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Favourite English textbook (to learn/teach from)?


slick578 11 | 16
17 Dec 2010 #1
what are peoples favourite English textbooks to either learn or teach from? We all must have some sentimental preferences. Personally, mine is Headway as it was the first textbook I ever used in a classroom but to be honest, now I think there are better on the market.

doyouspeakpolish has just started a poll on the matter
doyouspeakpolish.blogspot.com

offering six or so choices, but I thought a thread here might be better way to find out, maybe some unheard of textbooks might appear?

any opinions?
Richfilth 6 | 415
17 Dec 2010 #2
Most textbooks are designed for use by a teacher, giving a class to a group. Therefore, as self study books they are essentially useless as very few present the grammar in any sense, or provide any vocabulary explanation, and are filled with practise exercises that require a partner or a CD Player.

Having said that, Headway Advanced (the one that's now five years old) has proved a lifesaver and has some great pages that work out as "instant lessons", or can be customised into hundreds of explanations. FCE Expert has some excellent exercises in it, and for a reference book and for giving vocabulary exercises, Macmillan Publishings book "CPE Use Of English 1" is absolutely superb. Those three books know my photocopier intimately.
OP slick578 11 | 16
17 Dec 2010 #3
I agree about Headway Advanced, it's probably the best in the series. I've never tried FCE expert so i'll give it a try.

I wanted students opinions not on textbooks as self study books but as books they have experience with in class. Many of my students for example love English file series but I'm not so sure that's my fave to teach from.
Harry
17 Dec 2010 #4
I used to like Market Leader back when I taught more than every now and again.
OP slick578 11 | 16
17 Dec 2010 #5
Market leader is too over used and pretty out much out of date, in fact, when it was new it felt out of date, lol

but I guess to teach from it's easy and if students like it I suppose it could be a winner. Business Result is a textbook creeping into most schools now. I have no opinion about it but it definitely has a better look
Richfilth 6 | 415
17 Dec 2010 #6
The trouble with all business books is the topics they choose. If you're doing a business class with some Sales managers, why are they going to need chapters on how to have a job interview AND marketing AND human resources AND customer support? And when are secretaries going to want negotiation practice? Each person in the group might find one unit interesting, but that just means all the other students are bored of the topic, every single class. Business books try to be all things to everyone, and that is their failing; business doesn't work like that.

There's a distinct lack of ESP Business books; a book that covers ALL aspects of Human resources (interviews, CVs, Health and Safety, Corporate Culture) or one that ONLY deals with Marketing and Sales and explores those areas thoroughly.

I normally use the Ian McKenzie Book "English for Business Studies" which is really dull but has a hell of a lot of useful vocabulary and ideas in it; much more so that any business coursebook, including Market Leader.
delphiandomine 85 | 18,254
17 Dec 2010 #7
Macmillan Publishings book "CPE Use Of English 1" is absolutely superb.

Thanks - I need a new CPE book with a class of mine. They started off originally using CPE Gold, but it's so mindblowingly dull!

Many of my students for example love English file series but I'm not so sure that's my fave to teach from.

I like the way it's done, but some of it is rather poor in my opinion.

There's a distinct lack of ESP Business books; a book that covers ALL aspects of Human resources (interviews, CVs, Health and Safety, Corporate Culture) or one that ONLY deals with Marketing and Sales and explores those areas thoroughly.

I totally, completely agree with you. I found one good book - it's called English for Promotion, written specifically for the Polish market. It's a bit dated now (it mentions Ireland being a success story) - but as a book which focuses on business promotion through sales, advertising, etc - it's rather good. It's also quite clever in the way that it introduces general business vocabulary while being about one topic in particular.

One huge problem with Business ESP books in general is that what's relevant to the UK/US sometimes just isn't relevant here at all. I'm fond of a book called Business Handbook (Advanced) though - it goes into a decent amount of detail and has fairly interesting exercises.
Alanalan
18 Dec 2010 #8
To be honest, all textbooks will be a comprimise in terms of the subject material that students want to study. For business textbooks I use Business Result - It's new and thoughtfully planned.

interesting, English file seems to be the most popular book on the original blog poll, and I agree.


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