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The Man With The Golden Gun (Macmillan Readers Upper Level)
The Man With The Golden Gun (Macmillan Readers Upper Level)
by H Holwill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.90

5.0 out of 5 stars A Thilling Adventure in Language Teaching, 1 Mar 2014
Ian Fleming’s novel The Man with the Golden Gun is the twelfth of this kind in his James Bond series and was first published on April 1 1965. This book tells a thrilling story about a fictional British Secret Service commander and one of his daring missions. The agent widely known as 007, had been declared missing, presumed dead on a highly important ‘job’ in Japan. He was, then, found by the Russian KGB Secret Service tortured and brainwashed, before being returned to England to attempt to assassinate his superior M. After Bond’s failed attempt to shoot M, his fate is quickly decided by The Special Branch, the MI6, and he is given a seemingly impossible task to find and kill Francisco Scaramanga, a notorious gangster operating in the Caribbean. Francisco’s malevolent character earned him the titular name ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’.

The plot unravels a web of complex and fishy business deals by a group of gangsters, led by Scaramanga, and when they gather for a top-secret meeting in Jamaica, Bond made sure that he was hired by Scaramanga as his bodyguard. In this way, Bond would be able to stay very close to his target and would be able to carry out his mission. However, Bond’s clandestine identity is soon uncovered by Hendrix, a stark figure and one of the gangsters, and Bond’s death sentence is pronounced at the group’s meeting. Bond’s luck changes when he learns of the presence of two CIA undercover agents also working for Scaramanga, Felix Leiter and Nick Nicholson. It is they who assist Bond in killing the band of the five world’s finest criminals including Scaramanga on a train ride, an eerie sightseeing tour, organised as a disguise execution trip for Bond. The story line is packed with action, suspense and has a happy ending.

The 2013 Macmillan Readers’ edition of this novel edited and adapted for language learning, and retold by Helen Holwill, is an enjoyable read for all learners of English, even though it is aimed at the Upper Level, equal to B2 on the Common European Framework. The understanding of the text is aided by the Glossary of difficult words and Useful phrases, which are of colloquial and specialist origin. Other tools supporting the language acquisition and learning are: Extra grammar and vocabulary exercises, Notes about the story, Notes about the life of Ian Fleming, Points of Understanding comprehension questions and access to Free resources such as worksheets, tests and author data sheets at [...] readers.
This edition is also accompanied by three compact audio discs (CDs). The novel has been loosely adapted as a film in 1974, with Roger Moore playing Bond and Fleming’s cousin Christopher Lee playing Scaramanga.

The 2013 Macmillan edition of Fleming’s novel The Man with the Golden Gun and a variety of additional online resources offer a comprehensive range of teaching materials covering the linguistic aspects of lexical, grammar and communication skills needed for successful language comprehension and learning.

James Bond’s thrilling adventures, his unprecedented mastering of danger, fighting for what is right and good, his courageous and daring character lure the reader (the English language learner) into surrendering to want to retell his story, to describe the people, places and events that are entangled in his story. This is a refreshing application of a fictional character in language learning presented in paper and audio form. The combination of action, structure and follow-up of events as well as the mysterious persona of the hero is fortified in form of written exercises, multiple choice questions, vocabulary worksheets, listening and, last but not least, matching tasks such as True or False. Additional teaching methods could be creative story writing, news writing and reporting and exercises employing a combination of multidisciplinary activities from different subjects such as English, Geography, History and Economics.

The worldwide fascination with James Bond continues as his myth lives on in sensational film productions such as Casino Royale, which saw astronomical success in 2006 and most recently Skyfall in 2012. One of the brilliant adaptation attempts is the 2013 Macmillan edition of Ian Fleming’s novel The Man with the Golden Gun which deserves a wholehearted recommendation as a thrilling resource for English language teaching.

(c) Samira Murica. This review was first published in ELT News, Issue 69, Fall 2013 [...] Please observe the Copyrights.


