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Book of the Month - November 2016


Discussions and More
Penny Ur, Cambridge University Press;

The original handbook Discussions that Work came out in 1981. This 142-page second edition is fully revised and adds new ideas suitable for younger and lower-level learners. The activities are designed to provide meaningful language practice. Clear procedures are provided alongside variations and follow-up ideas wherever appropriate.

The activities are conveniently divided by length and complexity: shorter, medium-length and longer activities. A balloon debate, Alibi and Picture Differences will be familiar to many teachers. I love PechaKucha, where students give twenty slide presentations, taking twenty seconds per slide; the origins of this activity should be credited. The book includes many photocopiable tasks; minimum preparation is required for most activities. This great treasure trove of ideas is as valid today as it was over thirty years ago.