On very few occasions during a teacher’s career will they find a book that is universally hailed by educators and learners alike as a fantastic, indispensable resource. When Macmillan first delivered Paul Emmerson’s Email English back in 2004, it found immediate success in tapping into a market that had been crying out for a title devoted to this still emerging form of communication. Now, almost a decade on, what changes have been made to this classic text, and, importantly, how has this book adapted itself to meet the current conventions of email communication?
Like its predecessor, this second edition of Email English is primarily for learners of Business English who need supplementary support in the fine tuning of their writing of effective emails, as well as developing their social media communication (although by no means is it limited to this niche; as it is equally useful for General English). Perhaps the clearest benefit of Email English is that it is based on countless real life examples, systematically presenting its users with key language for constructing effective and convincing emails, as well as developing an appropriate style for interacting on the likes of Facebook and Twitter. This feeling of working with authentic email communication is something that shone through in the first edition. This thankfully remains the case with this updated version. Read on →
Business people studying English as a second language have specific language needs, and it’s crucial that these language students can express themselves clearly and unambiguously in their working lives. Cambridge’s latest Business English course is dedicated to teaching English through authentic, realistic contexts and is engaging and practical for students of Business English. Read on →
English for Work and the Workplace examines the communicative language needs of workers worldwide. There are twelve articles in this book, written by teacher researchers based all over the world (with the notable exception of North America). The focus is varied, from local case studies and workplace needs assessment to more fundamental questions as to the status of language education in lifelong learning. Read on →
Published by Delta Publishing in conjunction with UK-based corporate trainers York Associates, Managing Projects is intended for learners at CEF level B2 to C1, and as such, is perhaps unsuitable for those not already at or moving towards a high level of English proficiency. It is principally viewed as a group learning resource but may also accommodate one-to-one teaching, as well as self-study. Its major selling points are its handling of cultural issues affecting work performance and communication, and its promotion of personalised goal-setting to monitor progress with learning diaries and action plans, both of which consolidate the learning process and encourage work-skills transfer. The book is one of a series of four entitled International Management English. It rests on the well-founded belief that to manage people and execute Read on →
International Negotiations by Mark Powell is a textbook focused on learners who want to look at the area of business negotiations. Published by Cambridge University Press, as part of the Cambridge Business Skills series, it should interest any ESP teacher or learner looking for a comprehensive guide through this complicated area of business. The course book takes learners through the whole negotiating process from preparation to finishing the deal.
It is described by Cambridge University Press as a short course (15-20 hours) and it is aimed at learners from intermediate to advanced. My initial impression however is that in order to cope with the pace of the course and nature of the language, learners will need to have a fair grasp of the English language. Read on →
Those of us who have been teaching Business English for years find it difficult to find volumes on ESP methodology that are accessible and well justified. This is just what can be found in The Business English Teacher: Professional Principles and Practical Procedures. This volume, which can be used both by in–training and in-service teachers, is a compilation of good activities that work in the business classroom. The book has three main positive aspects: there is a clear interest in addressing international students; a detailed guide for current and prospective teachers; and an attractive collection of activities that address the students’ language- and content-oriented skills.
The book is divided into three sections that pay attention to first theory, then to practice and, finally, to development.
Part A addresses the organization and planning of Business ESP courses, including the contents and physical set up, along with basic considerations of vocabulary, language skills, grammar and so. This section also addresses the teaching principles such as how to choose the lesson objective, how to plan effective lessons, ways of Read on →
Traditionally, in-company classes are the most difficult for ESOL/EFL practitioners to find decent materials for. Business course books, even when well-written and presented, tend to spread the net a little too widely, meaning that some units tend to be useful for the students and the other half irrelevant to their particular situation. They also, for my money, have a tendency to skimp on the grammar. The alternative, to take a crash course in whatever the business may do and write a set of materials based around that, can be daunting and time-consuming. But in-company students tend to be demanding, and rightly so – they often pay premium rates for special treatment. That extra mile therefore often has to be travelled to keep them happy. One thing your DoS/Senior Teacher can do right now to help you out in such situations is to get hold of a copy of Grammar for Business. Read on →
Components reviewed: Student’s Book, CD (Teacher’s Book also available) Publisher: Cambridge University Press Author: Ian MacKenzie Summary: A very detailed, narrowly-focused look at the vocabulary of Financial English, with decently presented grammar explanations and a focus on functions. Read on →
Authors: David Grant and Robert McLarty Publisher: Oxford University Press Components reviewed: Student’s Book, multiROM
Summary:Business Basics (updated for the international workplace) is a communication-based, user-friendly, highly visual and attractive introduction to ‘the language of business’.
What is new/different about the materials The most obvious change in the latest edition of Business Basics is that it says that it has been ‘updated for the International marketplace.’ Although it does mention companies with an international profile, I feel many of the examples and situations are still rather North American in context; however this is likely to be useful for Read on →
Components: Book and integrated Audio CD for Classroom use or self-study Author: David King Publisher: DELTA Publishing
Summary: An excellent learner-centered resource for ESP learners at the Pre-Intermediate to Intermediate level.
Review: Part of the DELTA Business Communication Skills series, Meetings fills a definite niche by bringing all the language needed for various aspects of meetings into one resource, with a strong listening-speaking emphasis.
Well-organized and interesting material provides a solid foundation for the way people actually use English in meetings and a sturdy jumping-off platform for extension into role plays and real life. Using the book with in-company clients, I received great feedback from students who were pleased to report having immediately Read on →
Components reviewed: Course Book / Class CDs Publisher: Pearson-Longman Authors: David Cotton, David Falvey and Simon Kent
As I have also reviewed the Intermediate level of this course, in this review I want to focus on different points and initially look at two particular features of this new edition: the quotes and the vocabulary reference list. Read on →
Components reviewed: Course Book / Class CDs Authors: David Cotton, David Falvey and Simon Kent Publisher: Pearson Longman
Firstly, this isn’t a new text (New Edition first published in 2005) and although I won’t go so far as to call it ‘timeless’, it definitely warrants a review on TEFL.net. One thing is for sure: many teachers agree that Market Leader is a great book. But what makes it so? Read on →