Focus on Modern Business 4. Schülerbuch mit CD
Focus on Modern Business 4. Schülerbuch mit CD
by Claudia Zekl
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Foundation for Business Talk at B1 Level, 1 Mar 2014
Focus on Modern Business 4 and 5
Student's Course book ( with CD and Workbook)

This course book aimed at B1 learners of English at the Common European Framework stands out from its previous edition by an elaborate focus on business vocabulary and speaking skills. The information on conducting detailed research on the Internet, planning a presentation, working in a team and accessing and utilising the new media for learning and sharing knowledge are remarkable.

Note that this course book is used by learners of English who are German native speakers and are attending high schools in Austria, and are following the Austrian Education System Curriculum.


The Business 2.0. Intermediate. Student's Book with e-Workbook (DVD-ROM)
The Business 2.0. Intermediate. Student's Book with e-Workbook (DVD-ROM)
by Paul Emmerson
Edition: Perfect Paperback
Price: £27.02

5.0 out of 5 stars A Successful Merger of Business Studies and Business English, 1 Mar 2014
Authors: John Allison and Jeremy Townend with Paul Emmerson

Published by Macmillan

The Business 2.0 B2 UPPER INTERMEDIATE Student’s Book by John Allison and Jeremy Townend with Paul Emmerson is a course book for learners of business English with an already solid command of English. This book is aimed at learners who are attending a commercial, legal or management school, college or course. These learners already have a mastery of financial, business and management knowledge.

In terms of linguistic structure, the aspects of grammar, syntax building and expressing one’s own opinion is cleverly incorporated in a pool of interactive exercises and communication tasks. The learners are encouraged to try out role-play, organise a discussion on a topic relating to a business or a business situation and to work together in a team in order to prepare a case and present it in class.

The audio material is available on a Class Audio CD as well as individually in an e-Workbook which is a very practical language acquisition aid beneficial in many ways as learners can study the material on the go and record it on their mobile devices. Moreover, the progress of their pronunciation can be tracked, corrected and improved and it also allows for development of social media communication, for example, by enabling blogging, live blogging and posting informative videos online.

The Business 2.0 B2 UPPER INTERMEDIATE is a successful attempt to bring closer together the tough business world which demands structure and the soft skills imperative for even the slightest success for the many hopeful students of business studies around the globe. Acquiring first-class command of business English is one of the most powerful tools that any newcomer to the ever-increasingly competitive business world can have. While it is not immediately a guarantee of a prospective and lucrative job offer from one of the tier-one investment banks or leading accountancies or consulting firms, it surely can add to the increase in one’s level of self-esteem, courage to apply for the top jobs and self confidence during that all-important job interview.

This edition of the Student’s Book of business English overarches the majority of key business areas and expands on the learners’ already existing knowledge from their B1 studies. It is packed with business, finance and international trade information, which, combined with grammar exercises and sophisticated (and specialist) vocabulary, is likely to lead the student to achieving a remarkable command of business English. Adding modern technology study and communication tools, it is a fine study book recommended for business English students from all corners of the world.

© This review was first published by ELT News, Issue 69, Fall 2013. [...] Please observe their Copyrights.


Business 2.0 Student's Book Upper Intermediate Level
Business 2.0 Student's Book Upper Intermediate Level
by PaulEmmerson
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Business English Skills as a Passport for Navigating the International Marketplace, 1 Mar 2014
Authors: John Allison and Jeremy Townend with Paul Emmerson

Published by Macmillan

The Business 2.0 B2 UPPER INTERMEDIATE Student’s Book by John Allison and Jeremy Townend with Paul Emmerson is a course book for learners of business English with an already solid command of English. This book is aimed at learners who are attending a commercial, legal or management school, college or course. These learners already have a mastery of financial, business and management knowledge.

In terms of linguistic structure, the aspects of grammar, syntax building and expressing one’s own opinion is cleverly incorporated in a pool of interactive exercises and communication tasks. The learners are encouraged to try out role-play, organise a discussion on a topic relating to a business or a business situation and to work together in a team in order to prepare a case and present it in class.

The audio material is available on a Class Audio CD as well as individually in an e-Workbook which is a very practical language acquisition aid beneficial in many ways as learners can study the material on the go and record it on their mobile devices. Moreover, the progress of their pronunciation can be tracked, corrected and improved and it also allows for development of social media communication, for example, by enabling blogging, live blogging and posting informative videos online.

