Author Spotlight: Kathi Wyldeck

| April 21, 2018

English Comprehensive-7-9 – by Kathi Wyldeck

This comprehensive English course is designed for children in Grades 7 to 9, for advanced ESL students, for remedial pupils who need more practice with basic skills, and for students who study at home. Every chapter consists of grammar, reading comprehension, phonic spelling, vocabulary, conversation, writing practice, and general knowledge. At the back of the book are several extra sections including conversation topics for ESL students, extra writing topics, a phonics summary, dictations, a booklist, and answers to all the exercises. This book is based on the “Essential English” series, but is an updated version, in a larger format and with the addition of general knowledge.

Comprehensive English (grammar, spelling, punctuation, reading comprehension, conversation and writing) is exactly what a student will learn. This book is designed to teach students between Grades 7 and 9, advanced ESL pupils, students in Grades 10 to 12 who need revision of basic skills and teenagers and adults interested in learning or need a review of advanced grammar. This book is designed for individual learning, classroom and home school environments.

This reviewer is particularly impressed that the author has included several sections for special needs: ESL pupils (a large choice of conversation topics is offered), students wanting more writing practice (extra topics are set), unconfident spellers (a phonics summary is provided), pupils keen to read more books (a book-list is included) and for parents and tutors (dictations and answers are supplied).

Author Kathi Wyldeck grew up in Sydney, Australia, won a Commonwealth Scholarship to the University of Sydney, studied Science and worked as a clinical and research technician at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, before becoming a full-time mum to raise her three sons (served as Cub Scout Leader). After returning to work, she switched careers and became a general education tutor to children, teenagers and ESL adults. Kathi has taught a variety of subjects but developed an interest in the teaching of grammar and writing skills.

I, Theodocia McLean, am familiar with and endorse Kathi Wyldeck’s educational books. The content, detail and clarity are worth the small monetary investment. Her sixteen educational books All You Need to Know About Grammar, English For Everyone: Book One and Two, English – A Comprehensive Course: Grades 3 to 5, 5 to 7, 7 to 9, Essential English Book 1, 2 and 3, Everyday Spelling and Grammar, Family Games, Games For Fun: Fitness and Learning, Grammar and Vocabulary Games for Children, How to Write – Writing Lessons for Middle School, How to Write an Essay, and Writing Practice Workbook can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and Lulu.

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All You Need to Know About Grammar – by Kathi Wyldeck

This book introduces and explains all the main concepts of grammar to students in years (grades) 7-10, thus greatly improving their reading, comprehension, and writing skills.

Genre: Education & Reference

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English Comprehensive: 3-5 – by Kathi Wyldeck

This comprehensive English course is designed for children in Grades 3 to 5, for upper-elementary to intermediate ESL students, for remedial pupils who need more practice with basic skills, and for students who study at home. Every chapter consists of grammar, reading comprehension, phonic spelling, vocabulary, conversation, writing practice, and general knowledge. At the back of the book are several extra sections including handy phrases for ESL students, extra writing topics, a phonics summary, dictations, a booklist, and answers to all the exercises. This book is based on the “Essential English” series, but is an updated version, in a larger format and with the addition of general knowledge.

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English Comprehensive: 5-7 – by Kathi Wyldeck

This comprehensive English course is designed for children in Grades 5 to 7, for intermediate ESL students, for remedial pupils who need more practice with basic skills, and for students who study at home. Every chapter consists of grammar, reading comprehension, phonic spelling, vocabulary, conversation, writing practice, and general knowledge. At the back of the book are several extra sections including conversation topics for ESL students, extra writing topics, a phonics summary, dictations, a booklist, and answers to all the exercises. This book is based on the “Essential English” series, but is an updated version, in a larger format and with the addition of general knowledge.

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English For Everyone: Book 1 – by Kathi Wyldeck

This comprehensive English book provides lessons and exercises for a wide variety of students, including: Young primary pupils between Grades 1 and 4, Upper Elementary to Intermediate ESL students, and Remedial pupils needing revision of basic skills. By using this book: Pupils in Grades 1 to 4 will advance in their grammar and writing skills, ESL students will improve their vocabulary, spelling, comprehension and conversation and Remedial pupils will be able to revise their spelling, dictation, reading and comprehension. Teachers will have a useful resource book for the mixed-ability, multicultural classroom.

