Communicate! Confidence Skills for English Learners. By Ray DiZazzo. Edited by Leyla Namazie. ISBN: 978-1539803782 174 pages. $19.95
Language Arts & Disciplines/ English as a Second language (ESL)/ Communication Studies
This book is published by Floricanto Press.
Communicate! Confidence Skills for English Learners is a compelling example of Mr. DiZazzo’s philosophy on the power of personal communication. Writing in a simple, conversational style, this newest book covers all aspects of communication skills and ways they can help English Learners feel more confident using their newly acquired vocabulary. Speaking of the relationship between words and communication skills, DiZazzo has said: “We can think of the words taught to English Learners as tools for building positive lives – the hammers, nails, screwdrivers and so on. Communication skills, on the other hand, are the powerful ways English Learners can use those tools to build confidence, richly rewarding personal relationships and prosperous futures.” Communicate! Confidence Skills for English Learners was developed by DiZazzo based on a class he taught at Oxnard Adult School, in Southern California. Although the book was developed for English Leaners, it is a valuable tool for anyone wishing to improve their ability to communicate clearly and powerfully.
Ray DiZazzo is an author, teacher, seminar speaker, and poet. He has published fiction, non-fiction, poetry and criticism in magazines, newspapers and twelve books. He has written seven screenplays and produced a travel documentary highlighting the islands of Penobscot Bay off the coast of Maine. Mr. DiZazzo is the recipient of the Percival Roberts Book Award, the Rhysling Award, and five International Television Awards. He is also a Pushcart Prize nominee, and his work has been anthologized in a variety of publications. He has also taught communication skills to management employees here and abroad, and he recently delivered a Keynote address on the power of personal communication to employees of the New York State Education Department. Mr. DiZazzo defines his deepest passion as what he calls “The amazing positive influence personal communication can have on our lives.” He currently lives with his wife of 47 years in Southern California.