Asking where the library is or how to buy a train ticket may be useful for backpacking but if you want get a job or go for that promotion your English skills may need some specialized upgrades. The books below are the next stop for anyone who wants to go from holiday to working holiday or further in New Zealand.
COBUILD English grammar.
“With a user-friendly style and simple explanations, the Collins COBUILD English Grammar provides a comprehensive and authoritative guide to modern English grammar, using grammar terms that learners will understand. [Also features] Notes on the various situations in which certain grammar points typically appear, authentic examples, and information on the key differences between British and American grammar.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
English for everyone. Course book. Level 1, Business English / Victoria Boobyer.
“English for Everyone is an exciting and comprehensive self-study course for adults learning English as a foreign language. […] Learn business English by reinforcing key language skills, grammar rules and vocabulary with listening, speaking, reading and writing exercises…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
English for everyone. Practice book. Level 1, business English / Thomas Booth, Trish Burrow.
“This Business English Beginner Practice Book introduces business topics such as meetings and presentations, telephone language, company history, and business lunches.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
English for everyone. Course book. Level 2, Business English / Victoria Boobyer.
“This Business English Intermediate Course Book introduces business topics such as interpersonal skills, meeting vocabulary, emailing a client and attending interviews. Audio material is provided at every stage through the English For Everyone website and Android/iOS apps to provide vital experience of spoken English and make even tricky phrases easy to understand.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Barron’s IELTS practice exams / Lin Lougheed, Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University.
“This newly updated second edition with MP3 CD prepares test takers for success on the IELTS, an English competency test that’s recognized by more than 9,000 organizations in over 145 countries.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Barron’s IELTS strategies and tips / Lin Lougheed, Ed. D., Teachers College, Columbia University.
“Getting a high score on the IELTS begins with a plan. This book offers test-takers a range of strategies for choosing the best methods for answering questions, along with useful tips that help them make choices quickly and efficiently.” (Syndetics summary)
Writing for the IELTS / Dr. Lin Lougheed, Teachers College, Columbia University
“Discover everything you’ll need to know in order to write well for the IELTS test, whether you are planning to take the Academic or the General Training version. […] Each section leads you step-by-step through the process of writing an essay in response to a particular task. Learn how to apply what you’ve learned, familiarize yourself with the types of questions you’ll have to respond to on the test, complete your responses within the time limits, and more.” (Syndetics summary)
Heads up : spoken English for business. 1 / Mark Tulip with Louise Green and Richard Nicholas.
“Heads Up is a practical student-based speaking course, devised to meet the overriding need in-work students have to become operational in spoken English as quickly and efficiently as possible. Heads Up addresses the lack of time these learners often have and the need for streamlined materials targeting their needs.” (Syndetics summary)
Cambridge English proficiency. 2 : with answers : authentic examination papers from Cambridge English language assessment.
“Contains four complete and authentic examination papers for Cambridge English: Proficiency, also known as Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). This collection of past examination papers provides the most authentic exam preparation available. ” (adapted from Syndetics summary)