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Textbook Recommendations - Low Beginning


 
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Interchange Fourth Edition is a fully revised edition of Interchange, the world's most successful series for adult and young-adult learners of North American English. The course has been revised to reflect the most recent approaches to language teaching and learning.
 
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The English KnowHow series draws upon the experience, opinions, and aims that students bring to class and provides them with balanced coverage of all four skills.
 
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 Sarah Cunningham; Peter Moor (Author)
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First Impact! (Coursebook by Rod Ellis, Marc Helgesen, Charles Browne, Greta Gorsuch and Jerome Schwab
  
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Nice Talking with You is a two-level oral communication series designed to get students talking. Nice Talking with You Level 1 is designed for false beginner students. It contains 12 topic-based units and two review units. Topics include Shopping, Music, Travel, Free time, and Work.
 
Paperback from $6.94 

English Is Fun: An Esol Program for Beginners Paperback – June, 2001
by Gail Stein
     
 
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Speak Up is a comprehensive two level oral/aural skills program for beginning and high beginning ESL/FL students. Book 1 is designed for beginning level students. It presents engaging and relevant contexts that provide students ample opportunity to develop their pronunciation, listening comprehension, and speaking skills.
 
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Smart Choice is a complete four-skills course with a special focus on conversation. With its straightforward approach, the series requires minimal preparation, while allowing plenty of opportunity for supplementation. Each page of Smart Choice offers a self-contained lesson, focusing on a particular skill, and closes with a discussion activity.
  
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"...combines communicative approaches to learning English with structural ones .... suitable for high school and adult learners who possess basic literacy in their first language."--p. [4] of cover.
     
  
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World Link is National Geographic Learning's best-selling core series for young adult/adult learners of English from the false beginner to high intermediate level. The second edition has been completely updated and enhanced to reflect modern teaching methods and user feedback.
 
   
   






Textbook Recommendations - High Beginning


 
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Pathways is National Geographic Learning's new five-level academic skills series that features reading & writing and listening & speaking strands to help learners develop the language skills needed to achieve academic success.
 
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The English KnowHow series draws upon the experience, opinions, and aims that students bring to class and provides them with balanced coverage of all four skills.
 
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Basics in Speaking
by Michael Rost (Author)
     
 
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Interchange is a three-level course for learners of English as a foreign language. Written in American English, Interchange reflects the fact that English is a language of international communication.
  
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Expressways, by Steven J. Molinsky and Bill Bliss, is a complete four-level course that features all-skills language practice. The series incorporates cooperative learning, critical thinking, problem solving, role-playing, cross-cultural discussions, self-assessment, and community activities to promote an interactive, student-centered learning experience.

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The Impact coursebook series "Impact Intro, First Impact and High Impact" comprise a comprehensive communicative course series, taking students from beginner to intermediate level. Step-by-step conversation building, information and opinion-gap activities, lively listening tasks, vocabulary-building tasks, interactive reading, and more all add up to a motivating and practical series for your students.
     

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Touchstone, together with Viewpoint, is a six-level English program based on research from the Cambridge English Corpus. Touchstone Second Edition Workbook, Level 1 provides practice of the language studied in the Student's Book. Activities can be used for homework or in class.
 
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Let's Talk 1, Second Edition, is for students at the high-beginning/low-intermediate level. Features of the Student's Book include more systematic presentation and recycling of structures and vocabulary, an increased focus on communication activities, and new Expansion review sections after every four units.
 
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This title presents a speaking and listening course for adults and young adults to develop conversational fluency.
     
 
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New Cutting Edge: Pre-intermediate: Student's Book: Pre-intermediate with Mini-d Paperback – Import, 2005
by Sarah Cunningham; Peter Moor
 
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Smart Choice makes teaching easier for you. It's flexible. You can teach lessons exactly as they are, straight off the page. Or you can adapt activities using the Click and Change CD-ROM from the Teacher's Resource Book.
 
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Nice Talking with You is a two-level oral communication series designed to get students talking. Nice Talking with You Level 2 is designed for elementary and pre-intermediate students. It contains 12 topic-based units and two review units.
     
  
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Speak Up is a comprehensive two-level oral/aural skills program for beginning and high beginning ESL or FL students. Book 2 is designed for high beginners. The text presents engaging and relevant contexts that provide students ample opportunity to develop their pronunciation, listening comprehension, and speaking skills.
  
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World Link is National Geographic Learning's best-selling core series for young adult/adult learners of English from the false beginner to high intermediate level. The second edition has been completely updated and enhanced to reflect modern teaching methods and user feedback.
  
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Presents an inviting approach to developing conversation fluency. This book presents picture dictionary-type pages, along with conversation and grammar practice, that provide students with the vocabulary and speaking skills they need for everyday life. For intermediate ESL learners.
     
 
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English Firsthand 1 with Audio CD: New Gold Edition (2nd Edition) 2nd Edition
by Marc Helgesen (Author), Steven Brown (Author), Thomas Mandeville (Author), Michael Rost (Author)
   



Textbook Recommendations - Low Intermediate
   

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Pathways is National Geographic Learning's new five-level academic skills series that features reading & writing and listening & speaking strands to help learners develop the language skills needed to achieve academic success.
 
