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Academic Vocabulary in Use with Answers
Academic Vocabulary in Use with Answers
by Michael McCarthy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.93

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A deal but not quite real, 4 Jan. 2013
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The topics are useful reminders of what Academic English encompasses (vocabulary, presentations, presentation of evidence/doubt, etc.) and much of the vocabulary is useful. However, many of the exercises follow formats (right/wrong, fill in the blanks/boxes) that the intended users should have outgrown long ago.

Many of the functions taken up in the chapters could best be practiced by analyzing authentic text excerpts (as suggested by "in use"), for example in terms of moves. The exercises and formats for them seem to have been chosen with classroom teaching (nice little exercises and answer keys) rather than learning (branching out to think and write academically) in mind.

One example of a poorly thought-out "exercise for the sake of an exercise" is a "Match the beginning and end of the sentence" exercise with five items where only two of the combinations are even grammatically correct.

All in all, the book is a useful starting for exploring Academic English and it should help teachers and students structure that exploration.

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