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English Resources

The writer's Harbrace handbook, 6th Ed.

Aiming to help students thoroughly understand what arguments are, the book delineates the composition of an argument in Part One and discusses arguments about definitions, causes, value, and time periods in Part Two with writing guidance in Part Three. You will learn the different layers of arguments through recognising rhetorical elements in various contexts. Each chapter provides thought-provoking activities.

Highlights include counterargument (pp. 54), concession (pp. 56), arguments in disguise (pp. 79), summary versus analysis (pp. 88), inventing a claim (pp. 136, 268, 296), inventing support (pp. 138, 270, 299), and evaluating sources (pp. 329).


Critical reading and writing for postgraduates

The book explicates the concept of “critical” in Part One and guides you how to develop a critical analysis in Part Two, appealing to undergraduates as well as postgraduates. Part Three discusses how to craft critical literature reviews in dissertations. The critical thinking skills introduced in the book will enhance your ability to understand and write academic texts.

Highlights include critical reading (pp. 34), self-critical writing (pp. 51), tools for thinking and ways of thinking (pp. 84), knowledge claims and their key characteristics (pp. 106), and developing a critical analysis of a text (pp. 123).


The Pearson guide to critical and creative thinking

Focusing on both critical and creative thinking, the guide introduces concepts and theories in the beginning chapters and provides examples and demonstrations for applying thinking techniques and strategies in later chapters. With exercises throughout the 14 chapters, you will be able to practise your reasoning and judging skills. The book will help you understand both critical and creative thinking.

Highlights include developing critical thinking (Ch. 1), sound thinking (Ch. 6), thinking fallacies (Ch. 7), and parallel thinking and lateral thinking (Ch. 9).


Presentation skills for students, 3rd Ed.

This book aims to help university students to deliver presentations clearly and confidently. Featuring presentation skills for various occasions, you will learn how to adjust your presentation style when speaking in tutorial sessions, presenting individually, and presenting as a group. With interesting exercises and helpful checklists, you will enhance your presentation skills including both verbal and non-verbal communication.

Highlights include Speaking as Part of Your Course (Ch. 4), Speaking as Part of a Group (Ch. 5), and Speaking as a Student Representative (Ch. 6).


Your perfect presentation: Speak in front of any audience anytime anywhere and never be nervous again.

Featuring tips, techniques, and exercises about delivering presentations, this book will help you enhance your public speaking skills through understanding the stage mechanism. With practical tips and vivid illustrations, you will learn how to overcome the stage fright, engage or even captivate the audience using your voice, body language, and story-telling techniques.

Highlights include Weak Language: Cut It Down (pp. 47-54), Strong Language: Build It Up (pp. 55-66), Harmonize Your Body Language (pp. 99-110), and Involve the Audience: Wave of the Future (pp. 157-168).


DK guide to public speaking, 2nd Ed.

Covering a wide range of topics in public speaking, this book serves as a comprehensive guide to presentations for university students. Every necessary stage in preparing, delivering, and evaluating a presentation is explained in detail. With ample examples, scenarios, and annotated speeches throughout the book, you will enhance your presentation skills in multiple aspects. You will also learn how to make impactful speeches in special occasions and business settings.

Highlights include Selecting Your Topic and Purpose (Ch. 3), Selecting and Testing Support Materials (Ch. 5), Delivering Your Speech (Ch. 10), and Using Presentation Aids (Ch. 11).





Chinese Resources

批判性思考:跳脫慣性的思考模式

本書分為十一章,內容包括批判思考的基本技巧與態度、論證的元素、論點的建立及論述的品質等主題,涵蓋批判思考的各項要點。當中第六章至第七章(頁143 - 206)主要講述如何對論證作更細緻的分析,尋找別人觀點背後的隠性假設和隱性論證,以至找出論述的漏洞,無論就學術研究還是實務工作而言,都是相當有用的思辨技巧。書中另附有大量練習,讀者可藉此磨練各種技巧,從而提高個人的思辨能力。


思考的藝術 : 批判與創造思考

全書分為四篇:第一篇為「重新認識思考」(頁3 - 152),說明思考的基本策略與拓寬思考視野的方法;第二部分為「讓思考創意洋溢」(頁153 - 288),講述以創意思考方式確認問題與尋找解決方案的歷程;第三部分為「讓思考展現批判力」(頁289 - 376),說明批判思考的必要性與具體的應用示例;第四部分為「思考結果的傳達與分享」(頁377 - 427),介紹如何將思考成果轉化為具說服力的觀點。讀者如能細讀,當有助於鍛煉思考。


演講縱橫:必勝十五招

作者憑藉多年來的講道心得,說明演講者須注意的問題,涵蓋的範圍甚為全面。比如第三章「鎖定目的」(頁33 - 46),作者強調演講目的必須從觀眾的立場來決定,並應視乎情況採用不同的語氣與措辭,便是相當實用的建議。至於第十二章「記憶猶新」(頁165 - 176),作者則介紹有助記憶演講內容的「串連法」和「聯想法」,並建議演講者不宜依賴講稿,亦是經驗之談。讀者如通閱全書,演講時自能更得心應手。



演講的技巧

全書共分七章,專門講論中文演講技巧。其中第一章「演講的基本原則」(頁3 - 27),作者概括出用詞平易、造句簡約與結篇短悍是最重要的三項原則,並稱之為演講技巧的技巧。而第四章「有力感人的技巧」(頁103 - 105),作者指出內容具說明力是演講者追求的重要目標,並提出引語徵信、列舉分承及對比明義等十種常用的表達技巧。此外,全書節錄多篇演講辭,讀者若能加以細讀,當能更確切地掌握各種演講技巧。





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