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Book of the month - June 2016

ETpedia™ 500 Ideas For Business English Teachers

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JOHN HUGHES AND ROBERT MCLARTY, PAVILION PUBLISHERS AND MEDIA LTD; 978-1-9110-2820-8

This 174-page A4 wire-bound resource book is packed with tips, ideas and activities. Firstly, it clarifies ‘What is Business English?’, then looks at planning courses. It provides activities for topic areas like sales, culture, technology and management. Finally, it covers business communication skills (presentations, negotiations) and language skills (grammar, vocabulary and business writing). The ideas vary in length from short tips to longer activities or lists of expressions. The ‘10 ways to use frameworks’ unit is especially useful, providing diagrams which help students organise their thoughts. An excellent appendix contains a sample needs analysis form, a ‘collocation pelmanism’ activity, and a set of colour business cards for role plays. This is exactly the one-stop resource book I would have liked when I started teaching business English.