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5.0 out of 5 stars good!
I bought in order to prepared myself to the IELTS exam, the book is good quality and it included the CD
Published 15 months ago by Maria Paz Ramirez

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2.0 out of 5 stars for higher levels only
EFL teachers considering basing an IELTS preparation course on this book should be warned that it is suitable only for mature students at the higher end of the range. It could be useful for getting students, say, from IELTS 6.5 to 8 or 9. Below that, it will be off the scale for most students' ZPD.

Nowhere in either the student's or the teacher's book, nor in...
Published on 28 Oct 2009 by johnwhoever


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2.0 out of 5 stars for higher levels only, 28 Oct 2009
This review is from: IELTS Masterclass:: Student's Book with MultiROM: Preparation for students who require IELTS for academic purposes. (Paperback)
EFL teachers considering basing an IELTS preparation course on this book should be warned that it is suitable only for mature students at the higher end of the range. It could be useful for getting students, say, from IELTS 6.5 to 8 or 9. Below that, it will be off the scale for most students' ZPD.

Nowhere in either the student's or the teacher's book, nor in any publicity materials I have seen, is it suggested that the book is intended for higher levels only. Though to be fair, the word 'Masterclass' does give a hint.

In the opening unit, students are faced with the nice easy starter question 'What is culture?', preceded by a short listening exercise with a high and mostly irrelevant vocabulary load (eg. spicy pickle, llama, hoof, wishbone, dung). No pre-teaching is suggested. This level of difficulty sets the tone for the whole book, and is particularly problematic in the reading texts; in the first few units, students are expected to get to grips with installation art, as well as the neurochemical ins and outs of the placebo effect. Very little scaffolding is provided for the discussions the students are expected to have around these issues, so teachers will find themselves falling back on their own existing materials and ingenuity. Nor is much provided in the way of grammar practice (but then that's IELTS for you). The accompanying teacher's book is little more than an answer key.

On the (rather thin) plus side, the texts and carrier topics have a good, challenging contemporary feel, which will stimulate the brightest of the students. The importance of self-study is emphasized on the 'Help Yourself' pages, which are supplemented by a 'Multi-Rom'. (Incidentally, the same Multi-Rom materials are available free of charge from the OUP website.) The snappy artwork and high production values contribute to the overall favourable initial impression - it obviously worked on the purchasing department at the college where I teach! I haven't spotted any typos or obvious wrong answers yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good!, 2 May 2013
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This review is from: IELTS Masterclass:: Student's Book with MultiROM: Preparation for students who require IELTS for academic purposes. (Paperback)
I bought in order to prepared myself to the IELTS exam, the book is good quality and it included the CD
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4.0 out of 5 stars TW, 30 Oct 2012
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I DID NOT PASS THE IELTS EXAM BECAUSE I CHANGED MY MIND HOWEVER I USED IT FOR MY GCSE ENGLISH EXAM AND GOT A B SO VERY USELFUL
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