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Review - January 2015

Speaking, English for Life B2+ Upper Intermediate

Nicola Prentis, Collins;

978-0-0075-4269-7

 

Speaking is one of a series of four language skills books which includes Listening, reviewed in November 2014’s Gazette. The twenty units cover many speaking scenarios, including negotiating, persuading, being tactful and gossiping. The audio recordings provide model conversations written specifically to help users choose the right words and appropriate tone. ‘Get speaking’ tasks provide guided practice – students listen to prompts and can respond at the sound of a beep. The dialogues are often quite inventive and realistic. Users may wish to avoid using sarcasm; this is useful language to recognise, but not necessarily to produce. Worth investigation.