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A useful book but with a serious shortcoming
on 14 June 2012
ESOL Activities Entry 3 has much to recommend it. However, there is a significant omission in its treatment of religious festivals in the UK. While Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist festivals are included in the student worksheet (14B), Christian festivals are not. Christian students from Africa and Eastern Europe and elsewhere are bemused that their religion is not acknowledged. Given that Christianity is the professed religion of the majority of the UK population and that it is this heritage that underpins the history and culture of Great Britain, such an omission would disadvantage any student wishing to understand UK society. This book claims that it is ideal for students living in the UK and /or for taking the Citizenship test, but I would suggest that this particular worksheet should not be used unless it is supplemented by extra input from the teacher. Students may be confused or misled by the unbalanced information it presents.
A serious shortcoming in a book otherwise useful for a mixed class of Asylum Seekers, East Europeans and long term residents.