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Conversations in classTeachers bookStephen Richmond

Alma Publisher infoalmalang.com Tel / fax : 075-771-7039

Kyoto October 2006 Dear Teachers, Thank you for your interest in Conversations in Class. We sincerely hope that it provides what you are looking for in a speaking/conversation textbook.

As full-time teachers and teacher-trainers, we spend much of our time working on the content of our textbooks, testing everything in class and constantly revising content to make each lesson as polished and practical as possible. As an unfortunate consequence of this, some errors tend to creep into the book at the final layout stage (just as they find their way into many textbooks by larger and more professional publishers). While many of these have little impact on the success of the class, some may cause confusion or misunderstanding. Below is a list of the errors in CiC. We offer our sincerest apologies for these faults, and we hope that they do not hamper your teaching too much. (At the same time we are confident that this textbook will help your students to accomplish rich, meaningful, and native-like conversations in class. )The Authors

Page p28 p35 p41 p47 p55 p63 p65 p69 p75 p83 p87 p89 p91 p100 p101 p108

Section Listening exercise 2, line 3 Grammar exercise 1 Vocab box A Dialogue 1 Grammar exercise 1 Grammar exercise 1 Vocab Box E One more structure.. Grammar exercise 2b. Grammar Exercises 2a. Dialogue 1 (4th line from the end) Vocab Box D Grammar exercise 2c. CD numbers Vary Your Speech : Listening Ex 1, line 2

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but it doesnt unnecessary CD 85, CD 86, CD 87 would have to be the time get a job at an advertising

ContentsWhat is Conversations in class ? ............................................................................................................................. ii How to use this book/Sample Classes............................................................................................................iii-iv Explanation of sections .......................................................................................................................................v-vii What is the Immediate Method? ..................................................................................................................viii-ix Frequently asked questions ............................................................................................................................ x-xii Test types ................................................................................................................................................................ xii Progress Sheet ...................................................................................................................................................... xiii Lesson 1a.................................................................................................................................................................. 1-4 Lesson 1b................................................................................................................................................................ 5-8 Lesson 2a .............................................................................................................................................................. 9-11 Lesson 2b........................................................................................................................................................... 12-15 Lesson 3a ............................................................................................................................................................16-20 Lesson 3b..............................................................................................................................................................21-24 Lesson 4a........................................................................................................................................................... 25-29 Lesson 4b........................................................................................................................................................... 30-32 Lesson 5a........................................................................................................................................................... 33-36 Lesson 5b ............................................................................................................................................................37-40 Lesson 6a........................................................................................................................................................... 41-44 Lesson 6b........................................................................................................................................................... 45-48 Lesson 7a........................................................................................................................................................... 49-52 Lesson 7b........................................................................................................................................................... 53-56 Lesson 8a........................................................................................................................................................... 57-61 Lesson 8b........................................................................................................................................................... 62-65 Lesson 9a........................................................................................................................................................... 66-69 Lesson 9b........................................................................................................................................................... 70-73 Lesson 10a ........................................................................................................................................................ 74-77 Lesson 10b ........................................................................................................................................................ 78-81 Lesson 11a .........................................................................................................................................................82-85 Lesson 11b ........................................................................................................................................................ 86-89 Lesson 12a ........................................................................................................................................................ 90-93 Lesson 12b .........................................................................................................................................................94-97 Additional Exercises for One Step Further ............................................................................................. 98-102 Solutions for Additional Exercises for One Step Further................................................................... 103-105 List of Audio Tracks...................................................................................................................................... 106-108

Conversations in Class Teachers Book i

What is Conversations in class ?It is a textbook / workbook aimed at Japanese university students (low intermediate to intermediate level), who need oral practice in authentic, immediately functional English. Its focused purpose is to get students to practise real-time, two-way conversations within the classroom with both their classmates and teacher.

What is it designed to do?Objective 1: Unblock studentsProblem: Intermediate level university students have some knowledge of English, but many of them have never put it to use in the context of real-time conversations. These students need to start conducting simple conversations on a regular basis, in order to build up both their confidence and proficiency. Solution: All the linguistic material in CiC is immediately usable in a conversation, revolving around everyday topics. Basic grammar patterns are presented in an original, comprehensible way.

Objective 2: Help them to sound betterProblem: Native-like conversation is a deeply cultural activity, and Japanese and western cultural codes differ to a great extent. This is why a great many students dont come across as proficient in English, even when their grammatical and lexical ability are sound. Solution: Throughout the textbook, students will be given the opportunity to practice, and incorporate into their speech, simple pragmatic strategies that will allow them to sound more natural when they speak English.

What teaching contexts is it especially appropriate for?Genuine low-intermediate studentsWhy? Because such students have all learnt patterns such as Have you ever -----? or How often do you -----?, but have never put them into practice in the context of meaningful conversations. We have designed CiC so that it is structured enough for the learners to have a solid grammatical foundation, but also free enough for them to construct their own conversations, and negotiate meaning in their own way. We think that this is one of the strengths of our book. We occupy the mid-way point that many textbooks seem to neglect: most are either too grammar-heavy or too vaguely communicative ('go and talk about this').

Mixed-levels classesWhy? Because the simple way Grammar Toolboxes are presented allows the entire cl