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High-Beginning/Low-Intermediate Level. Impact Issues presents 30 discussion-generating topics of timeless interest in engaging two-page units. The reading, focusing on high interest social questions, appear on the left-hand page of each unit. The facing page contains opinion exercises and discussion questions, plus model expressions to help even high-beginning level students participate.
  
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New Interchange is a multi-level series for adult and young-adult learners of English from the beginning to the high-intermediate level. The full-color Video Activity Book is designed to accompany the Video. It provides pre- and post-viewing tasks for the learner.
     
  
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Touchstone, together with Viewpoint, is a six-level English program based on research from the Cambridge English Corpus. Touchstone Second Edition Workbook, Level 2 provides practice of the language studied in the Student's Book. Activities can be used for homework or in class.
 
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Impact Topics! 30 Exciting Topics to Talk About in English (Student Book and Audio CD)
by Richard R. Day (Author), Junko Yamanaka (Author)
  
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Impact Values! 30 Discussion Topics to Help You Explore Your Own Values (Student Book with Self-Study Audio CD)
by Richard R. Day (Author), Junko Yamanaka (Author), Joseph Shaules (Author)
     
 
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Taking up where Basics in Speaking leaves off and continuing in a simple style with a slightly higher language level, Strategies in Speaking offers systematic practice and communication tasks for students.
  
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Smart Choice makes teaching easier for you. It's flexible. You can teach lessons exactly as they are, straight off the page. Or you can adapt activities using the Click and Change CD-ROM from the Teacher's Resource Book.
  
Paperback from $15.12
First Discussion Starters includes conversation activities that teachers and students have loved in the best-selling Discussion Starters and More Discussion Starters, this time for lower-level ESL/EFL students.
     
 
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New Cutting Edge: Intermediate: Student's Book: Intermediate Student's Book Paperback – Import, 2005
by Sarah Cunningham; Peter Moor (Author)
 
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This title presents a speaking and listening course for adults and young adults to develop conversational fluency.
  
Paperback from $18.31
World Link is National Geographic Learning's best-selling core series for young adult/adult learners of English from the false beginner to high intermediate level. The second edition has been completely updated and enhanced to reflect modern teaching methods and user feedback.
     

 Paperback from $25.95
The English KnowHow series draws upon the experience, opinions, and aims that students bring to class and provides them with balanced coverage of all four skills.
 
Paperback from $22.99
Uses a group problem-solving approach to language learning to increase students conversational abilities to communicate confidently and effectively. .
  
Paperback & CD from $6.73
English Firsthand 2 with Audio CD: New Gold Edition (2nd Edition) 2nd Edition
by Marc Helgesen (Author), Steven Brown (Author), Thomas Mandeville (Author), Michael Rost (Author)
     
 
Paperback from $2.59
Let's Talk 2, Second Edition, is for students at the intermediate level. Features of the Student's Book include more systematic presentation and recycling of structures and vocabulary, an increased focus on communication activities, and new Expansion review sections after every four units.
 
Game $29.95
600 Phrasal Verbs with Definitions and Interactive Practice - Color-coded by difficulty and common usage - Short definitions - Matching Exercises
Interactive game
  
Paperback from $8.30
Expressways, by Steven J. Molinsky and Bill Bliss, is a complete four-level course that features all-skills language practice. The series incorporates cooperative learning, critical thinking, problem solving, role-playing, cross-cultural discussions, self-assessment, and community activities to promote an interactive, student-centered learning experience.



Textbook Recommendations - High Intermediate

 
Paperback $20.95
Touchy Situations: A Conversation Text for ESL Students
by Glen Alan Penrod (Author)
 
Paperback from $8.74
What are Conversation Strategies? They are techniques that help the speaker and listener keep a conversation going to its natural and desired conclusion. They are skills that supplement the linguistic and sociolinguistic skills most texts focus on: grammar, vocabulary, and usage.
 
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Expressways Book 3 2nd (second) Edition by Molinsky, Steven J., Bliss, Bill published by Pearson Education ESL (1996) Paperback
     
 
Paperback from $23.95
Pathways is National Geographic Learning's new five-level academic skills series that features reading & writing and listening & speaking strands to help learners develop the language skills needed to achieve academic success. Learners develop academic literacy skills through content, images and video from National Geographic.
 
Paperback from $8.00
Let's Talk Level 3 Student's Book with Self-study Audio CD (Let's Talk (Cambridge)) 2nd Edition
by Leo Jones (Author)
 
Paperback from $29.97
Interchange Level 3 Student's Book with Self-study DVD-ROM (Interchange Fourth Edition) 4th Edition
by Jack C. Richards (Author), David Bohlke (Editor), Jonathan Hull (Contributor),
     
 
Paperback from $26.25
Touchstone, together with Viewpoint, is a six-level English program based on research from the Cambridge English Corpus. Touchstone uses a corpus-informed syllabus ensuring students are learning the language that people really use. Activities include a strong focus on inductive learning, personalized practice, and encouraging learner autonomy.

