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  • Exam Success, Marina Baeva (Moscow)

    The way to real success.

    Достоинства:

    A book “Exam Success” is a real addition to every student’s book of any publishers if you desire to pass the exam in English successfully. In this book there are various exercises which are developing different skills in Listening, Reading, Grammar and Vocabulary, Writing and Speaking. Listening has three parts: Matching, Choosing between three-option answers: TRUE, FALSE, NOT STATED, Choosing one of the three options in multiple choice questions. Reading also has three parts: Matching, Inserting clauses into gaps in a text, Multiple choice questions about a text. Grammar and Vocabulary has three parts, too: Correcting forms grammatically, World building, Multiple-choice cloze. Writing has two parts: Informal letter and Opinion essay. Speaking has three units covering useful skills for RSE Speaking: Monologue and Dialogue. Each unit is divided into two sections which teach general skills and apply these skills to the RSE format. Each chapter ends with suggested approach which is useful to build a strategy in preparing for RSE. Exercises are very interesting for teenagers, because they are close to their lives. They are also interesting for teachers, because they are clear to explain, practice and focus students. In this book mechanisms of modern teaching work completely.

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    No shortcomings

  • Очень хорошее пособие

    Для страноведения на начальном этапе обучения - незаменимая книга.

    Достоинства:

    Достоинство этой книги в том, что Macmillan разработал учебное пособие, которое можно использовать не только при уровне Intermediate и выше (как многие другие пособия), но и на этапе обучения, когда уже знаешь не мало, но еще и не много, а именно Pre-Intermediate. Есть возможность познакомить как детей, так и взрослых с историей, обычаями и традициями страны, язык которой они изучают. Книга оформлена очень красочно внутри, что позволяет не только читать, но и отвлечься на пару минут и уделить внимание иллюстрациям. Интересные факты выделены отдельным цветом, что тоже очень здорово и познавательно! Но, и конечно, упражнения в конце книги позволяют собрать воедино всю полученную информацию и посмотреть в каком направлении стоит поработать.

    Недостатки:

    Единственный недостаток, который отмечен, это история Англии. Не смотря на то, что она написана вкратце, все равно получается объемно и для некоторых читателей немного скучно.

  • Отличный подарок

    Отличный подарок как для деток небольшого возраста, так и для взрослых людей, начинающих погружаться в увлекательный мир английского языка.

    Достоинства:

    Красочный, ярко проиллюстрированный словарь даёт возможность наглядно выучить слова по популярным темам. Интерактивный диск, который дополняет данную книгу, в игровой форме поможет быстро и интересно выучить лексику. Английский в удовольствие - вот главное достоинство пособия! Ребята с интересом работают на уроке. Всегда ждут новой темы для пополнения своего словарного запаса новыми словами.

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Word Stories: gossipmonger
12:00 28/11/2011

Word Stories: gossipmonger

Steve Taylore-Knowles looks at the stories behind the English language.

Behind every word there is history. And in the case of English, that’s often a history that combines elements from different languages. Take a word like gossipmonger (someone who habitually spreads rumours). It’s composed of two parts, the noun gossip and the suffix –monger. The same suffix can be seen in words like fishmonger and ironmonger. The root of it is ultimately the Latin word mango (trader or dealer). Since it’s been in use in English and other Germanic languages for a very long time, though, it tends to refer to trades that are disappearing from the modern world. The streets of London used to be full of costermongers (street sellers of fruit and vegetables), so-called for the costardes they sold, a kind of apple, but now Londoners are more likely to get their fruit and vegetables from the nearest Sainsbury’s. The form can also be seen in the term warmonger, a word that perhaps has become more common in recent times.

The history of gossip can be traced back to Old English. In Beowulf, the epic poem written in the 8th century AD and a key part of the roots of English literature, the writer uses the adjective sib (closely related). The noun sib (relatives, kinsfolk) is now very rare but still survives in anthropology, where it is a technical term for kinship groups. From it, we get sibling (brother or sister). In Old English, it formed part of the word godsibb (godmother, godfather). The b’s became p’s, it lost the d (as did gospel) and the word became gossip. It also came to mean ‘friend’, and was specifically applied to a woman’s friends who were invited to be present at a birth. A birth was clearly a social occasion, when women got together with their friends and talked. Gradually, women have stopped inviting friends over for a chat when they give birth, but we’ve kept the word and now use it to refer to the chat.

Biographical Information:

Steve-Taylore-Knowles-2.jpgSteve Taylore-Knowles has spent almost two decades in ELT as a writer, a trainer, an examiner and a teacher. He holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Warwick, and is a Licentiate of Trinity College, London.

He has written a number of internationally-successful courses, including the five-level Laser series for teenagers and Macmillian Exam Skill for Russia series.


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