An Exceptional, Practical Book

Image of Reading English News on the Internet: A Guide to Connectors, Verbs, Expressions, and Vocabulary for the ESL Student
Author: David Petersen
Publisher: (2007)
Binding: Paperback, 220 pages

This outstanding resource, designed for our 21st century English language learners and ESL teachers, fills a critical gap. Providing practical exercises that explain 94 confusing idioms that fill news articles from the BBC, VOA, and CNN, this text helps Japanese ESL students become better news customers, critical readers, and world citizens. As an English teacher who works with international students develop their writing skills, I found these exercises exceptional. And as somebody considering working in Japan and quite familiar with the general version, I'm impressed with the significant tailoring of this bilingual edition.

"Reading English News on the Internet for the ESL Student" also includes chapter quizzes to test and re-enforce vocabulary and skills - in both languages! While the news idioms chapter stood out as the strongest aspect, I also found the sections on connectors and vocabulary very effective - especially for computer labs and homework. The section quiz on connectors will become my pre-test for my next class on academic writing. The book's clear, concise structure will allow me to individualize assignments, focusing on the connectors that students missed. These 28 connectors, each explained in a lucid manner, will improve the cohesion and flow of ESL student essays and reports.
In short, I strongly recommend this information-packed, up-to-date ESL/EFL text for intermediate and advanced English students, IEP programs, and English language trainers.

Finally, don't be surprised if this multi-dimensional book becomes a classic ESL textbook!


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