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    Question Teaching English - Books and Materials Recommendation

    Hello everyone.

    This is my first post here, it looks like a nice place - it`s good to see that there are forums with this kind of ... character :)

    I was wondering if someone could recommend some books and materials that are contemporary to the nowadays standards (full sets of Student`s Books, Workbooks, CD`s and maybe DVD`s) for courses for all kinds of levels - elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper-intermediate, etc.

    Maybe something like "New English File" or "New Headway"...

    I am thinking about opening an English Language School, so if you have any recommendations about what books and materials I could use, please let me know, I would highly appreciate it.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Teaching English - Books and Materials Recommendation

    Still not one single answer??? :)

    Come on guys, what books do you use to teach?

    (sorry for the doublepost)

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    Re: Teaching English - Books and Materials Recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by began View Post
    Still not one single answer??? :)

    Come on guys, what books do you use to teach?

    (sorry for the doublepost)
    I donít select the books. Thatís the coordinatorís job. Iíve been working with ĎAdventuresí Elementary and Pre-intermediate levels and New English File for all levels. Iíd recommend the first one for adolescents. They enjoy the activities and never get bored. I use the second one with students age 16 + .

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    Re: Teaching English - Books and Materials Recommendation

    Thank you for your answers.

    I am using New English File for students above 16 too. I cannot compare them with anything else realy, since I`m still a beginner in teaching. But from my point of view I think they are OK.

    As for the "Adventures" - thank you for your suggestion, I`ll check it out.

    I was looking through some Longman books like "Parade"... I`m not sure if that is the best choice for elementary school children.... I`m still doing some sort of research. Thanks again for your answers - if anyone else is willing to share their experience - you can do it in this topic, I think it would make an interesting and useful survey.

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    Re: Teaching English - Books and Materials Recommendation

    'Welcome' for primary and 'Click On' for secondary school by Express Publishing. They contain a Students' Book, a Work Book, 2 profound Teachers' Books both for SB and WB, a set of flashcards, CDs, set of DVD together with a DVD-workbook. Each unit deals with the four skills and provides lots of language practice.

    'New Opportunities' by Longman also have a full set of books and cds/dvds and could be used for older teens and young adults.

    You can get more information on their sites.

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    Re: Teaching English - Books and Materials Recommendation

    Hi there,

    Text books are a good idea to serve as a foundation for the teacher. The problem starts when teachers ONLY use the textbook - generally lessons become quite boring!

    Once you have found your textbook think about adding extra resources to your library for teachers to make lessons much more lively and interactive. The problem with textbooks is usually one reads a passage, and then answers questions about it. Or you listen to something and answer questions about it. It's rarely fun or particularly motivating.

    I specialise in brilliant resources for teaching kids, and especially preschool, but if your school is for adults then I do have one relevant book: 194 Fun Activities for Teens and Adults. That can be used alongside any textbook to liven things up and give the students more of a chance to practise English actively. Importantly there are plenty of speaking tasks in there where joining in is not optional, so your shy or quiet students will not be left out.

    You are welcome to try out the free ones that you may receive by email.

    ESL Games and Activities for adults

    Kind regards
    Shelley

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