Some new books on learning English

A good collection of new books about learning English for speakers of other languages.

Syndetics book coverThe official guide to PTE Academic : Pearson Test of English Academic / from the test developers.
“The Official Guide to PTE Academic provides comprehensive information about the test, over 200 practice tasks on CD-ROM, analysis of sample answers, test-taking tips and more. The first and only official guide for PTE Academic written by the developers of the test itself, it includes everything you need to know about the test. * Explains the features, format and scoring of PTE Academic, giving test takers a clear idea of what to expect when they take the test * Provides practice with authentic test types and questions * Includes sample answers that are actual student responses from field tests * Improves on test taking strategies * CD-ROM provides additional practice.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPTE Academic : practice tests plus / from the test developers.
“PTE Academic Practice Tests Plus includes: * four complete practice tests with authentic test questions by PTE Academic test writers * detailed guidance, strategies and tips to teach you how to do each task type * annotated answer key and score guide to help you assess your answers * real candidate answers with comments on each spoken and written task * MP3 disc with the recordings for all of the listening and speaking tasks.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover39 ESL icebreakers: for teenagers and adults / Jackie Bolen + Jennifer Booker Smith ; edited by Victoria Florimont.
“All ESL/EFL/TEFL teachers who work with teenagers or adults need activities to get their classes started off on the right foot when students don’t know each other, or you. Icebreaker activities are the perfect tool for the job, but it’s not easy to find the best ones… In 39 ESL Icebreakers, you’ll get over three-dozen ideas to use in your own classroom. The highly-detailed descriptions will show you exactly how to use the activities during your lessons. The clearly and concisely explained activities will help you add instructional variety and put the focus back on your students.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGrammar in context. Basic / Sandra N. Elbaum, Judi P. Pemán.
“The Sixth Edition of the best-selling Grammar in Context series, inspires learners through compelling stories, National Geographic images, and content, relevant to students’ lives. Students learn more, remember more, and use language more effectively when they learn grammar in context.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAdvanced trainer : six practice tests with answers / Felicity O’Dell and Michael Black.
Advanced Trainer Second edition offers six practice tests for the revised Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) exam combined with easy-to-follow guidance and exam tips. The first two tests are fully guided with advice on how to tackle each paper. Extra practice activities, informed by the Cambridge Learner Corpus, a bank of real candidates’ exam papers, focus on areas where students typically need the most help. This version contains a full answer key. Audio for the listening and speaking test activities is available online for download.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Simply advanced (CAE) : 8 practise tests for the Cambridge English. Advanced CAE.
“This kit contains 8 practise test for the Cambridge Advanced English examination. There are sample writings for both parts of the Paper 2 – Writing. There is also justification of the correct answers for the Reading and Listening section. This self-study edition includes audio scripts, answer key and MP3 audio CD.” (Syndetics summary)

Reading for the real world. 1 / Casey Malarcher, Andrea Janzen, Adam Worcester, Peggy Anderson.
” Free app, free website.” (Cover)

Syndetics book coverEnglish. Essential / written by Christopher Warnasch ; translated by I-Ling Hsu ; edited by Laura Riggio.
English, Complete Edition is a unique multimedia program that is designed for speakers of any language. It takes you from a beginner to an advanced level in one convenient package. At the core of English, Complete Edition is the Living Language Method(tm), based on linguistic science, proven techniques, and over 65 years of experience. Our method teaches you the whole language, so you can express yourself, not just recite memorized words or scripts.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Improve your IELTS listening & speaking skills / Barry Cusack, Sam McCarter.
“Improve your IELTS skills is a series of three skills books written for students preparing to take the IELTS examination. The series aims to help develop the skills, language and test techniques required to do well in the exam.” (back cover)

Syndetics book coverUnderstanding spoken English : a focus on everyday language in context. Book one / by Susan Boyer.

Syndetics book coverUnderstanding spoken English : a focus on everyday language in context. Book two / Susan Boyer.

Syndetics book coverUnderstanding spoken English : a focus on everyday language in context. Book three / Susan Boyer.
“This book is designed to help students of English understand spoken language as it is encountered in everyday business and social situations in English speaking environments around the world. It provides information about the social and business conventions of spoken English such as, agreeing and disagreeing politely, giving an opinion and dealing with business negotiations.” (Syndetics summary)

Recent books about Learning English

Featured this time are two series: Jetstream and Living Skills +

Syndetics book coverGeneral IELTS reading practice tests questions sets 1-5 : sample mock IELTS preparation materials based on the real exams : created by IELTS teachers for their students and for you / edited by Jams Hogan.
“These practice tests can enable you to improve your understanding of the IELTS general reading exam and increase your ability for taking the IELTS tests. Doing IELTS practice tests regularly, even daily, will help you get to the point where you can pass the real exam. This set of 5 General IELTS practice tests is ideal in helping you study further for you IELTS test. If you’re not doing an IELTS reading test every day for a few months before the exam, you’ll find it harder to get the band score you want…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Jetstream : elementary A / Jane Revell, Mary Tomalin.
Jetstream is the brand new Helbling Languages 6-level course for adult learners. Its carefully balanced pace and challenge offer a learning experience that is fun and motivating and which prepares students to use their English effectively in work and life”.” (from back cover)

Jetstream : elementary B / Jane Revell, Mary Tomalin.

Jetstream : pre-intermediate A / Jane Revell, Mary Tomalin.

Jetstream : pre-intermediate B / Jane Revell, Mary Tomalin.

