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New Inside Out Beginner Sue Kay & Vaughan Jones Macmillan Education Having a class of beginner students is always a rewarding challenge. The New Inside Out Beginner Student’s Book is a reliable, quality source offering what students will need to build a strong foundation and expand their English language skills. The course book has an attractive bright cover, ...

Success with BEC Higher Paul Dummett with Colin Benn Summertown Publishing, 2007   How do you spell success?  Spell it? Spell it, I can.  Act it out for a businessperson unaided, I can’t.  And that’s when I remember just why I didn’t go into business—I don’t have a business mind.  Yet, language I do have (albeit not always ...

Success (Upper Intermediate) Jane Comyns Carr and Jennifer Parsons Pearson Longman, 2007   What would you expect if you team up Pearson Education and Jane Comyns Carr, co-author of the hugely successful and popular Cutting Edge? A well-organised, well-structured and well-edited book? Well, two out of three isn’t bad! I was disappointed that a good teaching package, which is ...

The CELTA Course Scott Thornbury and Peter Watkins Cambridge University Press in collaboration with Cambridge ESOL, 2007   As a relatively new teacher trainer who was/is looking to build up her bank of input sessions, I welcomed the long-awaited Cambridge-approved Trainer and Student Manual on ‘The CELTA Course’ by Scott Thornbury and Peter Watkins (CUP), 2007. As a teacher, ...

by Yuhui Fu Reviewed by Sarah White I’ve always been interested in learning Chinese. At high school in Australia we were given two choices when it came to learning a language; French or German. Neither of which I was interested in learning and neither of which seemed at all useful considering Australia’s great distance from both countries. So ...

Negotiating Susan Lowe and Louise Pile Delta Publishing   Reviewed by Helen Ray, IH Santiago Another one to add to the series of business communication skills books from Delta publishing, which already includes telephoning, socializing and emailing. This short book, again for Pre Intermediate – Intermediate level students, concentrates on the language and strategies for conducting negotiations and ...

Assessing Speaking Sari Luoma Cambridge University Press   Reviewed by Nick Kiley, IH Hanoi Several years ago, after having been teaching for a short amount of time, I was sent to a company to do some placement testing of the spoken language of various soon-to-be-recipients of English classes provided by our school. There were several STBRs, so two teachers were ...

Oxford Basics for Children. All of us at International House, Kielce, Poland welcomed this book. We had recently won a major European Union contract to teach English to local children, and we were looking for materials that would help to make our lessons more fun, more in touch with the tastes of children - and more ...

Review by Helen Mitchell, IH Belfast In these difficult times, decisions made by DoSes will seriously affect their organisation and having a clearer insight into business processes will hopefully encourage educational managers to be more proactive in their approach.  This is useful reading for anyone currently taking or wishing to take the International Diploma in Language ...

Kallimni ‘Arabi Bishweesh is part of a planned series of Egyptian Colloquial Arabic course books for adults. As the first of this series, It combines authentic everyday cultural content, comprehensive grammar, and real-life functional language. and complies with the guidelines for teaching and learning Arabic of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages ...