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Book of the month - November 2014

English for Life Listening B2+ Upper Intermediate

Ian Badger, Collins;

978-0-0075-4268-0

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Nowadays there is a wealth of authentic listening material available on the internet. So why should we welcome this new book, which includes a disc containing 56 authentic recordings? There are two main reasons: the provision of a bank of B2+ comprehension exercises with answers, and the excellent tips to improve listening. The twenty units cover an impressive range of topics, including lifestyle, practical advice and memorable experiences. There are many types of recording, from voicemails to discussions. The speakers from seveteen countries provide a variety of accents. Helpfully, full transcripts are supplied. Some topics, like ‘organ donations’, may not be suitable in all contexts. The speed of some speakers demonstrates how challenging listening is; this book can certainly help students improve in this area.