Syndetics book coverDoing household chores / Carrie Gwynne. Keep it clean / PJ Gray.
“LIVING SKILLS: Build students living skills with this five-book set. Important aspects of living and managing basic skills on your own are explored in these nonfiction/fiction flip books. Topics include: finding a place to live and moving in, making a grocery list, buying groceries, housekeeping and keeping things clean, and cooking your meals.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFinding a place to live / Carrie Gwynne. A place of our own / PJ Gray.

Syndetics book coverMoving in / Carrie Gwynne. Pack up / PJ Gray.

Syndetics book coverSmart grocery shopping / Jane Gardner ; Shop smart / PJ Gray.

Syndetics book coverCooking your own meals / Carrie Gwynne. Dinner is served / PJ Gray.

Syndetics book coverLiving on a budget / Jane Gardner ; Road trip / PJ Gray.
“Build students’ personal finance skills with this five-book set. Important aspects of managing money are explored in these nonfiction/fiction flip books. Topics include: budgeting, opening a bank account, credit, coupons, and saving.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOpening a bank account / Susan Rose Simms ; The Guitar / Susan Rose Simms.

Syndetics book coverManaging credit / Jill Haney ; High cost / PJ Gray.

Syndetics book coverFinding a job / M.G. Higgins. Dream jobs / PJ Gray.
“JOB SKILLS: Build students job skills with this five-book set. Important aspects of jobs and managing basic skills on your own are explored in these nonfiction/fiction flip books. Topics include: preparing a resume, finding a job, job interview basics, how to act on the job, and employee rights.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLifeskills vocabulary. 1.
“With these workbooks you can teach real life words and skills that students can practice immediately. Furthermore, while teaching about employment forms and money management students are learning essential critical thinking, writing, and reading comprehension skills. Words are learned in context through a variety of high-interest activities including: safety signs and symbols, finding a job, personal health, cooking, smart shopping, legal documents, making a budget, and more. The self-directed activities require virtually no preparation and can be completed in one class period. ” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEveryday life math.
“These 112-page reproducible books include teacher notes and tips, answer keys, reference guides, lessons, unit reviews, and more. Units include: Personal Care, Health, Getting Around, Managing Time, Community, Thinking About the Future, Thrifty Thinking, Sustaining the World.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSmart shopping math.
“Each book contains problems that involve estimation, equations, mental math, calculators, and critical thinking….include teacher notes and tips, answer keys, reference guides, lessons, unit reviews, and more. Units include: Retail & Wholesale, Reading Ads, Rental Sales, Buying on Layaway, Getting the Best Deal, Online Shopping, Shopping for a Neighbor, Second Time Around.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

New books about Learning English

The library has recently received these books on learning English as a second language.

Syndetics book coverIELTS. 11 : general training with answers : authentic examination papers.
“This 11th collection of examination papers for IELTS provides all the exam practice you need, [containing]: Four complete tests for General Training candidates; a useful introduction to the exam together with an explanation of the scoring system; answer keys and recording scripts; photocopiable answer sheets so you can practice transferring your answers”–Back cover.

Syndetics book coverEnglish for everyone. Practice book, Level 1 beginner / Thomas Booth.
English for Everyone is an exciting and comprehensive self-study course for adults learning English as a foreign language. Learn English by reinforcing key language skills, grammar rules, and vocabulary with listening, speaking, reading, and writing exercises. This Level 1 Beginner’s guide introduces topics such as jobs and routines, leisure activities, and the home. 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. Perfect for personal study or to support exams including TOEFL and IELTS.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEnglish for everyone course book. Level 2, beginner / Rachel Harding.
“…This Level 2 Beginner’s guide introduces topics such as emotions, actions and activities, and numbers, dates, months and seasons. 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)

Syndetics book coverEnglish for everyone. Course book, Level 3 intermediate / Gill Johnson.
“…This Level 3 Intermediate guide introduces topics such as skills and tasks, giving instructions, and relationships and problem solving. 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)

Syndetics book coverEnglish for everyone. Practice book, Level 3 intermediate / author, Barbara MacKay.
“…This Level 3 Intermediate guide introduces topics such as skills and tasks, giving instructions, and relationships and problem solving. 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)

Syndetics book coverEnglish for everyone. Course book, Level 4 advanced / Victoria Boobyer.
“…This Level 4 Advanced guide introduces topics such as family life, business, and news and the media. 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)

Syndetics book coverEnglish for everyone. Practice book, Level 4 advanced / author, Claire Hart.
“…This Level 4 Advanced guide introduces topics such as such as family life, business, and news and the media. 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)

Occupational English test : official OET preparation materials : practice book : all professions. Listening, Set 1.
“The Occupational English Test (OET) is designed to meet the specific English language needs of the healthcare sector. It assesses the language proficiency of healthcare professionals who wish to register and practise in an English-speaking environment.” — Back cover.

Occupational English test : official OET preparation materials : practice book : all professions. Listening, Set 2.
“The Occupational English Test (OET) is designed to meet the specific English language needs of the healthcare sector. It assesses the language proficiency of healthcare professionals who wish to register and practise in an English-speaking environment.” — back cover.

Syndetics book coverOxford picture dictionary / Jayme Adelson-Goldstein, Norma Shapiro.
“The Oxford Picture Dictionary provides a fully integrated vocabulary development program, progressing from essential words to the more complex, delivered in short, thematic units..So, what’s new in the Third Edition? 11 new and expanded topics. What words do students need to navigate a doctor’s appointment? Or on their first day at a new job? New and expanded topics – Illnesses and Medical Conditions, Health Insurance, Cyber Safety, Job Search, Career Planning, Soft Skills, First Day on the Job, Inside a Company, Information Technology, Digital Literacy, Internet Research – focus on the important life skills students need today.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)