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College Writing Skills with Readings, 8th Edition [Paperback]

John Langan
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January 8, 2010 0073371661 978-0073371665 8th
College Writing Skills with Readings offers students a practical guide to becoming better writers. From mastering the traditional five-paragraph essay and its variations to learning about the finer points of grammar and punctuation, College Writing Skills with Readings empowers students to take control of their writing and put it to work for them. Now, with the new online writing program Connect Writing and the soon-to-come Connect Langan, an online interactive version of College Writing Skills with Readings, this new eighth edition brings writing closer to students and helps to take them where they need to go. Whether online or in class, College Writing Skills with Readings offers students the tools to succeed.

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About the Author

John Langan has taught reading and writing at Atlantic Community College near Atlantic City, New Jersey, for over twenty years. The author of a popular series of college textbooks on both reading and writing, he enjoys the challenge of developing materials that teach skills in an especially clear and lively way. Before teaching, he earned advanced degrees in writing at Rutgers University and in reading at Glassboro State Collee. He also spent a year writing fiction.

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  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 8th edition (January 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073371661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073371665
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Langan has taught reading and writing at Atlantic Cape Community College near Atlantic City, New Jersey, for over twenty-five years. The author of a popular series of college textbooks on both writing and reading, John enjoys the challenge of developing materials that teach skills in an especially clear and lively way. Before teaching, he earned advanced degrees in writing at Rutgers University and in reading at Rowan University. He also spent a year writing fiction that, he says, "is now at the back of a drawer waiting to be discovered and acclaimed posthumously." While in school, he supported himself by working as a truck driver, a machinist, a battery assembler, a hospital attendant, and an apple packer. John now lives with his wife, Judith Nadell, near Philadelphia. In addition to his wife and Philly sports teams, his passions include reading and turning on nonreaders to the pleasure and power of books. Through Townsend Press, his educational publishing company, he has developed the nonprofit "Townsend Library"--a collection more than thirty new and classic stories that appeal to readers of any age.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT a new edition August 21, 2010
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I've been using Langan's text for a developmental composition class at the community college level. I don't think there is a perfect text out there, and I do agree, for the most part, with what many of the other reviewers have been saying. The basic instruction on different modes of writing is good, the activities are ok, and the readings could be a LOT better. I'll continue to use this, though, until I find something better.

However, my major problem with this edition is one that often comes up. It's not really a new edition. A couple of the readings were swapped out (really, like one or two). The pages are literally only 2-3 off from the previous edition and I'm not sure what, if any, new content has been added. In the exercises and activities, usually only 1-2 tiny changes have been made and they're not significant ones, ie. the old question was not unclear or misleading. So far as I can tell, these are the ONLY changes in the new edition.

I know that doing this is a standard practice with textbook publishers, however, that doesn't make it any more right. It was only 3 years ago that the last "new" edition of this book came out. Most of my students are in community college because they can't afford much else and even receive assistance so they can attend college, which is $26/credit hour in California. Check how much the last edition goes for here. If all my students bought on Amazon, they'd pay between $5-20 for the text. This new one? $100 at the bookstore and slightly discounted here. This is not right.

My bookstore told me that they "had to" carry the new edition, though I am considering telling them no text is required next semester and telling students to purchase the 7th edition online.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An Embarrassment June 22, 2010
By Blue22
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I agree with an earlier reviewer that the grammar and punctuation chapters are severely lacking in any challenging exercises. I have to constantly augment CWS with more challenging work from other sources. It should really be titled "High School Writing Skills."

But what's really disheartening with the 8th edition is the incredible amount of typos (I assume the mistakes are typos) that are littered throughout the book. One example: Review Test 3 in the comma chapter lists all the answers within the paragraph. There are too many others to list here.

Did Langan actually have an editor(s) proofread this edition? It's embarrassing as an English teacher to stand in front of a class and constantly have to correct the mistakes in this worthless book. It makes me look totally unprofessional. Thank you, John Langan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! May 25, 2012
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This book was exactly what I needed and came at a great price! It arrived as promised and Im very happy with it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good January 2, 2012
By Mina217
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I needed this book for my course in English college. I came very quickly in the mail just in time for my course to begin. I would recommend this seller!
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5.0 out of 5 stars That's the best handbook ever May 3, 2014
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That's the best handbook ever! English is my second language and I went trought a lot of handbooks, but nothing like this one! It provides you with a lot of information, which is useful. You will find a lot of exercises in it that catch your attention and are funny to do. Punctuation has always been very complicated for understanding. Thanks to the handbook It is not anymore. I built my vocabulary stronger and improved my english skills on academic level
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference material. February 24, 2014
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I ordered this book to guide me in my studies and found that this book was very helpful. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book and fast shipping February 15, 2014
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Dear somebody
I recommend you to buy this book because this book is very useful for ESL student who want to know essay writing.
It's great book and fast shipping. thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good study material February 10, 2014
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My daughter needed this book for college course. She states this book is very clear and explanitory. The price was great compared to local book stores.
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4.0 out of 5 stars College Writing Skills with Readings
It is great to be able to get used books. The book was in great shape and received in a timely manner. Got it for my daughter. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Karen Benedict
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Addition to my classes
This book has been an invaluable teaching tool for my DE English class as well as my college English class. Read more
Published 9 months ago by woofy7
5.0 out of 5 stars The item was exactly as promised. A good textbook with pages intact....
Winderful. Usable. All pages were there. Not a brand new book, but vey usable,clean and U xan definitely safe so much money by buyung it used.
Published 9 months ago by linda kleinschmidt
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
I paid around 4 dollars for a book in OK shape. Good deal! The book was quite worn and had writing but- still worth it.
Published 9 months ago by Jamie:)
5.0 out of 5 stars Langan's College Writing Skills with Readings
This is an excellent book for use with students that are striving to achieve a greater knowledge of the English language and its usage. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Julia C. Trevino
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad description of the book
Book was purchase as NEW and no access code was provided. I now have to buy and access code separately not too happy with that.
Published 10 months ago by scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
It was mandatory to get this book but overall it had a lot of great information and was easy to understand.
Published 10 months ago by M. Antillon
5.0 out of 5 stars Like new
Thanks great price and fast delivery. The product was exactly as described. I am pleased with the product. Keep up the great job and professionalism.
Published 11 months ago by Marcelo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
i used it for the summer for summer school in college and it help a lot and help me pass my class for summer. i know the last sentence was a run on lol
Published 11 months ago by jbv6
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