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Can You Believe It? 2: Stories and Idioms from Real Life: 2 Book Paperback – March 30, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0194372756 ISBN-10: 0194372758

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  • Series: Can You Believe It? (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 30, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0194372758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0194372756
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jann Huizenga has over 25 years of experience teaching English worldwide and has written more than twenty ESL/EFL textbooks. She is currently an ESL consultant and conducts workshops to teachers in countries across the globe including Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Italy, and the USA.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pati Prof on August 25, 2006
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The stories in this book are heart-warming and promote lively classroom discussions. In addition, it teaches many, many idioms in context. Excellent!
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In tutoring middle- and high-school students from Korea, this workbook is the best I've found for studying English idioms and expressions. Each lesson's true, amazing short story presents new idioms in context, then an eight-panel comic strip illustrates the story. Discussion questions about the story, a summary dictation, and review exercises work together to guarantee that each idiom is read, heard, written, and spoken by my students.

I only wish I could find Book 1, because books 2 and 3 are so good!
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By omer sadak on October 22, 2014
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Good one!
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Can You Believe It 2, one of a three-part series, is a high-interest book based on true stories that are summarized using a number of idioms per chapter. The chapters are very short, beginning with a paragraph-length reading, a chart defining the idioms used,picture cues to help the student retell the story in his/her own words. questions about the story, personal questions cued with the idioms, a dictation section, and a summary exercise that requires students to put some of the idioms in context in the blanks. It also has some very helpful appendices and an alphabetical list of the book's idioms at the end of the book. (No answer key)

I like the book because it is high-interest and teaches idioms in an effective way. The review units are a great way of recycling material and give students more exposure. I have been using this book for over ten years.

That being said, the series needs an update, which is why I didn't give it five stars. More exercises could be added to the chapters to give them a little more substance, and some of the idioms are out of common use ("fit as a fiddle," "dead as a door nail," ) Since the chapters are quite brief, I usually expand on the questions or use the lessons as part of a longer lesson.

The book also offers cassettes, but teachers can use this book without those dinosaurs.....
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By K.Z. on September 22, 2013
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I have been using several units with my students and they really like it. It has different short passages with several most common idioms and the exercises are awesome.
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I've used this book in two intermediate ESL classes now, and these stories are a good way to teach idioms and reading comprehension.
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