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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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    недостатков нет.



Word Stories: silhouette
30/03/2012

Word Stories: silhouette
Steve Taylore-Knowles looks at the stories behind the English language.

Eponyms, names for things derived from people's names, are peppered throughout the English language, like a kind of social history of people who were important at one time or another. The word sandwich is a famous example, named after the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who (so the story goes) was so intent on gambling that he ate meat between slices of bread so that he didn't have to leave the card table. Another, imported from France, is silhouette, after Etienne de Silhouette, a finance minister during the reign of Louis XV.

Before photography was invented and became affordable, ordinary people who wanted a likeness of their loved ones had few options beyond expensive portraits. One solution, popular in the 18th and early 19th centuries, was to make silhouettes (originally called shades), usually consisting of a black outline of a person's head and shoulders. The simplest were cut from black paper, but more advanced examples involved the subject sitting between a candle and a sheet of oiled paper held by a frame. The artist could then draw the outline from life, sometimes adding shading for a 3-dimensional effect. This outline could then be reproduced in various sizes, much as we might get a photograph enlarged or reduced today.

How Etienne de Silhouette came to give his name to the art form is not entirely clear. He was himself a silhouettist, but it is also possible that it was a sarcastic reference to the short term that he spent as France's Controleur-General (Minister of Finance) – a mere eight months – or to his severe taxation policies. Interestingly, his appointment was influenced by Madame de Pompadour, Louis XV's mistress, who also gave her name to something: a hairstyle which involved pulling the hair at the front up and over a pad to give it extra height. Unfortunately, the word pompadour went the way of all fashion – into obscurity – while silhouette widened its meaning to include a dark outline against a lighter background, giving it a life beyond the technological changes that made the art form almost obsolete. I say 'almost' obsolete because a number of silhouette enthusiasts around the world keep it alive, not to mention street artists who 'take' silhouettes for tourist cash. To find out more, check out The Silhouette Parlour at http://www.edobarn.demon.co.uk/Parlour.html

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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