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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764105949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764105944
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 7.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By l fields on May 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a teacher of ESL at the private college, I found Barron's ESL Guide to American Business English an excellent source for newcomers to American business practices. Unfortunately while the book targets the ESL population, it still requires significant English literacy skills to read and understand. Given the complexity of the subject matter, it's probably as simplified as possible. Includes eighty different documents covering a wide range of correspondence with concise instructions; "Words to Watch For", a vocabulary word listing provides definitions for key words at the beginning of many chapters; extensive table of contents and index, makes it relatively easy to locate particular areas of interest.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Bell on May 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
The ESL Guide to American Business English is filled with errors and is not geared to the sophisticated second language learners who are the expected consumers for a book of this nature. For example, the explanation of when an -s is needed as an ending for present tense verbs states that the -s should be added when the subject of the sentence is a noun. Yesterday I read this explanation to one of my ESL students, whose response was, "What about 'everyone' or 'no one'?" Exactly. There is no mention of pronouns. Students using this book to study on their own might find it confusing -- at best.

The examples provided to illustrate this poorly explained "rule" have the words "secretary" and "stenographer" as subjects -- hardly current. I could go on and provide a long list of what's wrong with this book, but I've given it enough time.

I regret having ordered this book and would not recommend it to anyone. It's worse than useless.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Genet Jeanjean on November 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
Great book to use for English language learners that have been in the country for many years but lack the literacy skills needed for a business environment. The letter samples give great ideas for phrases and tone. The section on usage is an excellent overview to clear up any questions on grammar. I have recommended this book for my students at BusinesSpeak to keep on their desks as a reference guide.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Quinn on December 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
"Barron's ESL Guide to American Business English" is an incomplete book, but still has some good information and activities to help you improve your skill with some very difficult English Grammar. It also introduces many (but not all!) common kinds of business documents. If you are preparing for the TOEIC, there are better books to get first--such as "Barron's Essential Words of the TOEIC".

STRUCTURE:

This book is divided into 2 Parts.

Part One has 12 chapters, and focuses on different types of Business Documents (Example: resumes, memos, letter envelopes, meeting minutes, etc.) you might see on the TOEIC, but does not cover very common types of documents (Example: advertisements, invoices). Each chapter has practice activities to help you build your familiarity with each kind of document.

Part Two has 6 chapters, and focuses on 6 different Business English Grammar issues common to the TOEIC. Each chapter has explanations of each grammar issue, and activities to test your understanding of that grammar.

At the end of the book, there is a brief section on very general American business customs, and a glossary of business English words.

POSITIVES:

Part Two is very good for building your skills with English Sentence Structure. It focuses on Parallelism, Subject-Verb agreement, combining Independent and Dependent Clauses, and Punctuation. There are many good skill-building exercises, where you have to add words/punctuation or where you have to correct a poorly-written sentence. This is the best part of the book!

On page vii (at the beginning of the book) is a list of all the sample business documents, so you can quickly find a particular kind of document--most of them have more than one example.
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