TEFL Book Reviews Archive

2007 Reviews

The Business

The Business (Intermediate)
Macmillan
Review: 2007
Lara Promnitz-Hayashi

A good textbook for high Intermediate to Advanced level Business English students, with a very useful and easy to use DVD ROM.

Examining Writing: Research and Practice in assessing second language writing
Cambridge University Press
Review: 2007 Tory S. Thorkelson

Written for the "Researcher as teacher" or trained interviewer / examiner rather than the "Teacher as reasearcher", this publication highlights the need for test developers to provide clear explanations of the ability constructs which underpin tests.

Examining Writing
Straightforward Beginner

Straightforward (Beginner)
Macmillan
Review: 2007 Clair Taylor

An engaging coursebook which takes learners further than many other beginning texts.

Blended Learning : Using technology in and beyond the language classroom
Macmillan
Review: 2007 Howard Brown

A good book for novices and experienced teachers who want to add technology to their classes.

Blended Learning
0 Activities for the Primary Classroom

500 Activities for the Primary Classroom
Macmillan
Review: 2007 Ben Shearon

A comprehensive collection of activities for teaching English to younger children. A good resource for new or inexperienced teachers, but teachers with more experience will find much of this familiar.

Move (Elementary and Advanced)
Macmillan
Review: 2007 Steven Brooks

Short course textbooks from Macmillan which are satisfyingly NOT short on material; ideal for short intensive classes, and courses with few teaching hours.

Move

Websites for language teachers:
EnglishClub.com & TEFL.net

Review: 2007 Rolf Palmberg

It may take you just as long to search for exercises and texts on the Internet as it would to make them yourself. One way of saving time is to use “gateways” – websites containing most of what a language teacher may need.

Challenges 1

Challenges 1
Pearson Longman
Review: 2007 Richard. J. Walker

Challenges 1 is full of visually stimulating, well-sequenced activities that combine to make a perfect 'four skills' introduction to English at Junior High School level.

Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners
Macmillan
Review: 2007 Carla Wilson

This new edition has sections on improving writing, language awareness and expanding vocabulary in addition to the main dictionary.

Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners
Longman Study Dictionary of American English

Longman Study Dictionary of American English
Pearson Education
Review: 2007 Carla Wilson

Dictionary for secondary school aged students with an emphasis on age-appropriate entries and academic English.

Ready for PET
Macmillan
Review: 2007 Paul Wicking

Ready for PET is a solid exam preparation textbook that is comprehensive and engaging, offering the student plenty of opportunity for practice.

Ready for PET
How to Teach Speaking

How to Teach Speaking
Pearson Longman
Review: 2007 Christian Jones

An extremely valuable guide to both the nature of spoken language and possible ways to focus on speaking in the classroom.

Focus on IELTS Foundation
Pearson Longman
Review: 2007 Alex Case

There must be some famous bit of market research that I don’t know about going around ELT editors’ offices at the moment, because two different publishing companies have used the word “Foundation” to describe IELTS books that came out at almost exactly the same time.

Focus on IELTS Foundation
Dealing with Difficulties

Dealing with Difficulties
Delta Publishing
Review: 2007 Jesus Garcia Laborda

Resources for teachers with classroom dynamics or behaviour difficulties who need to gain control over their classes and increase their self-esteem.

How to...Teach English with Technology
Longman
Review: 2007 Kaithe Greene

Another winner from the Longman Pearson How to... stable – thanks Longman! This book is everything you would expect from winners of the 2007 British Council Innovation Awards for developers of new English language learning resources.

How to...Teach English with Technology
How To Teach English

Total English Advanced
Pearson Longman
Review: 2007 Christian Jones

A very comprehensive package with clear aims, a clear format and familiar syllabus.

The Creative Classroom
Lynx Publishing
Review: 2007 Kaithe Greene

Great book - use it to fill the gaps, liven up a dull syllabus, promote pro-active learning, or just because it genuinely promotes creative thinking.

Focus on IELTS
How To Teach English

How To Teach English
Pearson Education
Review: 2007 Jesus Garcia Laborda

Language teaching skills and methodology book not only for teacher trainees who are either studying or beginning but also for practitioners who want to improve their teaching skills.

Email English
Macmillan
Review: 2007 Marji Napper
Focus on IELTS
Longman Essential Activator Longman Essential Activator
Longman
Review: 2007 Agata Wasielewska
Focus on IELTS
Pearson Longman
Review: 2007 Kaithe Greene
Focus on IELTS
Penguin Readers Penguin Readers
Penguin
Review: 2007 Alex Case
Presenting
Delta Publishing
Review: 2007 Paula Swenson
Presenting

2006 Reviews
Role Plays for Today
Intelligent Business
Hippo and Friends
Listen and Learn English
face2face (Pre-Intermediate)
How to...Teach for Exams
New English File Pre-Intermediate
Clear Speech from the Start

2005 Reviews
English in Mind Level 3
Top Up Listening
Safety and Challenge (for Japanese Learners of English)
Just Reading and Writing, Just Listening and Speaking
English for Business Life
Ice Cream Series - Vanilla
Total English (Elementary)
Real English Grammar
Learning to Teach English
Apricot Picture Books
Puzzle Time for Starters, Puzzle Time for Movers
New Headway Advanced
Penguin Young Readers
Puzzle Time for Flyers
Defining Issues in English Language Teaching
Stylistics
Natural Grammer
Just Grammar, Just Reading and Writing
English Teaching professional

2004 Reviews
Motivational Strategies in the Language Classroom
Check Your Vocabulary for English for the PET Examination
Word for Word
Teaching for Success
Using the Mother Tongue
Doing Second Language Research

2003 Reviews
Knowing Me Knowing You
Intercultural Business Communication
Methodology in Language Teaching
Teaching English as an International Language
Historical Graded Readers
Advanced Learner's Dictionaries Comparative Review
New Editions Children's Books
Dictionary of Banking & Finance, Dictionary of Economics
Word Up ESL Board Game
Skills for Business English
Trouble With? series

2002 Reviews
Business Vocabulary in Use
A Selection of Graded Readers
Using the Board in the Language Classroom
Teaching Large Multilevel Classes
Games for Grammar Practice
Humanising Your Coursebook
Learner English - A Teacher's Guide to Interference and Other Problems
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