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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Education (7 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405080035
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405080033
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've been travelling the world working in ELT since 1965 when I started my first ever job, believe it or not, as a teacher trainer at the Advanced Teacher Training College in Owerri, Eastern Nigeria. I was a volunteer then, having told Voluntary Service Overseas that I was happy to do anything except teaching and to go anywhere except Africa. As it was I fell in love both with teaching and with Africa. After a sort of training at the Institute of Education in London and a stint as a teacher attempting to enthuse mainly reluctant teenagers about English literature at the school in Liverpool which John Lennon had recently been expelled from I returned to Africa. This time I went as a teacher to Mankoya Secondary School in Zambia. Altogether I spent eight years in Zambia as a teacher, curriculum specialist, teacher trainer and football coach of Kabwe Warriors. After that I worked as a Director of Studies at a school in Cambridge and at the Bell College in Saffron Walden as well as working as a teacher, teacher trainer and university academic in Vanuatu, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Luton, Leeds and Oman. I also did an MA in ESL at the University College of North Wales and a PhD at the University of Nottingham. Now I'm a visiting Professor at Leeds Metropolitan University and a TESOL Professor at Anaheim University and I've been the Founder and Chair/President of MATSDA (the Materials Development Association) since 1993.

Altogether I've given presentations to teachers and academics in nearly seventy countries and I've published almost one hundred books, chapters and articles on aspects of ELT (including Superbird at Level 2 of the Cambridge English Readers). Now I live in Southport, where I enjoy walking our Langkawi dogs on the beach and from where I travel to Anfield to watch my beloved Liverpool FC and to the rest of the world to give lectures and run workshops. I'm also writing a semi-fictional account of my life called In Two Minds.

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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By days on 26 May 2012
Format: Paperback
I hate this book. It has 57 pages of exercises and tasks. The answers and discussions are at the back of the book. The questions, which are contained throughout the first 57 pages, are NOT rewritten along-with-the-answers. This means that you have to remember each question, then look at the back of the book to check. The questions are not short, for example:

Comment on this statement: "I'm an Englishman and I'm proud of our great and ancient language. We must fight against these modern colloquialisms and the corruption of our language by vulgar Americanisms. Let's keep our language pure."

The 'answer' is on page 58, without the question being repeated.

Another example: "People who speak such varieties of English as Nigerian English, Jamaican English and Malaysian English should be taught to use Standard English at all times."

The answer is on page 59 and it says: "Such people need to be able to use the variety appropriate to the situation in which they are communicating (e.g. Nigerian English in informal situations in Nigeria but Standard English at international conferences)."

What do the authors mean by "such people"? It has negative connotations and is impolite. The use of the phrase "international conferences" is absurd. How many people go to 'international conferences'?

This book is extremely impractical, unless one is an academic with one's head in the stratosphere with no real-life cares and countless hours to while away trying to work out where the answers are, remembering the questions and adapting the answers into the 21st century mode of communication. I bought it because it was prescribed, but I can't wait to burn it. It's a waste of money and time.
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0 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Always being the best 26 Feb 2001
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English has been the worst language during my teens. Nevertheless, it has bring live to me after high-school whereby I have to get good grades to enter college and also to write good letters to my family members who are far apart.
Well, I got good grades and managed to enter college. Now I have to teach English to my ex-housemate from the very beginning.
Therefore, categoring books as the 5 stars being the best that shows the book(s) has achieved its conditions from the public.
"THE BEST IS ALWAYS THE BEST"
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