English vocabulary in use đánh giá

An essential reference & practice resource for school libraries.Authors: Michael McCarthy and Feliđô thị O’DellPublisher: Cambridge University PressComponents reviewed: Self-study book with CD ROMFull title: English Vocabulary in Use Upper-intermediate Third EditionISBN: 978-1107600942yst_is_cornerstone:
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English Vocabulary in Use


The English Vocabulary in Use books have been around for a long time và are, I feel, invaluable classroom resources, so I was eager to see how the lachạy thử edition fared.

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As in previous editions, the book is comprised of stand-alone units offering clear explanations và practice exercises which are ideal for supplementary class materials or self-study practice.

The book has 100 Units practising different vocabulary areas. There are 35 general topic-based units covering areas such as the weather, describing people, education, food, health, crime, money, and many more. The next nine units then look in more detail at feelings and actions, covering beliefs, likes, feelings and senses. These units also dealt with commenting on problematic situations & ways of offering praise & criticism, which I felt were useful areas lớn cover. Basic concepts, including time, quantity, dimensions, texture, are covered in the next ten-unit section. Linking words, word formation, words và pronunciation, (un)countable nouns & phrasal verbs all have individual sections of at least three units each after that. The final section introduces variety and style and looks at (in)formal language, similes, proverbs, plus a final unit on American English.

Each lesson consists of two pages opposite each other, with one page dedicated khổng lồ explanations of the vocabulary, including the use of charts và graphs, & example sentences khổng lồ help with understanding. Pictures và diagrams are also used to lớn reinforce explanations & to lớn maintain visual appeal. The second of each two-page has four khổng lồ five sầu practice exercises, including gapfill exercises, word & definition matches, verb- noun- adjective sầu transformations, and crosswords. In places authentic-looking headlines, emails & articles are used to highlight the new vocabulary in context.

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A CD-ROM is included which provides a chạy thử section for each unit & progress check exercises. These are very useful, although it would have sầu been nice in this lakiểm tra edition to see some more modern-feeling activities. However, it is generally very useful khổng lồ have this CD ROM, particularly the reference section – unit by unit, or alphabetically- with dictionary definitions and both UK & USA pronunciation. A small niggle is that it comes in an envelope in the back cover of the book which once opened cannot hold the CD ROM securely.

I really liked the opening four units which are dedicated lớn tips on how khổng lồ learn vocabulary và record it. The book also includes an answer key, making it good for self-study practice, if this is preferred. The ease of reference the Index & the detailed Contents page offer are invaluable. The vocabulary listed in the Index is usefully accompanied by a phonetic symbol, although it should be noted this is British pronunciation only.

In places I felt the vocabulary could have sầu been further extended for this Upper Intermediate cấp độ audience. For example, the weather vocabulary could have sầu included phenomena such as tsunamày, typhoon, tornavày và blizzard; natural occurrences which hit the world news regularly. The computing and communications section could have sầu been brought even more up to date with mention of 4G networks, instead of just wifi. Social networking has moved far beyond Facebook which was the only site mentioned & showing a little more tech-saviness here might have helped keep the book up khổng lồ date for longer. Although the book is by no means complete (what vocabulary practice book could be?), I feel many essential components are effectively introduced and practised, and that the book is well pitched for this Upper Intermediate level.

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I don’t think any resource library is complete without a reference book such as this, & I’d certainly recommkết thúc this book. It offers a practical look at a wide range of vocabulary areas suitable for Upper Intermediate level students.


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