, correct English

The New Course in Practical English is an amazing departure from old-fashioned principles. Here you learn and apply the principles of good English in a series of fascinating game-like exercises. You ‘learn-by-doing’, one step at a time.

Correct answers are given at the end of each lesson.

The course does far more than teach you what is wrong and what is right. It shows you how to express yourself in clear, interesting and compelling words.

Good English provides the firm foundation on which you will build throughout the course – lessons on Vocabulary Building, Effective Composition, Fluent Conversation, Speech Preparation, Letter Writing, Rapid Reading and Correct Spelling. Better English Reports consolidate the rapid progress you will make and give useful hints on improving your grammar and punctuation. In addition, Your Guide to Practical English is full of valuable advice to help you learn quickly, easily and surely.

To be at ease in conversation is a priceless asset. In the struggle for success, the really good conversationalist has a definite advantage over one of just average ability. In business and social life, the person who converses fluently is a person who attracts and influences others.


You become a fluent conversationalist

The Conversation lessons in The New Course in Practical English are based upon many years of experience in teaching conversation as a formal subject in personal classes. The lessons give five basic principles and many practical devices you can put to use at once.

You are taught how to collect ideas to talk about, what to do in the four typical conversation situations you most frequently encounter, and how to recognise and enjoy any type of conversation. You learn how to start a conversation, how to lead it into pleasant channels, how to use questions and how to end conversations smoothly.

The ability to converse fluently and expertly will help you to win new friends and strengthen your family relationships. It may well open new doors to business, professional and social opportunities.


You aquire a large, colourful vocabulary

When you stop to think about the personal requirements you need for social and business success, do not overlook the importance of a good vocabulary. Unless you know and can use many words, you cannot make full use of your other abilities.

The vocabulary Building Lessons in The New Course in Practical English begin by explaining the characteristics of good vocabulary. You will then determine the size of your present vocabulary by using interesting word tests. After taking this inventory, you learn how to increase the total number of words you know by a vocabulary building programme you can use for the rest of your life.

Each lesson includes a variety of interesting, game-like exercises. You learn how to analyse and build words through the use of word roots, prefixes and suffixes, how to learn words in groups instead of one by one, how to be sure of your pronunciation and how to make the most effective use of words. As you progress through the lessons, you will find many words you recognise but do not know how to use in daily speaking and writing. One of the important aims of these lessons is to show you how to convert these ‘recognition’ words into words you can use every day.

The immediate, practical effect of enlarging your vocabulary can be amazing! New words lead to new knowledge and new mental power which you can use to enrich all your business and social relationships.

Lord Chesterfield said “Letters, like people, have personalities which attract or repel”. Whatever your occupation, whether you are a secretary, salesperson, executive, correspondent or lawyer, the ability to write clear, friendly, persuasive letters can be one of your most valuable assets.


You put punch into your business and social letters

In the Business and Social Letters section of The New Course in Practical English, you study ‘before and after’ examples of typical business and social letters. Step-by-step corrections and changes are made in poor letters so that you can see how principles learned in earlier sections of the course apply to letter writing. You, yourself, correct and rewrite several types of letters.

By mastering the principles of this section, you will write letters that get results – letters that sell, letters that generate good will, letters of credit and collection. You will feel confident in the good taste and correctness of your social and business letters, whether they’re letters of congratulation, invitation, acceptance, condolence, appreciation or introduction.

Your letters will be warm and full of ‘punch’ – they will be friendly, tactful, sincere and direct. You will learn how to project your personality into your letters and create a favourable impression on your reader.


You prepare effective speeches

Few situations offer you greater opportunity for personal progress and recognition than making a speech. When speaking, you have the opportunity to inform, impress and convince others if you present your ideas clearly and project a pleasing personality.

The real secret of every good speech is found in the skill with which it is prepared. Speeches require special organisation, special sentence structure, special attention to word choice and grammatical form. Good written compositions seldom make good oral compositions. The Speech Preparation Lesson of The New Course in Practical English clearly explains the important differences between effective written and effective spoken language.

You are shown how to organise a speech for maximum force and clarity, how to employ the ‘you’ approach, how to project your personality and how to handle openings and closings. Various devices that aid speech are discussed – the use of gestures, facial expressions, bodily actions and vocal inflections.

In addition to presenting the techniques of effective speaking this lesson shows you how to prepare specific types of speech – inspirational speeches, humourous talks, factual speeches, sales talks, good-will speeches etc. Perhaps most valuable of all, from this study you will quickly gain the confidence that comes when you know your speeches are well-prepared.


You write like the experts

Many people are poor writers, not because they lack ideas but because they lack a knowledge of the principles of effective writing and need practice in applying those principles.

In the Composition Lessons of The New Course in Practical English, you are shown how you can develop an effective, interesting style by the choice and arrangement of words, the length and rhythm of sentence and the application of other basic writing principles. As you develop your writing skills, you put to practical use the knowledge aquired in earlier lessons of the course.

You are shown how to write clear, logical sentences and how to organise those sentences into effective paragraphs. You are taught how to plan your writing, how to use strong openings and closings, how to select the best approach to your subject, how to avoid wordiness and how to create vivid word pictures.

You learn how to use the prinicples of effective composition to make your writing accurate, vivid and easy to understand – the kind of writing everybody likes to read!


You read faster and better

What would it mean to you, in terms of social rewards and business progress, to double your present speed of reading? Such improvement is definitely possible, thanks to the Rapid Reading and Comprehension section of The New Course in Practical English. Whether you are now an excellent, average or poor reader, you can learn to read considerably faster and at the same time increase your understanding of what you read.

This fascinating lesson gives you a quick and simple method of testing your current ability and then outlines a one-month programme to improve your skill, regardless of your present reading score. You are shown how to develop good reading habits. You are given practice drills to increase the number of words you can see in one glance. By reading selected articles, you learn how to find an author’s main ideas quickly. Twelve practical suggestions for reading improvement are given. Reading tests in the lesson measure the increase in your speed and comprehension as you follow the programme. Reading rate charts are included so you can record your progress day by day, week by week. With The New Course in Practical English method, improving your reading skill becomes a fascinating and rewarding experience.


You eliminate spelling errors

Have you ever noticed how a misspelled word stands out on a printed or typwritten page? Have you ever found yourself forming a negative opinion about a writer whose letters contain misspelled words?

Few things can ruin the effectiveness of of a business or social letter so completely as misspellings. Business excutives, for instance, hesitate to employ someone who makes spelling mistakes in a letter of application even though the applicant’s other qualifications are high.

Whether you are a good, average or poor speller, the Spelling Lesson of The New Course in Practical English provides you with an excellent review. It explains clearly terms such as roots, suffixes, prefixes, consonants, vowels and syllables. Included are six basic spelling rules, as well as the correct methods of forming plurals, possessives and contractions.

Excersises to test your progress are folllowed by a list of one hundred ‘spelling demons’. Bad spelling can often let you down and give a poor impression to others of your real intelligence and capabilities. Once you have mastered the Spelling Lesson on our course, you’ll feel much more confident whenever you write an important letter, report or any document. In fact, you’ll feel far more at ease and in command whenever you put pen to paper. In addition, you are given a practical way of remembering the spelling of words you may now habitually misspell.


Does this sound like the course for you? Enrol today!

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