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by gec
20 Jul 2009, 10:45
Forum: Grammar & Usage
Topic: Which
Replies: 2
Views: 3638

Re: Which

I appreciate that this is a very old question, and probably doesn't require an answer anymore, but anyway: The issue is with the comma. If there is no comma, then you have a defining clause and 'which' refers clearly to the hotel or the exam - the hotel/exam was really nice/surprising. The 'which' p...
by gec
07 Jul 2009, 14:26
Forum: Business English
Topic: Summertown's 'Success with BEC' textbook series
Replies: 3
Views: 11515

Re: Summertown's 'Success with BEC' textbook series

And from John Hughes, the author of Success with BEC Vantage: "If I understand your situation correctly, you are preparing students on a relatively intensive program. In which case I'm afraid I have to give you the 'obvious answer' of making selective use in order to go faster and this is what other...
by gec
07 Jul 2009, 06:51
Forum: Business English
Topic: Summertown's 'Success with BEC' textbook series
Replies: 3
Views: 11515

Re: Summertown's 'Success with BEC' textbook series

There is a lot of material in the books and I'm glad that we erred that way, rather than put in too little, although I'm sorry it has left you with this conundrum. For me three things are essential: 1) that students understand exactly what is expected of them in the exam. This means class time must ...
by gec
07 Jul 2009, 06:50
Forum: Business English
Topic: Summertown's 'Success with BEC' textbook series
Replies: 3
Views: 11515

Re: Summertown's 'Success with BEC' textbook series

I contacted the publisher yesterday, who in turn very kindly contacted two of the authors - who equally kindly gave me their time and well considered views. I've reproduced them below in case anyone else might benefit from them...
by gec
06 Jul 2009, 13:59
Forum: Business English
Topic: Pay scale for business English
Replies: 6
Views: 17014

Re: Pay scale for business English

It depends on the region where you want to go. One of my friend is earning 40,000. mostly it ranges from 40K - 55K. Is that British Pounds, US Dollars, euros, Thai Baht, Zimbabwe Dollars??? There are a lot of Business English teachers (myself included) who would be very interested to know where the...
by gec
06 Jul 2009, 12:01
Forum: Business English
Topic: Summertown's 'Success with BEC' textbook series
Replies: 3
Views: 11515

Summertown's 'Success with BEC' textbook series

I am preparing to teach both Vantage and Higher from September using the 'Success with BEC' series of textbooks, having previously taught with the 'Pass...' series from Summertown. I have twenty-six 135 minute lessons. Having planned the first few units for Vantage, I can see that the Business Topic...
by gec
20 Mar 2009, 21:43
Forum: Games & Activities
Topic: Toilet paper ice-breaker
Replies: 3
Views: 13072

Re: Toilet paper ice-breaker

Great, thanks for the ideas, saulpope - and indeed the warning.
by gec
07 Mar 2009, 12:25
Forum: Business English
Topic: Help: Business English Textbooks
Replies: 4
Views: 16797

Re: Help: Business English Textbooks

I really like International Express Elementary. I haven't seen the other International Express books, but this is really enjoyable to use, has a good focus on skills such as telephoning, and emailing, and deals with grammar very well. The workbook is also excellent, giving plenty of practice to stud...
by gec
04 Mar 2009, 15:51
Forum: Games & Activities
Topic: Toilet paper ice-breaker
Replies: 3
Views: 13072

Toilet paper ice-breaker

This is an ice-breaker idea that I found on the Internet. I think that it has potential but that the resulting task doesn't make good enough use out of the 'material'. Does anyone have any ideas to improve it? " Toilet Paper Icebreaker Level: Any Level This activity is used as a "getting to know you...
by gec
04 Mar 2009, 11:21
Forum: Grammar & Usage
Topic: Celta Pre Interview Task
Replies: 6
Views: 11380

Re: Celta Pre Interview Task

Past Perfect Simple: I'd just finished work. Should be I have just finished work. If there had been a compulsory pre-task for my course, I would have failed and not gone. Actually the OP is correct here and not SunShine :oops: - "I'd just finished work" IS the past perfect simple (had + past partic...
by gec
04 Mar 2009, 11:09
Forum: Grammar & Usage
Topic: Celta Pre Interview Task
Replies: 6
Views: 11380

Re: Celta Pre Interview Task

BTW: Since when was there ever a ' pre CELTA' interview? Check that the organisation is genuinely authorised by Cambridge to dispense their course.. I believe that there is ALWAYS a pre-course interview. The worst thing possible is that someone completely inappropriate starts the course and drops o...