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markmarkov
13-12-2007, 12:54
I have a question for English teachers:
What is the best book for teaching intermediate English? It would be nice if it has lots of pictures and various scenarios such as "going to the store", "finding directions", etc. as well as business language lessons. And where do I get such a book in Moscow?

alterego
13-12-2007, 14:17
You seem to be asking what the best book is and at the same time telling what the best book is.
I think the best book for a beginner would have a lot of pictures but I don't think that the best book for an intermediate student would have so many pictures. But I'm sure you will find a teacher or two that will not agree with me.
I also don't think that there is 'a' best book. Intermediate level students can be quite varied in their particular problems and short comings.

markmarkov
13-12-2007, 15:05
You seem to be asking what the best book is and at the same time telling what the best book is.
I think the best book for a beginner would have a lot of pictures but I don't think that the best book for an intermediate student would have so many pictures. But I'm sure you will find a teacher or two that will not agree with me.
I also don't think that there is 'a' best book. Intermediate level students can be quite varied in their particular problems and short comings.

Alterego, thanks for your help, I wasn't telling what the best book is, I was asking for a specific name and author. I am a native speaker but have never tought English before.
Thanks,
Mark.

Judge
13-12-2007, 16:02
It would help if you told us if the student is a kid or an adult.

IraM
13-12-2007, 16:56
Supposing your student is an adult focused on both General and Business English you could use almost any multi-level series (Cutting Edge, New Headway etc etc) by Oxford University Press (OUP), Cambridge, Longman, Macmillan etc. Inside Out (Macmillan) Intermediate level is not bad.

Personally I like In Use (Cambridge) series - apart from well-known Murphy (Grammar in Use) you could choose Vocabulary in Use or/and Business Vocabulary in Use (Intermediate level). These are well-structured and could be used as self-study reference and practice books (homework) as well.

Bookshops: (all the biggest) Moskva (Tverskaya Str.), Biblio-Globus (Myasnitskaya Str), Molodaya Gvardiya (Polyanka metro station), Dom Knigi na Novom Arbate.
Also Anglia British Bookshop Англофил.ру - лучший выбор книг из Британии в России (http://www.anglophile.ru)

Or distributors: Britannia Главная (http://www.britannia-elt.ru), Oxford University Press - Relod Англо-русские словари, английские книги и тесты, самоучители языков, учебники английского языка издательства Oxford - магазин Релод (http://www.relod.ru)

The best EFL book? Hardly exists. The best 'tandem' - a good book and a good teacher! Good luck!

Bels
13-12-2007, 17:49
Good post, and now I can't add much more as it's already been stated.

I use Brittania and if you order enough books you can get them delivered to you. Brittania is Moscow's distributer for Pearson, Longmans.
And I would ask for their main catologue in English or look up longmans website for interesting info. I've provided the international and the Moscow site.

Longman English Language Teaching (ELT) (http://www.pearsonlongman.com/)

Представительство издательства Pearson Education (Longman) в России (http://longman.ru/)

Judge
13-12-2007, 18:27
For english books, check out the buy and sell section of this forum,there are loads of cheap decent books for sale .

Bels
13-12-2007, 19:54
For teenagers try New snapshot or New oppunity (Russian version)

There are also many course books designed to prepare students pass Cambridge exams in EFL. PET FCE ADVANCED PROFICIENCY and IELTS

alterego
14-12-2007, 05:42
As IraM said the teacher is an important component here. Whichever book you choose you're going to find your student asking you a lot of grammar rule questions which, since you say you've never taught English before, you're not going to be able to answer. At best you'll find yourself saying "I don't know why but I know that this is the correct way."
Even if you speak perfectly well, you have probably never thought about or had to explain the rules. You will not be able to do this on the fly. I suggest that you buy yourself a grammar book and try to stay at least one chapter ahead of your student.

xSnoofovich
14-12-2007, 11:48
i have a bunch of cheap books for sale, you can come on over and look over all of them and we can talk about you are looking for.

Cerco_divertimento
14-12-2007, 19:42
Everything written above is really fine...

I would just like to add that there's also a book called Basic Survival. It's no more than just short useful dialogues for the situtaions you named - like in the store etc... And by the way - it's in American English which you (as you come from the US) may appreciate a lot!!! There is a blue one (pre-intermediate) and an orange one (I would say low intermediate)

Good luck!!!

Bels
14-12-2007, 19:52
Everything written above is really fine...

I would just like to add that there's also a book called Basic Survival. It's no more than just short useful dialogues for the situtaions you named - like in the store etc... And by the way - it's in American English which you (as you come from the US) may appreciate a lot!!! There is a blue one (pre-intermediate) and an orange one (I would say low intermediate)

Good luck!!!

I recommend you ask longmans.com for their efl catologue. The catologue will have a lot of books for you to select with details of their contents. The catologue is also very informative.

Books will be split with the British and American flags, to inform you of which English the book is.

IraM
15-12-2007, 00:06
More EFL catalogues:

Oxford - www.oup.co.uk/elt
Cambridge - ELT - Cambridge University Press (http://www.cambridge.org/elt)
Macmillan - Welcome (http://www.macmillanenglish.com)
Penguin - UK Book Shop and Online Bookstore - Penguin Books Ltd (http://www.penguin.co.uk)
Thomson-Heinle (their The Language of Meetings by Malcolm Goodale is one of their best!) - www.heinle.com and ELT Home (http://elt.heinle.com/namerica/en_us/)