Which book do you recommend: Cutting Edge or Inside Out?

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Which book do you recommend: Cutting Edge or Inside Out?

Unread postby Jerezgirl » 05 Feb 2007, 23:06

The time has come for me to update my course books. I´ve been using Cutting Edge for a few years and overall I have been quite impressed. But times move on and the books are now out of date making some of the exercises impossible.

I see Cutting Edge have a new updated series out, so I could just buy that. But I just wanted to check that this would be a sensible thing to do before committing myself.

I see from my supplier that the number one best selling course book at the moment is Inside Out. I´ve had a flick through and it looks and feels good, but I have no experience of using it.

If anyone has experience of Inside Out, or even better, experience of BOTH Inside Out AND Cutting Edge, then I would love to know how they compare.

I really can´t decide between the two at the moment, so your opinions are really important to me and I will be making decisions based on the replies I get.

I probably should add that all my students are over 18, in small groups of no more than 6 and are all Spanish. I travel to businesses and do the class on site.

Thank you all.

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Which book do you recommend: Cutting Edge or Inside Out?

Unread postby Lucy » 18 Feb 2007, 17:15

Dear Nicole,

Sorry I've taken so long to respond, I've been away on holiday.

I have used Cutting Edge and think it is an excellent book. I especially like the way grammar is presented ad practised. I’m familiar with Inside Out and this book also looks excellent. However, I think the presentation and practice of grammar is not treated as thoroughly as in the Cutting Edge series. I think that if you choose to use Inside Out, you would need to supplement the language sections. Having said that, I’ve never used the book and my opinion is based on looking through it.

I'm moving your question into the teaching adults forum so that other people can answer your question there.

Best wishes,

Lucy
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Unread postby Jerezgirl » 22 Feb 2007, 22:49

Thanks Lucy.

I seem to be getting fairly constant positive feedback about the Cutting Edge series, so I think I may just stick with what I know and get the new series.
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Unread postby Peter Easton » 04 Mar 2007, 02:38

I recommend 'Market Leader' published by Peason Eductation in the UK. It's a fantastic book, the best I have ever used. Business topics only though.
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Unread postby Jerezgirl » 07 Mar 2007, 20:04

Thanks Peter. I am already using this book for my business classes and I agree, it is an excellent book.

It is the general English course books that I need to update though.
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Unread postby Kootvela » 20 Oct 2007, 11:27

I advice New Headway Third Edition series. Updated in 2006 (the previous print was in 2000), they have better pictures, new listening texts, writing activities (you have a writing ready for every unit!) and also CD to wrokbook. I love Headway.
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