Verbena wrote:Well... one month and one week has gone by since I posted this, and not a single person is prepared to offer an opinion on any coursebook. I was only looking for an couple of honest opinions, based on experience, not an essay!
I'm not very impressed, especially as this was a first post to this site, from a new teacher.
It's easy for posts to be missed on forums – I certainly hadn't seen this one before today (though I was teaching in Vietnam at the time and had little internet access). In future you could always 'bump' your post up to get it back to the top of the forum.
On my CELTA course I used Language to Go
(pre-intermediate) and Natural English
(upper-intermediate). I felt that the teacher's book for Language to Go was much more user-friendly than the one for Natural English. It was the reverse with the students' books – the topics in Language to Go were really random, and not especially relevant to my students' lives (pre-nups anyone?!) whereas the Natural English course seemed to be better tailored to real life.
Since then, I have used My World
(quite aside from the fact that they are beyond boring, the books are full of errors, with the teacher's book frequently giving incorrect answers!), New Headway, New English File
and Just Right
. Personally I quite like the Just Right series (written by Jeremy Harmer). Bear in mind that I was only teaching Elementary and Intermediate students. There is nothing to say that you have to use the same series with everyone though – you are free to pick and choose.
Note that I'm a fairly new teacher with no experience of teaching 1-2-1s. Hopefully someone more experienced will be able to give you some further insight.