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May 19, 2008

Surveys - Your number one EFL book

Hello Readers,

For this month's survey, I'm interested in finding out more about the materials you use. I'm curious to find out which book you rate highest; if you could only take one book with you, what would it be? Is there one book you just can't live without?

To take the poll, ...

... go to: http://www.esl-jobs-forum.com/viewtopic.php?p=7350#7350

What is the one EFL book that you can't live without?
* Practical English Usage (Michael Swan)
* The Practice of English Language Teaching (Jeremy Harmer)
* Learning Teaching (Jim Scrivener)
* A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (Randolph Quirk)
* Five-Minute Activities: A Resource Book of Short Activities (Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers) (Penny Ur)
* Teaching Tenses: Ideas for Presenting and Practising Tenses in English (Rosemary Aitken)
* Headway (various)
* Clockwise (various)
* Other

I've listed some of the books I've used the most in my teaching career. If your top book isn't in my list, go ahead and tick the 'other' box and then tell us more about it. Why do you like the book so much? Where did you get it? How much did you pay? How often do you use it? Is it useful for a particular group of students?

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

*Looking for other interesting surveys (and their resultes) about the ESL industry? Click HERE!

About the author of this entry:

Carol, a native English-speaker hailing from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a Head teacher, an Education Manager, and a Material Development Manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing, authors ESL textbooks for publishing houses in China, and is an Editor for Garnet Publishing in Reading, England. Carol holds a BA in Communications from the College of St. Benedict/ St. John's University, and a CELTA, and has just finished her MA TESOL course at Oxford Brookes University. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at May 19, 2008 02:52 PM

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I have been [in China] since 1993, fifteen plus years, and no one in China speaks English well yet. What I have discovered is that no matter who is teaching the Chinese, they haven't learned English well enough to have a conversation more than one minute. As all Chinese are below any five-year old in any English speaking country, [and as] a professionally trained teacher from California, I have discovered that almost 95% of the people in China need to learn English that is in Let's Go One and Two books. If that sounds silly, you really don't understand the psychology of the Chinese. Saying that, most Chinese are at an entry level and need entry level books, not beginning books or anything else which most people have been and are teaching in China. After they have learned entry level English, perhaps then they could try beginning English. Understand that most Chinese could not carry on a conversation with any child in America over the age of five years old. Something has to change in China before people here will be able to speak and understand spoken English.


Posted by: Bob Toomey at June 10, 2008 03:02 AM

Never leave home without a good English dictionary!!

Posted by: Cherie at June 16, 2008 03:05 AM

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