New books on learning English

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.

Syndetics book coverCOBUILD 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)

Syndetics book coverEnglish 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)

Syndetics book coverEnglish 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)

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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)

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在家也能学英语了. 除了阅读非常方便的电子书以外,您还可以在家听这些电子有声读物, 学习标准的英文发音: 英语语言课程 会将每个句子用中文和英文阅读; Easy Pronounciation 会教纯正的英文发音; Easy English Vocabulary 会讲解词语, 意思, 和对话.

Overdrive cover 临时应急会话宝典 (Emergency Conversation Skills), by [爱尔兰]艾诗琳 (eBook)
“本书主要是为英语口语学习者准备的,以句子的形式表达各种情况。句子中包括了实用的词汇及短语。对于有相同说法的词语或句子,书中也做了说明。本书以主题划分,分为十大主题,主题以下又划分为具体的状况,比如:逛街购物时如何讨价还价,挑选衣服;面试找工作时,应聘者如何自我介绍,面试者如何提问;身在外国时需要去药店、去医院等等,涉及日常生活、工作、出国等方方面面,读者可以很轻松地找到应急的那句话。同时还配备MP3,让你听到原汁原味的英音。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 新编商务英语谈判技巧, by 丁丽军 (eBook)
“编写本教材旨在为高职高专院校商务英语专业学生学习国际商务谈判知识,熟悉跨文化交流的要求,掌握跨文化交流的技巧,提高国际商务谈判能力提供有效的训练指南与训练素材。全书分16个单元,涵盖国际商务谈判的各个方面,其中包括谈判目标的建立、谈判信息的收集、国际商务谈判的原则、谈判的质量要求及在不同场景下与不同谈判主题的谈判技巧介绍和对应的练习。本教材结合商务英语专业的培养特点,各单元内容丰富,既提供了专业性较强的知识讲解,也配备了简单实用的语言和专业练习;既体现了专业知识讲授的特点,也兼顾了科学的语言教学方法。教材专业性强、实用性突出,适合高职院校商务英语专业及经贸类相关专业学生使用,也可作为具有初、中级英语水平学习者的业余学习材料。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover English Course (from Chinese), by Ann-Charlotte Wennerholm (Audiobook)
“English Basic Course. Listen-Repeat-Learn. Listen: Hear a phrase first in Chinese and then twice in English. Repeat: Practice at your own pace and learn the pronunciation. Learn: You may begin to start using your new language within a few exercises. This is a bilingual (Chinese to English) downloadable course in English. The course contains of 3 hours MP3/AAC-file downloaded recorded material and 2 course booklets in PDF-format.” (Abridged from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover English Grammar for Chinese Speakers, by Linan Shi (eBook)
English Grammar for Chinese Speakers is the only book available for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level Chinese students, teachers, interpreters, and translators interested in mastering the English language. The book divides English grammar learning into three basic sentence patterns: 1. subject – link verb – predicative, 2. subject – predicate, and 3. there be. Grammar content is essential for students to acquire the important skills and master the English language. Tools used in the book are easy to learn and understand. Furthermore, the book contains very useful vocabulary for practice in every day’s life communications. Students are sure to get the best results through learning the parts of speech and sentences. When applying all the vocabulary in this book into the three basic sentence patterns, students will be ready to enter into the mainstream English-speaking society everywhere.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 物流英语, by 刘晶璟 熊秀琼 (eBook)
“本书内容涵盖了物流系统中各环节的专业英语知识,具体包括物流及供应链、运输、配送、库存管理、物料搬运、包装、客户服务、物流信息技术、国际采购、货运代理、物流单据、商务函件等。  全书分为12个单元,每单元设理论教学和实训部分。理论教学部分根据单元主题编写两篇英文课文,文章选材新颖、难度适宜,每篇课文后设有单词表、注释及不同形式的练习题。实训部分特别设计了技能训练和实用短句,训练形式多样,采取情境对话、口语交流、场景模拟、单据制作等形式,还穿插游戏等增加趣味性,加深学生对物流英语知识和技能的掌握,锻炼学生的英语实际应用能力,突出高等职业教育的特点。  本书可作为高职院校物流专业英语教材,也可作为企事业单位物流英语培训用书或物流从业者的自学材料。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Daily Life Talk, by Li Shujuan (eBook)
Talk Chinese Series is the first series on practical colloquial Chinese, compiled and developed based on the theory of communicative functions. By imitating real life situations, it allows learners to experience the charm of the Chinese language and learn the most commonly used words, phrases, slangs, customary usages, everyday expressions and sentences. As long as one masters the contents of this series, one can respond comfortably in most situations with the knowledge and oral expressions learned.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Easy Pronunciation, by Living Language (Audiobook)
“More than nine million Americans do not speak English well or at all (according to the 2000 U.S. Census), and only two million of those adults can afford the time and cost required to enroll in an ESOL class. This comprehensive self-study course offers an affordable—and highly effective—alternative to classroom study. Easy Pronunciation is for all levels of ESOL students as well as native speakers with strong regional accents.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Easy English Vocabulary, by Living Language (Audiobook)
“Brand new audio-only ESL program. A good vocabulary is critical for communication, and this program teaches students the most important words they need to get by in English. This two-hour recording is perfect for learning on the go, and for studying vocabulary while commuting, running errands, or at the gym. Key Features16 lessons, each focused on a specific theme. Themes include hobbies, law & government, sports & recreation, and more. Each lesson includes words, definitions and a dialogue.” (Overdrive description)

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