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A Year In The Life Of An ESL Student: Idioms and Vocabulary You Can't Live Without Paperback – 28 Jun 2004

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A must for anyone who wishes to learn English, and will definitely
prove to be an invaluable learning aid. -- BookPleasures.com - May 22, 2005

An excellent resource for English as a Second Language classrooms
or self-study for students learning English
-- Midwest Book Review - February 8, 2006

This is a thorough guide that is sure to be a hit. -- BookReview.com - May 11, 2005

From the Author

After years of study, every student of English as a Second
Language invariably asks the following questions:

"Why can't I understand my English speaking friends once they start
chatting with one another?"

"Why did everyone else in the movie theater laugh at a particular line of
dialogue, but I didn't?"

"Why don't I feel like my English is improving anymore?"

Students often feel frustrated by their inability to understand 'English
outside of the classroom' despite having spent countless hours studying
endless grammar structures. The comprehension and usage of idioms becomes
crucial at this point in a student's English language development.

Learning idioms one by one and in isolation is an almost impossible
endeavor. Context is the key to making the daunting task of understanding
and using idiomatic English not only possible, but enjoyable too.

A Year In The Life Of An ESL Student gives a context to idioms by
presenting them in lively dialogues that revolve around the experiences
that international students actually have while studying English in North

This book makes an impression because it is written about and speaks
directly to the very people who are studying it. Students will recall the
language that is presented because it relates to their current learning
environment, and will continue to be relevant as long as they speak

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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful Vocabulary and Normal Conversations 29 April 2012
By Five Red Apples - Published on Amazon.com
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This review is for 'A Year in the Life of an ESL Student'. Inside are chapters dedicated to typical spoken vocabulary and idioms as well as normal-sounding conversations. Each chapter has the same type of exercises and material, each differentiated only by its individual vocabulary list. The most useful material in each chapter are the conversations, the dictionary definitions, the brief definitions, and the fill-in-the-blanks. The other stuff -- such as crossword puzzles -- are kinda lame. I'd say this book is for intermediate students. Beginning ESL students will simply have too much to look up as they go along to make this a non-frustrating book. Intermediate students will find themselves looking up more than the words in the vocabulary lists, but not so many that they will get frustrated and give up. As for advanced students, the benefits will be limited.

This is a handy book for one-on-one tutoring, as the tutor can correct pronunciation and teach intonation as they read the conversations with the student. It's also a great classroom text for vocabulary and idioms.

Again, what's great about this book is that 95% of the vocabulary is common stuff, not college words, esoteric words, or antiquated expressions which ESL students will likely never encounter or use. The book provides examples of what English typically sounds like when spoken. I used this for only one week, as part of a class covering everything from grammar to vocabulary, and the students liked it. I had two of them ask me the title so they could purchase one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars avoid struggling while you are learning by using this item. 1 Jun. 2011
By Fatimah - Published on Amazon.com
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I could not put this book down until I fell asleep. it is an amazing one and I really liked it very much so that I would recommend it to English learners for many reasons. First, you will read two pages focus on one popular subject. then, while you are reading you will counter new words or phrasal verbs or sentences that people use to represent specific meaning maybe the words together could not reflect that meaning obviously. second, in the next pages you can read the definition for the words that were in bold in your previous reading and of course with indicating to their parts of speech. third, you will be able to use that words through many exercises, now remember that you have read the definition so you should able to match the word to its definition. fourth, you can use the same important words by filling the blanks with the best word related to the sentence so you read the word in context which give you concentrated impact about its meaning.

However,there are 7 exercises that you can decide to do all of them or pick up what you feel is better for you. furthermore, there are comprehension and discussion questions. remember the subjects that this book interviews are important for you if you look for english for daily life- away from academic purpose-. Actually, even english for daily life help in academic purpose in some ways. so,if you feel that you need to understand spoken english this will be the best choice for that goal. However, I appreciate the way that I had could to memorize the words it was unconsciously which saved my effort and time. I found the most important thing about learning in this book which is enjoyment and pleasure.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Source for Advanced ESL Students 26 Feb. 2011
By C. E. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been teaching advanced ESL adult sudents for ten years and this is the best Idiom source I've found yet! Each chapter provides an excellent variety of excercises to choose from and it is challenging enough to be interesting to very bright adult students! (Most of the Idiom books encounterd in the past have seemed rather simplistic for advanced adult students!) I highly recommend it for this level class, but it could certainly be adjusted for use with high intermediates as well!

C Wilson
Tallahassee, FL
4.0 out of 5 stars It has a lot of practice exercises which are fun. 23 Jan. 2017
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I am a ESL tutor and have used this book with my high intermediate students. It has a lot of practice exercises which are fun.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More vocabulary than conversation 2 April 2012
By Gaston Bacquet - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me start by saying that this is a vocabulary-teaching textbook and not a conversation textbook. Each unit has a long dialogue filled with idiomatic expressions, followed by a series of activities and lexical exercises, not by a discussion.
That being said, I honestly can't recommned this book to anyone who's looking for an ESL conversation textbook. The language presented here is useful, but there's so much of it cramped in one 2-minute conversation that its use seems contrived and forced. No native speaker would ever speak the way the guys in the book do. In real life, idioms are used in context and sparingly, here you are bombarded by them in a way that's completely unrealistic.
This means that each lesson requires very careful planning and editing to make it work . In fact, since I bought the book I've used it only once because of the sheer amount of time it took me to prepare a coherent lesson. And that after carefully reading through it to se what I could use.
Additionally, most of the scenarios given assume your student(s) is/are either living or planning to live or study in the US, which is not case with mine. What this translates into is that several units simply can't be used in class because the context is totally inapplicable.
Along with this book, I bought "Compelling conversations", by Eric H. Roth. If you want a book that will get your students talking, that's one book I'd recommend, hands down. This one, well....You need to know what you're getting into. Don't be fooled by so many good reviews. I understant people liking it, but it's not designed for ESL conversation classes
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