The Business 2.0: B2 UPPER INTERMEDIATE is a successful attempt to bring closer together the tough business world which demands structure and the soft skills imperative for even the slightest success for the many hopeful students of business studies around the globe. Acquiring first-class command of business English is one of the most powerful tools that any newcomer to the ever-increasingly competitive business world can have. While it is not immediately a guarantee of a prospective and lucrative job offer from one of the tier-one investment banks or leading accountancies or consulting firms, it surely can add to the increase in one’s level of self-esteem, courage to apply for the top jobs and self confidence during that all-important job interview.

This edition of the Student’s Book of business English overarches the majority of key business areas and expands on the learners’ already existing knowledge from their B1 studies. It is packed with business, finance and international trade information, which, combined with grammar exercises and sophisticated (and specialist) vocabulary, is likely to lead the student to achieving a remarkable command of business English. Adding modern technology study and communication tools, it is a fine study book recommended for business English students from all corners of the world.

© This review was first published in ELT News, Issue 69, Fall 2013. [...] Please observe their Copyrights.


Global Advanced: Coursebook
Global Advanced: Coursebook
by Lindsay Clandfield
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A global manual on the love of the English Language, 1 Mar 2014
Authors: Lindsay Clandfield and Amanda Jeffries
with additional material by Rebecca Robb Benne & Michael Vince

English Language as the Modern World’s Astrolabe

The Advanced Course book GLOBAL by Lindsay Clandfield and Amanda Jeffries, with additional material from Rebecca Robb Benne & Michael Vince is a textbook for adult learners of English at C1 level of Common European Framework. This is a level which is just below the C2, the native speaker’s one. As such, it demands from the start a good foundation of both the knowledge of English as well as the up-to-date understanding of key issues and trends in the world.

This book won the acclaimed HRH The Duke of Edinburgh ESU English Language Book Award in 2010. Its 2013 edition is a validation to its reputation and accolades. This edition is a beautiful, expansive, well-structured course book whose approach is embedded in contemporary life across the English speaking world hence making it truly global.

As expected, at this level, the course book focuses on fine-tuning learners’ core skills, motivating them to analyse and further explore information and issues in the information resources provided. Whilst Grammar Focus is still present, merely as an outline of the rules and exceptions, with gap-text exercises, the focus is on combination of the other three core language skills – namely listening, reading and speaking. The focus is possibly on the latter one, making a good foundation even better, through team – or project work/coursework activities where research and debate of topic takes place before the findings are presented in class.

Apart from the course book, GLOBAL offers a comprehensive range of additional digital components in its e Workbook that can be printed out as well as used anywhere with access to the Internet. The extra components include extended listening, video material and access to online practice. Once again, this is a great opportunity to employ learning materials in group work and multidisciplinary project learning.

The topics cover the ways in which digital technology has shaped the world and discusses new tools of communication such as (live) blogging and video conferencing. They uncover the issues of world poverty, child labour, economic and financial crises as well as employment issues, good and bad sides of multicultural society and the effects of climate change. As globalization implies global movement of goods, people and monetary funds, the skills trained through practice tasks and exercises prepare the learner with skills to move and work around the globe.

GLOBAL is a piece of well-researched and thought-through prose which reads like an artwork. The choice of colours, typesetting and imagery set in thick glossy jacket with premium printing quality is a preview of the content handed to the teachers and the students of English as a prized gift in which they can rejoice. The high quality of the content allows for cultural accessibility, while the appropriateness of topics and the choice gives this book remarkable gravitas .

The concept of English as the global (world) language as postulated by the British linguist David Crystal is depicted as a language that people have embraced across the centuries as their own, and have been moulding and (re)forming it by using it as a tool for their work, personal life as well as artistic expression. This book is the modern generations’ astrolabe to think, speak and act globally. This is truly fantastic instrument to embrace the world using one fine tool – the English language.

© This review was first published in ELT News, Issue 69, Fall 2013 [...] Please observe their Copyrights.


