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American English File 3 Student Book 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0194774482
ISBN-10: 0194774481
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About the Author

Clive Oxenden has taught English and trained teachers for 23 years, mainly in Spain but also in Turkey, Kuwait, Algeria, and the UK, where he was the RSA tutor at Padworth College in Berkshire. He has spent the last fifteen years teaching at the British Council, Valencia.
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Product Details

  • Series: American English File
  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0194774481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0194774482
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is hard to find good ESL all-skills textbooks. Touchstone (from Cambridge) and American English File (from Oxford) are my favorites. American English File Book 2 is geared toward low intermediate adult students who want to learn English for general purposes (i.e. it's not geared for academic, college-bound students).

Each chapter consists of four 2-page lessons that last about 60-75 minutes. Each lesson includes reading, listening, grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and speaking practice. The reading and the listening are particularly tied together well. Every lesson also has additional material in the back of the book, specific for each lesson, for those who need additional practice on the grammar point, or who could use additional vocabulary words to learn. Normally I use the additional sections in the back of the book with the lessons because I think the extra materials are worthwhile. Most lessons also contain an information gap pairwork exercise that is fully related to the lesson. That's a big plus about this book: Each lesson goes beyond just sticking with a theme, to creating an interesting story that is revisited throughout the lesson in different formats. For example, it begins by introducing the story through reading, then gives additional information to the story through a listening passage and/or an information gap exercise.

Just before the end of each chapter are two 1-page sections. The first is called "Practical English." This is a serial story that begins in the first book in the series and continues throughout. Like a TV series season, the first one in the book reviews the story so far, so those who didn't have the previous book know what's going on.
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The English File series is excellent for teaching English as a second language. I've used it both in the British and American versions and I love it. The texts are engaging and the topics lead to communication in the class. The focus in phonetics, that is not found in many ESL books, helps students learn the correct pronunciation easily and the way the phonemic alphabet is presented, prepares them to look up the pronunciation of new words in the dictionary when they are not in class.
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I knocked off a star because Oxford doesn't make it clear that the CDs are part of the course! From the description and the 'buy all three' section (teacher's book, student's book, and workbook with 'multi-rom'), it sounds like the 'multi-rom' contains all of the audio sections - it does not. Now I have to wait another week to get the CDs.

I called Oxford in New York. They said that they are aware that the description needs to be updated. So do it! I will inform Amazon of this discrepancy.

That said, I think we are going to like this series! Good for students who need practical vocab and the opportunities to practice speaking, including pronunciation, which is rarely addressed.
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I live in Brazil and needed this book for my english course. I decided to buy it on Amazon.com because it was too much cheap than here. It arrived exactly on time that they said. Good service!
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This book isn't really good for learning English. It lacks some grammar points and emphasizes too much on non-sense texts. I wouldn't recommend it at all, but I needed to buy it.
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this book is amazing since it brings activities based on the integrated skills technique. Easy and collaborative. I really like it!
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I love this series. The format of the book takes a little getting used to. But it's interesting and engaging material.
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It's very good for my learning! I want to buy the next edition.
This book was my better purchase in this year...
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