Genre: Education & Reference

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English For Everyone: Book 2 – by Kathi Wyldeck

This comprehensive English book provides lessons and exercises for a wide variety of students, including: Pupils between Grades 5 and 8, Intermediate to Advanced ESL students, Remedial pupils needing revision of basic skills. By using this book: Pupils in Grades 5 to 8, will advance in their grammar and writing skills, ESL students will improve their vocabulary, spelling, comprehension and conversation and Remedial pupils will be able to revise their spelling, dictation, reading and comprehension. Teachers will have a useful resource book for the mixed-ability, multicultural classroom.

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Essential English: Book-1-by-Kathi Wyldeck

This comprehensive English text and workbook gives lessons and exercises for pupils in Grades 3 and 4, older children needing revision of basic skills, and upper elementary ESL students in all aspects of English. Each chapter covers grammar, punctuation, reading, comprehension, spelling, dictation, vocabulary, conversation and writing. The book is especially suited to the mixed-ability, multicultural classroom, and is also ideal for home study students.

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Essential English: Book-2-by-Kathi Wyldeck

This comprehensive English text and workbook gives lessons and exercises for pupils in Grades 5 and 6, older children needing revision of basic skills, and intermediate ESL students in all aspects of English. Each chapter covers grammar, punctuation, reading, comprehension, spelling, dictation, vocabulary, conversation and writing. The book is especially suited to the mixed-ability, multicultural classroom, and is also ideal for home study students.

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Essential English: Book-3-by-Kathi Wyldeck

This comprehensive English text and workbook gives lessons and exercises for pupils in Grades 7 and 8, older children needing revision of basic skills, and advanced ESL students in all aspects of English. Each chapter covers grammar, punctuation, reading, comprehension, spelling, dictation, vocabulary, conversation and writing. The book is especially suited to the mixed-ability, multicultural classroom, and is also ideal for home study students.

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Everyday Spelling And Grammar – by Kathi Wyldeck

Blake’s Go Guides cut right to the heart of issues that affect you and explain then in a simple, accessible way. This guide will give you the knowledge and confidence to ask the right questions and avoid common pitfalls and get the best results.

This book gives you information on a range of issues including:
• understanding the basic rules of spelling and grammar
• improving your writing skills
• spelling those tricky words correctly
• knowing where to put the apostrophe and other punctuation puzzlers
• tips for writing effective letters and interest-grabbing resumes
• definitions and explanations of language terms.

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Family Games by Kathi Wyldeck

This reference book contains over 300 games, and is designed to help parents and other adults who supervise and entertain small groups of children. The book is divided into three sections: physical and mental, life skills, and educational. The physical and mental games are for fun and fitness, birthday parties, family get-togethers, and rainy days indoors. The life skill games teach children map and compass reading, first aid, outdoor cooking, home safety, campcraft, knotting and other handy things to know. These activities are designed to encourage independence, resourcefulness and self-confidence in young people. The educational games include fun activities in maths, English, science, history, geography, foreign languages, art and music. Home-schooling families and teachers will find this section instructive, stimulating and very unusual. The games are suitable for 7 to 17 year olds, and some of the activities will stretch the minds of even the cleverest teenagers.

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Games For Fun, Fitness and Learning – by Kathi Wyldeck

This American edition is a reference book of 335 games for parents, teachers, home-schooling families, childcare workers, Cub Scout Leaders, Sunday School teachers, and anyone else who supervises or entertains children. The book is divided into three main sections: physical and mental, life skill, and educational. The physical and mental games are for fun and fitness, and can be enjoyed at birthday parties, family get-togethers, vacation and scouting camps, and on weekend outings. The life skill games are especially designed for Cub Scout Leaders, and include such activities as map and compass reading, knotting, first aid, home safety, and outdoor cooking. The educational games include fun activities in math, English, science, history, geography, foreign languages, art and music. Teachers and home-schooling families will find this section instructive, stimulating and very unusual. The games are suitable for 7 to 17 year olds, and some of the activities will challenge even the cleverest teenagers.

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This is the American edition of ‘Grammar and Vocabulary Games for Children’. It is a resource book for teachers and home-schooling parents who want to make their children’s grammar and vocabulary lessons fun. Grammar, punctuation, phonics, vocabulary and proverbs are all presented in the form of fifty active games. At the end of a formal lesson, these activities can be given as a reward for hard work, or to reinforce the topic just studied. For restless children who need to stretch their legs and let off steam before they knuckle down to further work, the games presented in this book provide the perfect solution. Several of the vocabulary games are designed to help ESL students to practice their new words, and all the games encourage children to listen, concentrate and stay focused on the topic of study. The activities are aimed at children between the ages of 7 and 13 years. Grammar lessons and vocabulary building will never be boring when children are offered the games in this book.