Global Pre-intermediate: Student Book
Global Pre-intermediate: Student Book
by Lindsay Clandfield
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.05

5.0 out of 5 stars Just like the English Language, this course book encircles and connects the world, 1 Mar 2014
Author: Lindsay Clandfield
with additional material from Amanda Jeffries

Macmillan 2013
Level A2 B1

The PRE-INTERMEDIATE course book GLOBAL by Lindsay Clandfield with additional material from Amanda Jeffries aimed at the A2 B1 Level of the Common European Framework is an equally admirable achievement as the same course book for the Advanced level learners. The Pre-intermediate edition deals with the transition of old to new in terms of modern lifestyle, attitude to education, work, health and communication. The content and the learning aims it sets demand a good grasp of the main aspect of English grammar, a wide vocabulary and high-level speaking skills.

The topics chosen here underline the issues of how the use of language has changed from paper, tapes and books to email, digital audio and video copies and to the Internet. In addition, the aspect of English as a global language is elaborated by David Crystal, who is an avid advocate of linguistic diversity which occurs as a result of its fusion with other languages.

The role of English as a tool for facilitating global movement of people, ideas and goods is introduced but not expanded in detail, which is justifiable and expected, considering the level of learners’ command of English (A2 – B1) at which this course book is aimed. The evident focus is on grammar and vocabulary, especially phrasal verbs and idiomatic expressions and phrases. Nonetheless, the combination of a glossy and high-quality print, vivid and colourful pictures and drawings and tables, demonstrates Clandfield’s and Jeffries’ fascination with the English language and is a testament to their enthusiasm for teaching it. At this level, perhaps adding a glossary of new and difficult words would be of help to students as well as incorporating it in the e Workbook – which is a study-software programme that can be installed on a computer and which students can use on the go and from anywhere. Students who love English will love this course book, too!

This reviews was first published in ELT News, Issue 69, Fall 2013 [...]


The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari
The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari
by Robin Sharma
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars "We are shaped and fashioned by what we love." (Goethe), 27 Feb 2014
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This is a fantastic book that I simply cannot describe how well it embroiders the thoughts, ideas and masterpieces of the world literary geniuses such as Confucius, Goethe, Blake and James to name a few; the voices of the greatest philanthropists, peace gurus and who have ever lived such as Gandhi, Mother Teresa and Churchill resonate through the book and its plot without even slightly sounding old and out of date. In this paradox, Sharma lays out his beliefs of the human needs for meaning, sense of belonging and being connected to a higher "order/energy/being".


Awaken the Giant within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Life
Awaken the Giant within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Life
by Anthony Robbins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

5.0 out of 5 stars If you are not happy, Anthony Robbins will tell you why!, 27 Feb 2014
The first time I started reading this book was in 2003, when it was given to me as a present by a friend in London. He knew Anthony Robbins in person and swore that it would "change my life"! Naturally, I was sceptical as I had always believed that my decisions were the reason behind any changes in my life. Besides, how can a book change anyone's life?!

However, upon reading, studying and applying the scientific research (psychology, economics, medicine...), the message of the book started ringing true to me. This message was/is that you can indeed access the dormant energies in your mind, brain, every cell in your body in order to "take immediate control of your mental, emotional, physical & financial destiny".

This book and Mr Robbins' philosophy are hugely motivational, inspirational and holistic in its approach. It will stay with you and you will probably wish to read many other books/ notes as well as attend one of his internationally acclaimed boot camps called UPW, in which you will get to do all sorts of 'impossible' things such as walk on burning coal, in order to "awaken the giant within"!


How to Win Friends and Influence People
How to Win Friends and Influence People
by Dale Carnegie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Wisdom, 25 Aug 2010
I have owned this book for some 10 years now and have read it and re-visited numerous times. In my opinion, Carnegie's message is to become a better person by taking into consideration other people's feelings and values and taking the high road, whatever the situation or the crisis may be.


The Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill
The Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill
by Dominique Enright
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Laugh!, 24 Aug 2010
People say that you can judge someone's intelligence by their sense of humour. If that were true and if we judged Winston Churchill's IQ solely on this book, then we would swiftly conclude that this person must have been a genious; this streak of genious shines throughout this book, which is a summary of his most humorous anecdotes and quotations. One of my favourite is 'I am a sporting man. I always like to give trains and aeroplanes a fair chance of getting away!' In that light, 'Sa fari, so goody...' I am wholeheartedly recommending this book...


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