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Review ~ Email English
Reviewed Jun 2013 by Adam Simpson
Email English

Email English

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.
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Review ~ Business Advantage
Reviewed Apr 2013 by Clare Welch

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.
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Review ~ English for Work and the Workplace
Reviewed Apr 2013 by Carmela Chateau

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.
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Review ~ Managing Projects
Reviewed Mar 2013 by Jamie Lesley

managing-projectsPublished 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
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Review ~ International Negotiations
Reviewed Feb 2013 by Rory Banwell
International Negotiations

International Negotiations

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.
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Review ~ Management Lessons for learners of English
Reviewed Jun 2012 by Stephen Case
Management Lessons for learners of English

Management Lessons for learners of English

Management Lessons for learners of English by Paul Emmerson is a book squarely aimed at upper-level, professional, business-focused students. A lot of the book wouldn’t be out of place on an MBA. Because of this it may seem daunting at first. However, students with the right background and experience in management will find the topics a stimulating springboard into discussion-based classes. Other students, indeed anyone who has ever had a job, will be able to relate to the other work issues. Either way, despite its management focus, this supplementary book has something for everyone.

The teacher’s book is extensive. It has 50 topic-based units divided into 10 categories. Each unit starts with a reading followed by a section focusing on vocabulary. This is followed by a set of discussion questions. Finally, there is a follow up section meant for self-study after class.
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Review ~ Meetings in English
Reviewed Sep 2011 by James Taylor
Meetings in English

Meetings in English

Meetings in English, published by Macmillan, is written by Bryan Stephens. In its own words, it “focuses on the skills and techniques to help gain confidence and build strategies for successful meetings in English.”

The book is divided into 20 short units, each dealing with a particular aspect of giving and participating in meetings. Each unit is divided into four sections: ‘Background’ (relevant cultural and company information), ‘Skills’ (with an emphasis on listening and speaking), ‘Further practice’ (activities in grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary) and ‘Over to you’ (more speaking practice). It is also backed up by an optional activity at the back of the book for each unit, predominantly concentrating on more in-depth roleplays or writing activities. There is also an answer key for all exercises.

To its credit, the book is designed to be adaptable. Units can be rearranged and dropped completely, depending on the particular needs of the students, without any disruption to the flow of lessons. This is also true of the exercises within the unit and the optional activities.
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Review ~ The Business English Teacher
Reviewed Apr 2011 by Jesús García Laborda
The Business English Teacher

The Business English Teacher

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
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Review ~ Business Vocabulary in Use Intermediate
Reviewed Jan 2011 by Clare Welch
Business Vocabulary in Use

Business Vocabulary in Use

I’m a fan of this series and the 2nd edition of this Intermediate level Business English vocabulary book provides clear explanations and practice exercises, which I feel are ideal for supplementary class materials or further self- study practice.

The book is clearly laid out with 66 Units practising different aspects of business vocabulary. There are 44 thematic lessons structured around the following main areas: Jobs, people and organisations; Production; Marketing; Money; Finance and the economy; Culture; and Business Ethics (the last two both being very brief sections). The other 20 Units are used for introducing skills practice including communication via telephone, fax and email, as well as more general business skills such as negotiations, meetings and presentations. The book has a reasonable amount of visual appeal and certainly offers a professional feel, which is important to attract the target audience.
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Review ~ Grammar for Business
Reviewed Dec 2010 by Saul Pope
Grammar for Business

Grammar for Business

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.
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Review ~ The Business Advanced
Reviewed May 2009 by Kaithe Greene

Publisher: Macmillan
Authors:
John Allison et al
Components reviewed:
Student’s Book, DVD-ROM and online components

This is a smart and well presented, thoroughly modern Business English course book which addresses all the difficult and dubious issues of BE at advanced level with accuracy and
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English for the Financial Sector
Reviewed Mar 2009 by Nicholas Whitley

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.
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Business Basics International Edition
Reviewed Feb 2009 by Karen Thomas

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’.

Review:

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
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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
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Market Leader Pre-Intermediate New Edition
Reviewed Nov 2008 by Dave Allen

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.
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Market Leader Intermediate New Edition
Reviewed Nov 2008 by Dave Allen

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?
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