Which course book to use?

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Which course book to use?

Unread postby littleminty » 20 Dec 2011, 05:01

I have a TEFL certificate but I haven't taught for at least 5 years. I have just been asked to give private lessons to an intermediate adult. I am looking for a comprehensive one stop course book. I don't have much free time to pull resources from here, there and everywhere and I don't want to spend money on a plethora of books (including teachers books etc..). Any suggestions?

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Re: Which course book to use?

Unread postby Lucy » 22 Dec 2011, 20:50


I suggest you use English File. It covers all aspects of language: grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation; as well as the four skills. There are practice exercises and many activities. I understand that you don't want to buy lots of books; but if you can get the teacher's book (even second hand online), it would be worth it.

Headway is another good option at that level. However, I think that is less well suited to a one-on-one class as there are long reading and listening exercises as the basis of language study. That sort of work could be boring in an individual lesson.

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