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Grammar And Vocabulary Games For Children – by Kathi Wyldeck

This is the Australian edition of ‘Grammar and Vocabulary Games for Children’. It is a resource book for teachers and home-schooling parents who want to make their children’s grammar and vocabulary lessons fun. Grammar, punctuation, phonics, vocabulary and proverbs are all presented in the form of fifty-three active games. At the end of a formal lesson, these activities can be given as a reward for hard work, or to reinforce the topic just studied. For restless children who need to stretch their legs and let off steam before they knuckle down to further work, the games presented in this book provide the perfect solution. Several of the vocabulary games are designed to help ESL students to practise their new words, and all the games encourage children to listen, concentrate and stay focused on the topic of study. The activities are aimed at children between the ages of 7 and 13 years. Grammar lessons and vocabulary building will never be boring when children are offered the games in this book.

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How To Write – by Kathi Wyldeck

This text and workbook gives lessons, examples and exercises in all the main genres of writing and is aimed at pupils between Grade 4 and Grade 8, depending on their own personal ability. Sentences and paragraphs are practised first, before longer essays are attempted. The writing styles covered include narrative, descriptive, informative, persuasive, discussion, comparative, instructive and letter genres. The book is suitable for both school and home study.

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How To Write An Essay – by Kathi Wyldeck

‘How to Write an Essay’ is a book of lessons, model essays and writing topics to help students between Grades 5 and 12 to practice their essay writing technique. The book looks at story writing, short essays, information, explanation, discussion and argumentative essays, letters to friends, business letters, letters to the editor, science reports, job application letters and curriculum vitae, writers’ techniques, poetry and prose analysis. If students attempt most of the essays in the book, they are bound to become better writers as a result of all their efforts.

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Writing Practice Workbook – by Kathi Wyldeck

 This workbook provides almost 200 pages of ideas for writing practice, starting with sentences, progressing to paragraphs, and finally offering a variety of composition topics. The sentence and paragraph exercises are organised into themes, such as animals, transport and sports, while the composition exercises give practice in narrative, descriptive, informative and persuasive essays. Plenty of space is provided for each exercise, so that students can keep a record, in one handy book, of all the writing performed over a period of time. The book can be shared by several family members, (making a wonderful family memento), with the younger children working on their sentences and paragraphs, while the older ones practise their compositions. Alternatively, the workbook can be used by ESL students of all ages and stages who wish to improve their written English through regular writing practice.

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Kathi Wyldeck

Kathi Wyldeck

Kathi Wyldeck grew up in Sydney, Australia, won a Commonwealth Scholarship to the University of Sydney, studied Science and worked as a clinical and research technician at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, before becoming a full-time mum to raise her three sons.

After returning to work, she switched careers and became a general education tutor to children, teenagers and ESL adults. Kathi has taught a variety of subjects but developed an interest in the teaching of grammar and writing skills.

Having been a Cub Scout Leader while her children were young, she also has a natural love of games – indoor, outdoor, active, quiet and educational – and this love has flowed through to writing three games books (“Family Games”, “Games for Fun, Fitness and Learning” and “Grammar and Vocabulary Games for Children”).

Her first two grammar books were published by Pascal Press in Australia (“All You Need to Know About Grammar” and “Everyday Spelling and Grammar”) and these became best-sellers. Since then, further books on Comprehensive English (“English – A Comprehensive Course: Grades 3 to 5; 5 to 7; 7 to 9” and “English for Everyone – Books 1 and 2”) and Writing Technique (“How to Write an Essay” and “How to Write – Writing Lessons for Middle School”) have become popular on the international market.

Kathi has a love of reading and writes as a hobby. Other interests over the years have included skydiving, hot-air ballooning, hiking, surfing, travelling, astronomy and photography. She thanks you for taking an interest in her work.