Paperback from $14.34
Discussion Process and Principles brings discussion to the classroom in a new way. It is not only about what to discuss -the topic-, but how to discuss -the approach-. Different topics require different approaches. A carpenter with only a hammer in the toolbox approaches every task the same way. In a similar way, students with only one discussion strategy, approach every discussion the same way.
 
Paperback from $5.53
Functions of American English Teacher's manual: Communication Activities for the Classroom Tch Edition by Leo Jones (Author), C. von Baeyer
     
 
Paperback from $14.25
Passages Workbook 1: An upper-level multi-skills course 2nd Edition
by Jack C. Richards (Author), Chuck Sandy (Author)
 
Paperback from $19.50
A discussion text for high intermediate to advanced ESL/EFL high school to adult students. Students enjoy developing skills needed at high academic and business levels. Work in real discussion formats: pairs, triads, small groups, large groups, whole class. Discussion topics are high-interest; no in-depth background knowledge is needed. Each unit builds on and recycles previous strategies.
 
Audio CD from $18.93
New Cutting Edge Upper-Intermediate Class CD 1-3 Audio CD – 2011
by CUNNINGHAM & MOOR (Author)
     
 
Paperback from $36.27
World Link is National Geographic Learning's best-selling core series for young adult/adult learners of English from the false beginner to high intermediate level. The second edition has been completely updated and enhanced to reflect modern teaching methods and user feedback.
 
Paperback from $16.95
Getting Ready For Speech was a finalist in the Independent Publisher book awards of 2002. It features a wide variety of sample speeches; it includes storytelling, show and tell, and movie and book reviews; it is perfect practice for high school speech contests; it carefully controls grammar and vocabulary and recycles them again and again.
 
Paperback from $7.58
Communicator, by Steven J. Molinsky and Bill Bliss, is a complete two-level course in functional communication for intermediate learners of English. Communicator provides dynamic, communicative practice that involves students in lively interactions based on the content of real-life contexts and situations.
     
 
Paperback from $5.50
The English KnowHow series draws upon the experience, opinions, and aims that students bring to class and provides them with balanced coverage of all four skills.
 
Paperback from $9.60
This popular topic-based conversation text offers readers the chance to express their ideas, opinions, and values in English, while concurrently expanding their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.
Organized by theme and communicative function, React Interact stimulates conversation and lively classroom discussion with high-interest topics and thought-provoking questions.
 
Paperback from $13.97
Discover Debate makes discussion and debate skills accessible, fun, and exciting. -- The authors break down the complex thinking, speaking, and listening skills used in debate into several clear, bite-size skills -- each skill easily digested by low-level learners within one lesson period.
     
  
Audio CD from $902.54
Discover Debate (Audio CD) [Audio CD] [2000] (Author) LeBeau, Harrington, Lubetsky Audio CD – 2000
 
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CONVERSATION GAMBITS is specially designed to teach the language of conversation and discussion. Through their careful choice of language, the authors predict the words and phrases students will require to take part in the conversation activities effectively. Conversation Gambits is the ideal material for a conversation course or conversation option.
 

 

 

 


Textbook Recommendations - Advanced

 

  
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"Pathways" is Heinle's new four-level academic skills series that features reading & writing and listening & speaking strands to help learners develop the language skills needed to achieve academic success. Learners develop academic literacy skills through content, images and video from National Geographic.
 
Paperback from $10.00
Communicator, by Steven J. Molinsky and Bill Bliss, is a complete two-level course in functional communication for intermediate learners of English. Communicator provides dynamic, communicative practice that involves students in lively interactions based on the content of real-life contexts and situations.
 
Paperback from $14.15
This innovative English as a second language textbook helps advanced English language learners develop conversation skills and improve fluency by sharing experiences, reflecting on their lives, and discussing proverbs and quotations. The ESL book includes 45 thematic chapters, over 1400 questions, 500 vocabulary words, 250 proverbs and American idioms, and 500 quotations.
     
 
Paperback from $24.00
Touchstone, together with Viewpoint, is a six-level English program based on research from the Cambridge English Corpus. Touchstone uses a corpus-informed syllabus ensuring students are learning the language that people really use. Activities include a strong focus on inductive learning, personalized practice, and encouraging learner autonomy.
 
Paperback from $7.14
Expressways Book 4 2nd (second) Edition by Molinsky, Steven J., Bliss, Bill [1996] Paperback
 
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The Passages, Second Edition, Student's Books have been thoroughly revised to offer fresh, contemporary content, numerous opportunities for expansion of listening and speaking skills, reading skills development, plus a step-by-step academic writing strand. Vocabulary is now presented in every lesson and focuses on word building, collocations, and phrasal verbs.
     
 
Paperback from $18.60
Need a fresh inspiration? This book of topics is a quick and easy source. Whether you want to choose topics for your class that are fun or provocative, that build an understanding of U.S. culture in today's world, or that help them with their personal adjustment, you'll find this book invaluable.
 
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One of the most common problems facing ESL teachers is the advanced speaking class in which the most confident students dominate the discussion and the weaker students quickly withdraw. Discussion Starters is designed to balance the oral participation of all the students in the class and thus promote an environment in which everyone has not only a chance but a real need to speak out.
 

 


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