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)

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!