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)

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)

What’s new in our Learning English collection?

Lots! From beginners to IELTS, there is something for everyone! This collection is available at Johnsonville, Karori, Central, Newtown, Kilbirnie and Miramar libraries. There is also a small trial collection available at Tawa.
Here are a few examples:

Syndetics book coverSing with me! : English grammar, conversation and song. Book 1 / Carmel Davies and Sharon Duff.
Sing with me is a collection of fifteen songs and accompanying exercises for students learning English and others who enjoy learning through music. The songs are a starting point for language practice. Each song is followed by five language exercises: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, reading and writing, and conversation. The songs also stand alone for class enjoyment and group cohesion. They convey important cultural knowledge and describe settling into a new environment, language development and daily activities. The lyrics are poetic with simple rhymes and a pinch of humour. They are accompanied by infectious rhythms. The book includes answers and a CD recording of each song.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSkills for effective writing. 1, [Student’s book].
“Students are better writers when they master discrete writing skills. Skills for Effective Writing teaches these skills, such as identifying topic sentences and recognizing irrelevant information, and offers extensive practice opportunities. When students master discrete skills, all of their writing improves. This allows teachers to focus their time and feedback on the content of student work.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAfrican adventure / Julia Allen and Margaret Iggulden.
“‘You must talk to this medicine woman for me.’ ‘But why me? Why don’t you use a Kenyan?’ asked Karen. ‘Because I want it to be a secret. And you don’t know anyone here.’ Karen Dunn is on her way to Africa to help a famous doctor. The doctor needs Karen’s help to find a cure for river blindness. However, Dr McCall starts to behave strangely. Does he want to help the African people? What’s really going on? Level 3 1,000 headwords Story word count: 5,725.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverReading and vocabulary focus. 1 / Jo McEntire ; series consultant Lawrence J. Zwier.
“A comprehensive, three-part vocabulary development program builds student confidence as learners encounter new or unfamiliar words in academic texts: Academic Vocabulary sections develop the language that students will encounter in academic readings. Multiword Vocabulary sections identify words that are commonly grouped together and then prompt learners to work with them in different contexts for enhanced comprehension. Topic Vocabulary is presented as a reading preview strategy to enhance learner comprehension of the text.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBob Marley / Vicky Shipton.
“Extensive reading improves fluency and there is a real need in the ELT classroom for motivating, contemporary graded material that will instantly appeal to students. Bob Marley was one of the world’s most influential reggae artists, famous for his ground-breaking music and strong Rastafarian beliefs.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe complete guide to IELTS. Student’s book : Band 5.5-7+ / Bruce Rogers, Nick Kenny.
The Complete Guide to IELTS deconstructs the IELTS test and works systematically through each paper, covering all task types, text types and skills. No stone is left unturned. The material can be used in class or by students working on the own.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCollins easy learning English conversation 2 : the easiest way to improve your spoken English / [written by Elizabeth Walter and Kate Woodford]
Collins Easy Learning English Conversation: Book 2 is a unique guide to communicating in English. Building on the phrases and vocabulary learnt in Book 1, it has been specially designed for intermediate-level learners who want to communicate successfully and with confidence in everyday situations, at work, or when traveling or studying.” (Syndetics summary)

Learning English

Kia ora and happy new year to you all!

What’s new in the Learning English collection? Heaps! Here are some examples from beginners to IELTS!

Syndetics book coverPicture this! : learning English through pictures. 1 / Tim Harris, Allan Rowe.
“”Picture This!: Learning English Through Pictures,” by Tim Harris, and illustrated by Allan Rowe, is a two-level multiskills course that enables beginning students to master the core language needed for effective communication in English. Eight distinctively illustrated chapters that use engaging, original art provide everything a teacher needs to introduce key vocabulary and systematically present new grammar structures. A colorful cast of characters personalizes the themes presented in each chapter, and makes learning more enjoyable. The program’s integrated skills approach includes a strong writing component, with activities designed to promote the rapid development of listening, speaking, and reading skills.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEasy English step-by-step for ESL learners / Danielle Pelletier.
“You’ve come to the right place for learning English quickly and easily! This book is based on the idea that the quickest route to learning this subject is building a solid foundation in the basics. The first steps introduce you to the everyday expressions of the English language, allowing you to communicate in a variety of everyday situations almost immediately.” (Back Cover)

Syndetics book coverHarry’s holiday / Antoinette Moses.
“The graded readers series of original fiction, adapted fiction and factbooks especially written for teenagers. Harry doesn’t live a typical teenage life. His dad works away from home and his mother needs a lot of help, so he can’t see his friends after school or at weekends. Then Harry sees a competition – a chance for his family to take a break. But the competition changes Harry’s life more than he could ever expect.” (Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverSpeaking / Rhona Snelling.
“This book gives you everything you need to improve your pre-intermediate speaking skills for the IELTS speaking test. Comes with complete IELTS speaking practice test, answer keys, glossary, audio scripts and audio CD provided.” (Back Cover)

Our Learning English collection is available at Central, Johnsonville, Karori, Miramar, Kilbirnie and Newtown libraries. The collection at Central library has moved to the first floor next to the foreign language books.

听说写, 学英文

Learn English from Chinese using our Overdrive eBook and eAudiobook collections.

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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New learning English books!

