Move� (Elementary and Advanced)

Title: Move (Elementary and Advanced)
Author: Bill Bowler and Sue Parminter (Elementary)
Rebecca Robb Benne and John Hird (Advanced)
Publisher: Macmillan
Components: Coursebook with CD-rom
Reviewed by: Steven Brooks
Review date: October 2007
Summary: Short course textbooks from Macmillan which are satisfyingly NOT short on material; ideal for short intensive classes, and courses with few teaching hours.

MoveThe most noticeable thing about the new Move textbooks at Elementary and Advanced levels is that they are absolutely packed with material. This came as something as a shock; textbooks designed for short courses are invariably short on material, lazily behoving the teacher to flesh them out. And so happily this is not the case with Move. Each book contains 3 modules, with each module containing 4 units of teaching and a review unit. Each module is advertised as providing 15 hours of teaching (45 hours in total per book), although to do everything in the book would undoubtedly take much longer. It probably isn't a good idea to do absolutely everything of course, but it is reassuring to know that there is more than enough material to fall back on: particularly in classes with students who finish everything quickly.

Move Elementary is bright and undaunting, despite the volume of exercises. The pictures are well-rendered, and the photographs are relevant. The lesson content follows a familiar pattern: lead-in, reading/listening, vocabulary, grammar presentation, practice, with genuine speaking activities sprinkled in between, and then further vocabulary, speaking, and writing tasks for application. With each unit not being designed as one whole lesson, Move will be perfect for those teachers who may only be teaching 30 or 45 minute lessons as well as those who are teaching 2 hour lessons. The stages of each unit are not necessarily to be followed rigidly one after the other, yet at the same time there is a definite focus. Macmillan advertise this book as being flexible, and it certainly is with respect to the organization of the content. Teachers using Move should find it quite easy to prepare well-rounded lesson of any length.

Refreshingly Move Advanced does not start off with a "getting to know the other students/introduce yourself" styled unit (how many times will a student have done that by the time they get to advanced?), leaving the teacher to take care of that at their discretion. Instead, Move Advanced starts as it continues, with an engaging and genuinely interesting prelude to debate about how we define people as eccentric.

As with Move Elementary, there is a wealth of content, and the content to be taught should be picked carefully. The Lead-In section in the first unit for example, has 3 related discussion questions about eccentrics. Only one is really necessary for one lesson, but of course the others can be used in another lesson as links to the previous lesson. And it is the same with the other sections too- there really is so much packed into each unit. The Language Study sections are well presented, and there is nice variety in the vocabulary sections- mixing useful, natural, and challenging words and phrases, and thankfully few complicated words for the sake of complicated words as found in other advanced textbooks.

Overall the Move textbooks are teacher-friendly, and satisfyingly thorough despite their short course focus. They are designed for adults and young adults, however younger adults might become weary at their thoroughness over time. The organization of the books is superb, and interestingly the focus of each unit is explicitly linked to the Common European Framework list "Can" aims (e.g. The focus of Move Elementary Module 1, Unit 1 is: "Can discuss types of behaviour/Can take turns in a discussion"), meaning the student should be able to achieve these aims by the end of the lesson.

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