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Arrived 24 hours later than promised
on 12 September 2012
I taught a 3 week IELTS preparation course at a university during the summer. On my students' behalf, I put in a bulk order for the textbook, which Amazon promised to deliver the next day. Despite the incoming email to say they were on their way, the books arrived 24 hours later than promised, leaving me with last-minute photo-copying and disappointed students.
The book claimed to be ideal for a short, intensive course, which mine was. However, the reading preambles bored the ss and there just weren't enough RP writing exercises.I had to provide quite a bit of groundwork myself for Writing Tasks 1+2, otherwise the ss wouldn't have been adequately prepared for the exam. On the other hand, the speaking and listening input was focused, if light on Listening Section 4.
On the whole, the textbook seemed stodgy. It did provide an organisational skeleton, but its input on skills turned out not to be meaty enough, leaving me with masses to do, besides the usual!