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Discussion

Currently available:
The English Course - Discussion Book 1
The English Course - Discussion Book 2

Coming soon:
The English Course - Discussion Book 3 (2018/2019)

Main Features at a Glance:
● Integrated package: textbook, CD & self-study web site
● Designed for lower intermediate level
● Designed to fit into the 30-week academic year
● Interesting topics for students to discuss
● Wide variety of character nationalities and accents
● 12 audio conversations (Book 1); 6 conversations & 6 lectures (Book 2)

● Audio clips available on CD and online
● Additional audio material online
● At least 6 interactive activities per unit on the web site
● Full & free online support
● Student online activities can be tracked fully by the teacher
● Audio clips downloadable to digital devices
● Auto-marking online tests and downloadable paper tests on the web site

Aims and Components
The English Course is an integrated lower intermediate English language course for students from false beginner to intermediate levels. Discussion Book 1 and Book 2 are lower intermediate level courses intended for college and university students. Book 1 in particular is also suitable for senior high school students. The courses are designed to promote critical thinking and extensive discussion about a variety of interesting and important issues. Each unit includes two sets of discussion questions, a lecture or conversation audio clip, reading and vocabulary activities and an end of unit task. Each unit is designed to take three 90-minute classroom periods and the course therefore fits into a university year. The classroom work is reinforced with a writing exercise and an online study centre with additional exercises and tests. Though primarily designed as a discussion course, the amount of material and flexibility in the design of each unit allows the book to also be taught with the focus as a listening and note-taking course, a four skills course, or as a task-based language course.

Syllabus and Content

Discussion Book 1
Unit 1 - Vacations
● How to choose the best place for a vacation
● How to ask for and give opinions
Unit 2 - Movies
● Kinds of movies that are liked or disliked and the reasons why
● How to think about the criteria needed for discussing topics
Unit 3 - Dating
● Dating and who should pay on a date
● How to agree and disagree
Unit 4 - Part-time Jobs
● Students working in part-time jobs
● How to give reasons for opinions
Unit 5 - Learning English
● Attitudes to learning English
● How to support reasons
Unit 6 - Hopes and Dreams
● Future hopes and dreams
● How to ask questions about other people's ideas and reasons
Unit 7 - Image
● The importance people attach to image
● How to ask for and give opinions
Unit 8 - Eating Out
● Kinds of food that are liked or disliked and and where to eat out
● How to think about the criteria needed for discussing topics
Unit 9 - Family
● Family relationships
● How to agree and disagree
Unit 10 - Social Networking
● The good and bad points of social networking
● How to give reasons for opinions
Unit 11 - Interests
● subtopic1
● How to support reasons
Unit 12 - Spending Money
● How young people spend their money
● How to ask questions about other people's ideas and reasons
Appendix 1
● Transcripts of audio material for Units 1-12
Appendix 2
● Language and Skills

Discussion Book 2
Unit 1 – Technology
● How technology has changed lives in recent years
● Changes we may see in the near future
Unit 2 – Travel
● The good points and bad points of overseas travel
● Whether it is better to travel on a package tour or independently
Unit 3 – Culture
● What culture means
● How cultures differ from one another
● How one's culture relates to global culture
Unit 4 – Volunteering
● The reasons why people do voluntary work
● The positive and negative points of voluntary organisations
Unit 5 – Beliefs
● What one believes and does not believe
● Where one's beliefs came from
Unit 6 – Ads and Commercials
● Whether ads and commercials are a good or bad thing
● The things which make ads or commercials interesting or effective
Unit 7 – The News
● How important it is to follow the news
● How to choose the news for a tv programme
Unit 8 – Study Abroad
● How students feel about studying abroad
● The benefits and difficulties of going to study overseas
Unit 9 – Ecotourism
● The meaning of ecotourism
● The good points and bad points of tourism
Unit 10 – Education
● Education at the high school level
● What students liked and didn't like about high school
● How high school education could be improved
Unit 11 – The Environment
Various environmental problems
● How environmental problems can be solved
Unit 12 – International Marriage
The advantages and disadvantages of dating/marrying a foreigner
Appendix 1
● Transcripts of audio material for Units 1-12
Appendix 2
● Language and Skills

Watch the video below for a quick introduction to the The English Course - Discussion series.

 

Discussion Book 2 cover image
Study Centre image
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Discussion Book 3 cover image