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Recommendations for a Textbook/Resource for B1/B2 levels

  • 1.  Recommendations for a Textbook/Resource for B1/B2 levels

    Posted 20-10-2018 08:24
    Hi everyone,

    I was hoping someone could suggest a good textbook (or another resource) based on a communicative approach for B1/B2 levels. The target group are (mostly) European students aged 18-21, and they are taking language courses in the U.S. I would like to work on fluency and vocabulary building.
    Thank you!

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    Svetlana Radojcic
    ESL Instructor, MA TESOL
    EF Education First
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  • 2.  RE: Recommendations for a Textbook/Resource for B1/B2 levels

    Posted 21-10-2018 08:59
    Take a  look at the Cengage/National Geographic series called Explorer ( I think).  The material is the same as in other Grammar series, but rather than pages and pages of black and white print text, there are photos (not just ink illustrations) of real life situations to which students can relate. I think this takes the Grammar from abstract scenarios to real life situations where students would use the Grammar structures being taught.  The colorful pages also seem to keep the student's attention better. The photos also illustrate when the grammar would be used which connects the Grammar to student experiences and would be good jumping off points for putting the Grammar into conversations as an extension of the lesson.

    Also, a note: I am familiar with the Common European Framework but many American Instructors/Professors are not.  It may be helpful to note general terms(e.g. Advanced, Low Intermediate) to get broader responses from our broad TESOL base.


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    Lynore M. Carnuccio
    Adjunct Instructor,
    University of Central OK
    IEP Instructor
    The Language Company
    Edmond, OK
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  • 3.  RE: Recommendations for a Textbook/Resource for B1/B2 levels

    Posted 22-10-2018 04:31
    I totally agree. Cengage books are solid in their own right, but that partnership with NatGeo is pretty rad. I second this recommendation from Lynore

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    David Arnold
    Nepal
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  • 4.  RE: Recommendations for a Textbook/Resource for B1/B2 levels

    Posted 23-10-2018 18:08
    Thanks, David!

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    Svetlana Radojcic
    ESL Instructor, MA TESOL
    EF Education First
    USA
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  • 5.  RE: Recommendations for a Textbook/Resource for B1/B2 levels

    Posted 21-10-2018 16:26
    Sveltana, try LIFE series by John Hughes and others. The Pre-Intermediate Level book - National Geographic and Cengage  Learning is a wonderful book. The whole series is great, but this one is exceptional

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    Maha Mohamed
    Founder/Ceo
    Maha ESL Community
    Egypt
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