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    A coursebook in English

    I want to write an officially edited coursebook for Russian students with an audio course, so I want to create (adapt from the mass media or just invent) some academic texts and then I need to cooperate (corrected) with a native English speaking teacher to create an audio for the coursebook. I am just a tutor at university and I have no idea how it could be possible. Now it seems to be very unrealistic, but it's a dream. Could you give some advice as to what I should start with and where I should try to address.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 29-Apr-2017 at 06:55.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: A coursebook in English

    What's the book going to be about?

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    Re: A coursebook in English

    You might be able to use authentic texts if you clear them with the copyright owners.

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    Re: A coursebook in English

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    I want to write an officially edited coursebook for Russian students with an audio course, so I want to create (adapt from the mass media or just invent) some academic texts and then I need to cooppperate with a native English speaking teacher to create an audio for the coursebook. I am just a tutor at university and I have no idea how it could be possible. Now it seems to be very unrealistic, but it's a dream. Could you give some advice as to what I should start with and where I should try to address.

    You got a bit over-excited with the letter "p" there!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A coursebook in English

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    What's the book going to be about?
    It's going to be a coursebook with grammar and phonetic rules as well as texts on various topics (like Family, Appearance, Character, Studying at University). It's intended for students of English as the second foreign language.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 14-May-2017 at 08:43.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: A coursebook in English

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You got a bit over-excited with the letter "p" there!
    Yes, and, coincidentally, it's the key word in my message.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: A coursebook in English

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    You might be able to use authentic texts if you clear them with the copyright owners.
    That's why I call it unrealistic. I have no idea how to talk it over with copywright owners. It seems an easier (and a bit more realistic) task to find a native English speaking teacher who would agree to help create these texts, so that there were absolutely new texts, not somebody's property. I remember when we had some native speakers come around to our university when I was a student, our dean always asked them to make a recording on various topics, e. g. to talk about their or their friends' families, their homes etc. We used this material for listening practice and I still remember a lot from these texts, because they were so authentic and so natural, even better than academic texts in regular coursebooks.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: A coursebook in English

    It certainly depends on the texts but usually it is not that difficult to talk to the owners. Find a text that you like, look at the authors' names and see if there is an email address, phone number or anyway to contact their owners or the publication. Good publications almost certainly have ways to contact them.

    If you want to develop an authentic and unique coursebook, you need to hire a native speaker to do the work. You could air your advertisements on Craigslist. You could go on English forums asking for help. These days you can use email and Skype so communications across the Atlantic have never been easier. Remember though you need to pay people to do the recordings or writings. There are a lot of English teachers in America who would be happy to help but do not expect them to work for free. Ask them how much they want for their work and how much work they would want to take on.

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    Re: A coursebook in English

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    It seems an easier (and a bit more realistic) task to find a native English speaking teacher who would agree to help create these texts, so that there were absolutely new texts, not somebody's property.
    Texts taken from published books, newspapers, magazines, etc, are, in my opinion, far better for learners than materials artificially prepared. Recent published material is what native speakers read, and what learners need to become familiar with. It is authentic.

    When I contributed to a couple of course books (1973 and 1993), all the texts used were take directly, or slightly adapted from recently published materials. The holders of the copyright were happy to allow their material be used for educational purposes provided that acknowledgement was given to the authors and publishers. Publishers of educational books have people on their staff experienced in arranging this.
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    Re: A coursebook in English

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    I want to write an officially edited coursebook for Russian students with an audio course, so I want to create (adapt from the mass media or just invent) some academic texts and then I need to cooperate (corrected) with a native English speaking teacher to create an audio for the coursebook. I am just a tutor at university and I have no idea how it could be possible. Now it seems to be very unrealistic, but it's a dream. Could you give some advice as to what I should start with and where I should try to address.
    Hi. I'm setting up a small ESL Moodle site for my Spanish students so would be happy to record a few audios if I could use them as well. I was thinking of just getting friends to assist, thus a range of different voices. Hopefully I could get good enough quality using a conference facility but if not I'd record them when I'm back in blightie (every 3 months). As for authentic I was thinking of doing interviews about the helpers real lives so semi-authentic. Obviously some scripting would be needed to get the content right. And then as Piscean suggests further truly authentic material cold be added to complete the picture.

    Maybe if you accrued a few volunteers and tested on-line recording it may be surprising what can be done. After all it only takes a few minutes once set up.

    I'm from southern England, male and 64. I offer that as I guess you'll need a mix of ages, accents, sex.

    any one else got an hour or so to help?

    Cheers and good luck with it.

    Nigel



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