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Reviews in brief - June 2018

A Little Trouble in Dublin
Cambridge Experience Readers, Richard MacAndrew
CUP ISBN: 978-84-8323-695-6

Cambridge Experience Readers are aimed at A1-level pre-teen and teenage learners.

This exciting, award-winning piece of original fiction starts when a youngster on a school trip to Dublin receives a forged banknote. The story is gripping and fast-moving with some surprising twists, although one event did make me sigh in mild disbelief. The frequent colour pictures nicely support the narrative. The language exercises are appropriate for the level, and the ‘Looking Forward’ questions successfully arouse curiosity about the next chapter. The half-page glossary is rather short. A downloadable audio track is available. The total word count is 4,256. Worth investigation.

The non-native teacher Updated edition with new material,
Péter Medgyes Swan Communication Ltd
ISBN: 978-1-901760-11-8

Both editions of this award-winning book (1994, 1999) are out-of-print. Nevertheless, the debate surrounding the perceived relative value of the native-speaking English teacher (NEST) and the non-NEST is relevant today, making this 172-page updated edition welcome. It frames the largely unaltered original text (in black) with new material (in blue), including tasks, ideas for further reading and margin notes to stimulate reflection. This original approach successfully links the debate to each reader’s own situation. The non-NEST author asks the uncompromising question: ‘Who’s worth more?’. Hugely valuable for continuing to draw attention to discriminatory practices within the ELT profession. Immensely thought-provoking.

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