It’s a new year, and there are lots of new books to help you with English!

There is something for everyone, from beginners to more advanced. Here are a few examples:

Syndetics book coverJourney through Arabia / Andy Hopkins.
More than two thousand years ago, traders brought spices and incense by camel caravan across deserts and mountains from the south of Arabia to the Mediterranean Sea. This is the story of that journey, and of the rich and beautiful cities on the way.

This is a Penguin Active Reading book, elementary level with 600 headwords and is supported by an interactive CD-ROM which contains additional activities and the complete audio recording. (from book cover)

Syndetics book coverSkills for effective writing. 1, [Student’s book].    
Students are better writers when they master discrete writing skills.
Features:
* Clear and easy-to-understand presentation of each writing skill.
* Extensive practice so that students can truly master each important aspect of writing.
* Skill quizzes to give teachers a snapshot of students’ understanding.
* Stimulating academic themes to keep students engaged.
(from book cover)

Syndetics book coverWork on your grammar. Elementary A1.
This is a new practice book that will help you to improve your spoken and written English. Work through the exercises and see the difference good grammar can make to your success in Englsih. This books is suitable for self-study and classroom use. It has an answer key so you can check your progress. (from book cover)

Are you new to Wellington? Have you heard of Newcomers Network? The Wellington Newcomers Network (WNN) was initiated at the end of 2013 at the request of Wellington City Council in conjunction with the Multi Cultural Services Centre. Its aim is to support relatively new arrivals in Wellington in building up contacts and friends and to provide them with an opportunity to savour some of the social activities that Wellington has to offer with others in order to enhance their lives and feel settled quickly in their new home town. For more information visit them on Facebook!
They have some great social events organised!

Prepare for IELTS and TOEFL at the Library

Are you taking the IELTS or TOEFL test soon?

Be as prepared as possible for your test by practicing at Wellington City Libraries. The best way to prepare is to practice, practice, practice! The Library has lots of books, CDs, and software to help you with your English study. The Library also has tests from previous years and useful vocabulary lists to boost your study.

You can find more information about studying English here, or check out our Languages page to find information about the Libraries in your native language.

Test yourself and create a study plan

The best way to begin your IELTS/TOEFL study is to complete a practice test and mark it. This will help you to identify your strengths and weaknesses and create a study plan. The Wellington City Libraries have many copies of official Cambridge IELTS tests from previous years, as well as the Official Guide to the TOEFL.

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The official guide to the new TOEFL IBT/ ETS

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Cambridge IELTS. 8 : examination papers from University of Cambridge ESOL examinations.

Work on your skills

Once you’ve identified your current level and a few things you need to work on, create a study plan. Write down which skills you are going to work on and how. Then look for study guides that will help you improve your skills. Here’s a few books that might help:

Syndetics book coverCollins COBUILD key words for IELTS. Book 1, Starter.

Improve your IELTS listening & speaking skills / Barry Cusack, Sam McCarter.

Syndetics book coverFocus on IELTS / Sue O’Connell.

Syndetics book coverImprove your IELTS reading skills / Sam McCarter, Norman Whitby.

Practice Online

IELTS study books are very popular, so the one you want might not always be available. Don’t worry, you can still study! If you are a Wellington Libraries member, you can access Road to IELTS software online. There are training modules for both the general and the academic test, and it’s all free for you to use.

If you need any help finding IELTS and TOEFL material at the Library, please ask the friendly staff for help.

Good Luck!

New learning English books!

Our Learning English collection has something for everyone! Books to help you with grammar, reading comprehension, writing, speaking and listening, dictionaries, fiction and non-fiction. We also host a group of students every Wednesday morning at Newtown library. They choose their books carefully and then have the opportunity to read aloud with some of our librarians.

I have noticed that a lot of the students prefer reading stories about well known people such as Pele, Mother Theresa and Michael Jackson.

Syndetics book coverNelson Mandela / Rowena Akinyemi.
One of the most popular books is about a very special person who was born in 1918. This child was given the name Rolihlahla, which means ‘troublemaker’ in the Xhosa language. At the age of seven, Rolihlahla went to school, the only one of his brothers and sisters to do so. And it was on his first day at school that his teacher, Miss Mdingane, gave him the English name of Nelson, the name which later became world famous! If you want to know more about his life, his tireless struggle for human rights, the happiness and sadness of family life this is an excellent read. For advanced readers of English, this book comes with an audio CD. It also has a glossary and before and after reading activities to help you understand the story.

Students often use dictionaries to help them with their studies. Did you know we have dictionaries in many community languages? They can be issued for 3 weeks. Here are some examples from our extensive collection!

Syndetics book coverBurmese-English English-Burmese dictionary / by Nance Cunningham, Aung Soe Min.
A practical dictionary for English speakers, including pronunciation and writing guide, chart of Burmese letters, and sections in Burmese script and and Burmese sound.

Syndetics book coverEnglish-Somali, Somali-English dictionary = Ingirisi Soomaali, Soomaali Ingirisi qaamuus / Maxamud Jaamac Qoorsheel.

Syndetics book coverOxford essential Arabic dictionary : English-Arabic, Arabic-English.
“This essential resource offers up-to-date coverage of the day-to-day vocabulary of English and Arabic, with more than 16,000 words, phrases, and translations.” (Syndetics summary