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British Sign Language

British Sign Language

Dorothy Miles , BBC Books
An introduction to British Sign Language aimed at both hearing and deaf people. As well as explaining how BSL works, the author gives a fascinating account of the history of signing, and a chapter by Paddy Ladd describes how Britain's deaf community and its language have survived a century of attack and are at last today attracting respect and acceptability.

Natural World

BBC ,
BBC Two's flagship natural history series returns with more gripping stories, pressing conservation issues and breathtaking action.


Stephen Fry and the Great American Oil Spill

BBC ,
Stephen Fry loves Louisiana. Four months after the BP oil spill, dubbed the worst ecological disaster in the history of America, Fry returns to the Deep South together with zoologist Mark Carwardine, to see what the impact has been on the people, the vast wetlands and the species that live there.



Dictionaries

Longman Dictionary of English Language and Culture

, Longman
*Covers everything you are likely to need 15,000 encyclopaedic entries covering people, places, history, geography, the arts and popular culture *Get in-depth understanding on topics such as festivals, special days and key events in British and American history from the colour feature pages *No need to carry two dictionaries also includes a full language dictionary *80,000 words and phrases with clear definitions

English Language

The Oxford History of English

Linda Mugglestone , Oxford University Press
This book presents the history of English from its obscure Indo-European roots to its twenty-first century position as the world's first language. It shows how English evolved in the British Isles and how it spread to the United States and through the old British empire to every corner of the world.

External Language Resources

Khan Academy

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A library of almost 3000 short videos arithmetic to physics, finance, and history with practice exercises. A very useful resource to practice your listening and note-taking skills while learning something new.

Films

Legends of the Fall

Edward Zwick ,
Epic tale of three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of 1900s USA and how their lives are affected by nature, history, war, and love.

Mrs Henderson Presents

Stephen Frears ,
Laura Henderson buys an old London theater and opens it up as the Windmill, a performance hall which goes down in history for, among other things, its all-nude revues.


Slumdog Millionaire

Danny Boyle ,
A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers.

The History Boys

Nicholas Hytner ,
An unruly class of gifted and charming teenage boys are taught by two eccentric and innovative teachers, as their headmaster pushes for them all to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge.

The Mother

Roger Michell ,
The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.

The Prince of Tides

Barbra Streisand ,
A troubled man talks to his suicidal sister's psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process.

Watchmen

Zack Snyder ,
In an alternate 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.

Graded Readers

Falling Leaves (Penguin Readers 4)

Adeline Yen Mah , Penguin
This book is the life story and family history of Adeline Yen Mah. Adeline was born in China at a time of great change and trouble. At the same time, she suffered terrible unkindness from the members of her own family. "Falling Leaves" is a story of pain and fear, but also of hope as Adeline fights for her independence.

Falling Leaves 2nd Edn.(Penguin Readers 4)

Adeline Yen Mah , Penguin
This book is the life story and family history of Adeline Yen Mah. Adeline was born in China at a time of great change and trouble. At the same time, she suffered terrible unkindness from the members of her own family. "Falling Leaves" is a story of pain and fear, but also of hope as Adeline fights for her independence

Management Gurus (Penguin Readers 4)

David Evans , Penguin
From the factory and the boardroom to governments, schools and hospitals, management ideas influence almost every aspect of our lives. But what is the job of a manager? Is business really about people or profit? And is management an art or a science? An introduction to the main ideas of management through the lives of some of the most important thinkers in the history of business including Frederick Taylor, Alfred Sloan, Peter Drucker and Tom Peters.

The Strangest Man: The Life of Paul Dirac

Graham Farmelo , Faber & Faber
Paul Dirac was one of the leading pioneers of the greatest revolution in 20th-century science: quantum mechanics. The youngest theoretician ever to win the Nobel Prize for Physics, he was also pathologically reticent, strangely literal-minded and legendarily unable to communicate or empathize. Through his greatest period of productivity, his postcards home contained only remarks about the weather. Based on a previously undiscovered archive of family papers, Graham Farmelo celebrates Dirac's massive scientific achievement while drawing a compassionate portrait of his life and work. Farmelo shows a man who, while hopelessly socially inept, could manage to love and sustain close friendship. The Strangest Man is an extraordinary and moving human story, as well as a study of one of the most exciting times in scientific history.

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Legal English Books

Tourism Law

J Corke , ELM Publications
This book gives a detailed description of the history and cases that shaped British tourism law as it is today

Medical English Books

Test Your Professional English - Medical

Alison Pohl , Pearson Education Ltd
This book is organised into eight sections and covers hundreds of key words and expressions in areas such as body systems, patient history and examination, medical conditions, and drugs and treatment