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First rate resource...but be careful when ordering!
on October 28, 2010
This is my favorite series for teaching ESL listening/speaking skills to adults. I especially like levels 4 & 5, because they use authentic excerpts from NPR radio broadcasts for their audio segments. They also have the full script in the back of the book if the student wants to follow along. They pull certain words from the audio segments and use them to create vocab. lists, then also have comprehension and discussion questions. The topics are quite interesting and spark lots of great conversation. So for this sort of thing, there is nothing I've found that students enjoy more.
They do also have sections on grammar and pronunciation, which I usually skip. They are not that great, and we cover those topics in other books.
Now, what do you need to order? You really can't use the books without the audio CD's, but they must be purchased separately. The publisher also has a web-based feature which requires a passcode, but you don't really need this to use the books--it's an extra resource. There is also a teacher's guide you may choose to get--it has answers to the questions and tests, but again this is optional. Both of these things are very nice, but optional. So if you only need to tutor one or two adults and cost is an issue, you can get by with just the book and the audio CD.