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Taking Sides: A Speaking Text for Advanced and Intermediate Students Paperback – April 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0472084180 ISBN-10: 0472084186

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press/ESL (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472084186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472084180
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,211,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nathaniel Long on December 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
"Taking Sides," by Kevin King, is a fabulous ESL Text to introduce American social discourse.

This book is not for beginners, but among the many texts I have tried, it has proven to be far and away the most engaging and interesting text for the majority of my middle and high school students here in Daejeon, South Korea, where I have taught English in a private tutoring business for more the past fourteen years.

This text is also best used with students who truly aspire to become proficient in English with awareness of its usage across cultures, particularly vis-à-vis the low context culture of the West. A significant minority (roughly 20 percent) of my students here in South Korea have little aspiration to use any more English than necessary to get through high school and college, while I believe they hold a mature and informed understanding of that which they are refusing. These students are perhaps better served with another text, one which does not require any significant changes in the modes of thought to which they have become inured in the early basis of their education.

I firmly agree that not every public school student needs to master English in South Korea. I believe this culture is well served by allowing an avenue for students to learn but a modicum of survival English and focus the bulk of their energies more on the development of other skills, in their native language, Korea.
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By Dieter Forst on July 10, 2014
Format: Paperback
good but a little dated
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Curio on October 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
I regret buying the book. It's called "A Speaking text for Advanced and Intermediate Students", but on taking a look inside I realised that there was little to speak about. If I had had a chance to look through the book before ordering it I'd never have bought a copy. The texts are either boring or too complicated. More suitable for native speakers of English studying rhetoric.
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