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Australia? I’m proud to be a writer not so much because of where I come from, but because of the fact that my educational books are different from other books of this genre in my country. I like to feel that my books are unique and offer something that the others don’t. I wrote most of my books in Sydney, Australia, but have written a few more since moving down to Tasmania, the beautiful island-state of Australia.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I’m surprised that I have become a writer! I never planned it that way! The stimulus that pushed me into writing educational books was the disappointment I felt when my three children went through school, and received a very mediocre education in the modern school system. Compared with when I was at school, the curriculum has been “dumbed down” here, and I would describe the Australian education system as indoctrinating and fact-free! I started by wanting to write a book that my own children could learn from, so that they could receive the grammar, spelling, punctuation, writing and general knowledge that the school system was no longer delivering.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? At first, I wrote just for my three sons and a few English as a Second Language (ESL) students whom I tutored after school. The lessons and exercises that I wrote down, I then compiled into a manuscript, and after about a year of success with these notes, I wondered if any publisher would find them useful. I started to send my manuscript to various educational publishers, and after about nine months, a very well-respected company offered to publish this first book. I was overjoyed, of course, and thrilled to see it hit the best seller list for an educational book. It has remained a top seller, even eleven years after first publication. This book was called “All You Need to Know About Grammar”, by Pascal Press. A short time after this book hit the shelves, the company invited me to write a second book, which also became a hit. It was called “Everyday Spelling and Grammar”. It was after the success of these first two books that I started to think that maybe I should write some more! That’s when I became a writer.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? My upbringing played an enormous role in my decision to write educational books. I was fortunate enough to attend a very good school which was rigorous in its teaching, and turned all its pupils into independent, knowledgeable, hard-working young adults. We left school feeling like walking encyclopaedias! We had the facts at our fingertips, a love of learning and the confidence to know that through our own hard work, we could teach ourselves anything in the future. We were made to write enormous quantities of work at school, and we were all so used to writing that it just flowed effortlessly. With a love of factual knowledge and a confidence that I could write well, becoming a writer was easy, all thanks to my schooling.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? Pascal Press chose the titles for my first two books, but when I became an independent publisher with Lulu, I was glad that I could choose my own. Because my books are educational, my titles do their best to explain what the books are about. They are just clear, simple titles – nothing fancy about them.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? My main genre is “Education”. Most of my books are comprehensive English books, created to suit a wide ability range of students, from ESL learners and those having trouble with the basics, to intermediate and more advanced students who needed harder work and greater challenges. Each chapter of these books contains grammar, reading comprehension, spelling and dictation, vocabulary, conversation and writing exercises, with booklists and answers at the back. My main titles in this category are the series entitled “English – A Comprehensive Course” for Grades 3 to 5; Grades 5 to 7; Grades 7 to 9. My other genre is “Games”. Having raised three boys, and also having been a Cub Scout Leader for many years, I have a natural love of games. As a Cub Scout Leader, I wrote a book of games for my Cubs, mainly to help me in programme preparation. My first two games books “Games for Fun, Fitness and Learning” (suitable for big groups of children at Cubs, school, church or childcare centres) and a similar book called “Family Games” (for small family groups and home-schoolers) consist of three sections: games just for fun and fitness; life skill games; educational games. The third book in this games genre is “Grammar and Vocabulary Games for Children” which is a big hit with school teachers and home-schooling families, especially in USA and Britain. After a lesson has been given on the topic, the children are given the chance to consolidate their learning by enjoying the fun and active games in this book that test their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in a play-as-you-learn format.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? “English – A Comprehensive Course: Grades 7 to 9” is my most recent work. It is the final in the series of three books, and it just seemed natural that this title would be the best one to promote. It is selling well on Amazon and Lulu, and is also available as a Kindle book, although I would recommend the paper version if I wanted to study the book with ease. I do love Kindle books for novels, but for educational books, I think the paper version is far superior and much easier to use.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? The most rewarding experience, I think, for any writer is the pleasure of knowing that people actually enjoy what is written and want to buy their books! I often wonder who has bought my books. What sorts of people are they, where do they live, what do they do, and why do they like the books? I would love to be able to meet the people who buy my books one day.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Definitely my most rewarding experience was the acceptance of my first book for publication by Pascal Press and then the invitation to write a second book. Good royalties flow in every six months, and it feels fantastic!

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? If you are trying to publish a book through a conventional publishing house, be prepared for plenty of rejections of your manuscript before you get lucky. This is a normal part of the process. Keep trying and eventually you might achieve success. If you are an independent publisher, make sure you thoroughly edit your work for mistakes, and do not release your book onto the market until you are certain that it is perfect.

Who is your favorite author and why? I have many favourites – Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Isaac Asimov, Arthur Koestler, Douglas Adams, George Orwell and Richard Adams come to mind as great writers whose books I have enjoyed.

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