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ESL Vocabulary Books Review
In this section, we highlight books for teaching vocabulary to ESL learners. If you know of a good addition (with focus on vocabulary) to an ESL teacher bookshelf, please let us know here.

Friday, January 22, 2010

ESL Book: Walk, Amble, Stroll

 
 
Authors: Kathryn Trump, Sherry Trechter, Dee Ann Holinsky
 
Level 1: High-Beginning

Publisher: Heinle&Heinle
 
General Description: An excellent textbook devoted to vocabulary building with a rich variety of activities. There  are 4 units organized around vocabulary domains (themes):
  • It’s About Time!
  • Let’s Eat
  • It’s a Material World
  • All About People
 
Pros:
  • Lots of illustrations clarifying the meanings of the words
  • Illustrations and charts serve as a visual for classroom discussions
  • Contextualized, words are used in short readings
    Practice exercises follow a progression from simple to more challenging
  • Discussion or writing questions are provided
    Mainly black-and-white, photocopier friendly
  • Includes a short grammar guide relevant to the target vocabulary
 
Cons:
  • No definitions are provided for the new vocabulary (no glossary either)
  • Some vocabulary seems to be appropriate for higher level students (low intermediate or intermediate), including idiomatic expressions
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 7:41 PM   3 Comments  Add Comment



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