on 29 August 2006
As an English teacher, I have been a big fan of the Check Your Vocabulary series since I first started using the excellent IELTS and FCE+ titles with my exam classes a few years ago. This latest addition to the series is very similar in style, with a comprehensive range of vocabulary relevant to the TOEIC, presented and practised by topic in a variety of lively and interesting (and in some cases very original) exercises. An answer key at the back provides further information on the target vocabulary, such as showing synonyms, explaining usage and warning about words which are often confused with those in the exercises. The book is better structured and far more user-friendly than many of the other established TOEIC vocabulary titles currently on the market, and it works equally well as a classroom teaching aid or as a student self-study workbook. My students particularly like the underlying strand of humour and irreverence which help to make an otherwise serious and 'dry' subject more fun (check out the dodgy airline catering company on page 13, the heavy metal group from hell on page 19 and the 'Smell-o-phone' on page 45, for example). Highly recommended for ELT teachers and students alike.