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Reviews in brief - June 2017

Solutions 2nd Edition Pre-Intermediate,
Tim Falla, Paul A Davies OUP; 9780194552875

This is the second edition of a five-level English course for teenagers. The ten units cover the grammar, vocabulary and language skills typical at A2/B1 level. Additional strands focus on culture and ‘everyday English’. The variety of topics covered is impressive and ranges from cyber-crime to body language.

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Review: Puzzle practice

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Exploratory Practice (EP) began to emerge in the early 1990s, partly in response to the then more established forms of practitioner research such as Action Research (AR) and Reflective Practice (RP). For many involved in language teaching, these terms are perhaps still a mystery.

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Book of the month - April 2017


ETpedia™ Materials Writing, 500 ideas for creating English language materials

Lindsay Clandfield and John Hughes, Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd;
978-1- 0110-2862-8

Have you ever thought about becoming a materials writer? If so, this new resource book is a good place to start. The seven main sections contain a wealth of ideas, from useful information for first-time writers to ideas for self-editing and development aimed at experienced writers.

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Reviews in brief - April


Unlock, Reading and Writing Skills 4, Chris Sowton, CUP / Discovery Education™; 978-1-1076-1525-0

This is the new re-designed edition of a young adult and adult course designed to practise English in everyday situations. The twelve units cover grammar, vocabulary, the four language skills and pronunciation. The book’s strength lies in the extensive use of communication activities, with nearly twenty pages of information-exchange tasks.

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Critical reading


Anna Phillips finds wisdom in a book for novice teachers

How can we help novice Esol teachers ‘survive’ in the classroom? In other words, how can they teach effectively while at the same time developing their own teaching skills?

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Avoid Distractions And Make Progress

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Tam Connors-Sadek has been using the Cambridge English Empower course, and is pleased with the result.

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