Clive Oxenden and Christina Latham-Koenig
Four-skills American English course with a communicative methodology, engaging texts, and a strong pronunciation syllabus - designed to get students speaking.
- Level: High beginner to High-Intermediate
With texts and topics that make learners want to speak, American English File is the course that gets students talking.
It gives you full skills coverage with a clear focus on pronunciation, plus wide-ranging support and resources too.
Resources include iTools for interactice whiteboard or data projector, Test Generator CD-ROMs, DVDs, Multi-ROMs, and websites.
The highly popular teacher's site has extra lesson ideas and resources for you to download.
- Student Book with Online Skills Practice
- Student Book and Workbook MultiPacks
- Teacher's Book
- Workbook with Multi-ROM Pack
- Class Audio CDs
- Test Generator CD-ROM
- iTools interactive whiteboard materials
- Great texts that motivate students to talk
- Four-skills syllabus with a clear focus on pronunciation
- Level-specific features to address learners' different needs
- iTools digital resources for whiteboard or data projector
- Online Skills materials offers further practice in all four skills
- Test Generator CD-ROMs
- Online support, resources, and lesson ideas (Teacher Link)
This is the authors' golden rule when they choose texts and topics for every level of American English File.
It ensures you get material that learners will enjoy reading and will want to talk about. Texts such as 'Could you live without money?' really help to generate opinion and discussion.
They create a desire to communicate.
Having created the desire, American English File then helps you to develop learners' communication skills. One way it does this is with a strong focus on pronunciation.
Research shows that poor pronunciation is a major contributor to breakdowns in communication (Jennifer Jenkins: The Phonology of English as an International Language).
American English File integrates pronunciation into every lesson - the 'little and often' approach. But that's not all.
The unique English File Sounds Chart puts a picture to each sound in the phonetic alphabet, so learners find it easier to remember the sounds and, ultimately, improve their pronunciation.
The easy functionality allows you to hide and reveal sections, enlarge items for discussion, highlight areas you want students to focus on and call up audio at the click of a mouse.
Inbuilt additional resources, and the facility to add links to website pages, reduces your preparation time and the ability to switch between Student Book and Workbook means marking can be done as a class, saving time on this too.
Skills, especially speaking, have traditionally been more difficult to practice outside of class, but digital technology now makes this possible.
But what exactly does it deliver, and how do students get access to it?
Access comes from a code at the back of the Student’s Book. Students just put in the code, click on the website link, and register.
As for the material ... well, that’s completely new and unavailable anywhere else – it’s exclusive to the skills practice website.
The site has speaking and writing functionality, which means students can record their speaking and save their writing then submit those pieces to their teacher for marking. For listening and reading, students get instant feedback on their answers.
And because Online Skills Practice works as a self-study resource, we’ve made sure there’s plenty of support available. As well as the instant feedback there are tips for every task, a built-in dictionary look-up feature, and speaking and writing models for the activities.
Finally it gives you, the teacher, an extra way to assess your students’ progress in all four skills.