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Reviews - August & September 2016

Cambridge Academic English – An integrated skills course for EAP, Upper Intermediate

Martin Hewings, CUP;


This book can be easily used as a stand-alone course for B2 students of all disciplines aiming to study at university. There are ten main chapters, five lecture skills units which provide practice in listening and note-taking, and an accompanying DVD. The topics are appropriate for the target group, and include language and communication, controversies, health and an excellent focus on Hofstede’s well-known dimensions of culture. The ‘research tip’ boxes are helpful, and the content is informed by the Cambridge Academic English Corpus. The book includes authentic academic texts and a useful wordlist of academic vocabulary. Highly recommended. 

English Plus – Starter Student’s Book

Ben Wetz with Diana Pye, OUP;


Teaching low-level learners can be challenging, but this 96-page A1 course book for 10-to-15-year-olds can certainly help. It consists of six units and is supported by a range of digital materials. The ‘one lesson per page’ structure makes it easy to use. One highlight is the ‘options’ section, which provides four extra lessons per unit covering listening and speaking, project work, culture and vocabulary puzzles. Extra activities are included for fast-finishing students. The book is visually appealing, with lively photographs, cartoons and colour drawings. Teachers need to supplement the contents with pronunciation work. Worth investigation.

Reviews by Pete Sharma for the Bournemouth English Book Centre: www.bebc.co.uk