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Content let down by poor layout
on 5 December 2014
Overall I have very mixed feelings about this book
There are many exercises and the explanations are on the whole very good. So the content is fine.
Wish the layout was on a two page spread, but exercises finish halfway down another page. I teach EFL and wish I could find grammar books of the same quality for learning other languages as there are for learning English.
Take Raymond Murphy's Essential English grammar, for example, its a fantastic book for learners. The grammar points are split into chunks with one unit covering a two page spread, easy for learners to refer to when they are doing the exercises. The explanation with pictures in colour would be on page 2, and the exercises are on page 3. There's no looking halfway down another page to find the explanation or going back to the first chapter.
So far I've yet to find anything comparable to what is on the EFL market, I understand English is the most widely learned language but surely French is extremely popular, worthy of better quality books?
In order to improve this book, I would split the chapters into smaller segments (easier to digest and remember) and have the exercises only on one page, with the explanation on the same spread, therefore no turning pages to try and find what the explanation is. No exercises finishing halfway down another page. This is even more important when it comes to people with specific learning disabilities (dyslexia) etc.. layout is extremely important and the layout of all this series is a real downfall to what would otherwise be a 5 star book.
If the publishers could afford it, colour would be a welcome addition. Again, essential for those with learning disabilities but also useful to everyone else. When everyone wants to learn things in the fastest time possible, things like layout and colour are actually very important and can mean the difference between learning a point in half an hour or a week.