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Review - September 2014

English for Life Reading B2+ Upper Intermediate

Naomi Styles, Collins;

978-0-0075-4231-4

This 128-page book, part of a new skills series, provides a range of text types, including business correspondence, blogs, factual articles and poetry. Many texts are authentic. One section includes texts to encourage reading for pleasure. The appendices contain useful study tips for improving reading. A mini-dictionary of idioms and phrasal verbs provides definitions based on Collins Cobuild content. Many of the reading tasks are engaging, giving students reasons to read and practise in areas such as noticing tone and inference and understanding word play. The unit on humour is fun, containing jokes based on puns and homophones. Good for self-study.