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Twelve American Voices

Twelve American Voices: An Authentic Listening and Integrated-Skills Textbook

Maurice Cogan Hauck
with Kenneth MacDougall
Based on National Public Radio Documentaries by David Isay
Copyright Date: 2002
Published by: Yale University Press
Pages: 176
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    Twelve American Voices
    Book Description:

    Designed for non-native speakers of English,Twelve American Voicespresents a series of entertaining and culturally rich radio documentaries by award-winning producer David Isay. These stories, which were first broadcast on National Public Radio, focus on a range of individuals living and working in contemporary America, from an immigrant Chinese restaurant owner in New York City to an African-American waitress who helped integrate a Southern lunch counter, from the owner of a pawnship-wedding chapel to a retired couple who have become disk jockeys. As students listen to these stories, they hear a variety of regional and ethnic "Englishes" and are introduced to some corners of American culture that are rarely seen in the media.In addition to transcripts of the documentaries, the book includes thought-provoking exercises that encourage students to analyze the language in the stories and to respond in both oral and written form. A CD of the broadcasts is included. Also available is an instructor's manual as a PDF file from the publisher.

    eISBN: 978-0-300-13049-2
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-x)
  3. To the Instructor
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  4. To the Student
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  5. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xvii-xviii)
  6. 1 Hunan Chef
    (pp. 1-10)
  7. 2 The Nixie Clerk
    (pp. 11-19)
  8. 3 Airplane Ashes
    (pp. 20-29)
  9. 4 Chained Girl
    (pp. 30-39)
  10. 5 Senior DJs
    (pp. 40-50)
  11. 6 Advance Obituaries
    (pp. 51-60)
  12. 7 Diaryman
    (pp. 61-70)
  13. 8 Passover Wine
    (pp. 71-80)
  14. 9 The Joe Franklin Show
    (pp. 81-88)
  15. 10 Kipperman’s Pawnshop and Wedding Chapel
    (pp. 89-99)
  16. 11 Woolworth’s Lunch Counter
    (pp. 100-108)
  17. 12 Cynical Santa
    (pp. 109-118)
  18. Answers
    (pp. 119-150)
  19. Transcripts
    (pp. 151-180)