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Classroom Textbooks in English as a Foreign Language from the U.S. Information Service


Listening/Speaking/Reading/Writing

Day by Day
Dean Curry

  • intermediate
  • listening/speaking skills
  • culture
A supplemental text designed to help develop oral skills, with emphasis on formulating and asking questions. The 26 units are based on short readings (averaging 100 words) that supply general information needed for the oral practice. The basic themes of everyday life and activities are illustrated with simple line drawings to provide further context. Glossary included.
text 67 pp; audiocassette


Developing Writing
Patricia Wilcox Peterson

  • beginning/intermediate
  • writing
  • culture
Twenty chapters, each introduced by a reading selection incorporating the lesson s model structures, mechanics, and grammar points, followed by composition, vocabulary, and spelling activities. An irregular verbs list, grammar rule index, and answer keys are appended. text 143 pp


Dialogs for Everyday Use
Julia M. Dobson

  • intermediate
  • listening/speaking
  • grammar
A collection of 30 situational dialogs which focus on a wide variety of communicative and natural encounters in English. Each dialog is accompanied by a contextualized illustration and by language notes that provide useful information on grammar and intonation patterns. See also More Dialogs for Everyday Use. Text 56 pp; audiocassette


Easy Does It
Dean Curry

  • beginning
  • speaking/reading
  • grammar
A supplemental beginning level text (1,000 word-level) consisting of 12 chapters of very short, simple readings dealing with people and what they do. The visuals reinforce the information given in the present, present progressive, present perfect, and past tenses. In addition, work on the use of going to + infinitive and the modals, can, could, may, might, and will is treated in two chapters.
Text 60 pp; audiocassette


Experiencing English
Dean Curry

  • beginning
  • speaking/reading
  • grammar
Twelve units consisting of very short, simple readings that focus on the people in the illustrations. Exercises are based on a 1,000-word level vocabulary (using present, present progressive, present perfect, and past tenses) and provide for grammar and communicative language practice. Text 60 pp;audiocassette.


Kaleidoscope: EFL Activities in Speaking and Writing
Dean Curry

  • intermediate/advanced
  • speaking/writing
  • grammar
This text provides an interesting range of language activities designed for a change of pace in the EFL classroom. The activities are of two major types: functional, and cultural information. The illustrations serve as stimuli to motivate student interest and to stimulate communicative interchanges. Answer key appended. text 52 pp.


Letter Writing in English
Anna Maria Malkoc

  • intermediate
  • writing
  • ESP, business English
A simple collection of 34 sample letters illustrating formats, expressions, and vocabulary commonly used for writing social letters (apologies, condolences, congratulations, invitations, thank-you s) and business letters (acknowledgments, applications, complaints, invitations, orders, requests). Most models include both formal and informal styles. Appended are a page of postcard greetings, a glossary, and zip code abbreviations. Text 26 pp


More Dialogs for Everyday Use
Dean Curry

  • intermediate/advanced
  • speaking
  • grammar
The 36 situation-based dialogs aim to present spoken American English in a relatively natural way. Similar in format and pedagogy to Dialogs for Everyday Use, but with longer conversational episodes. Includes short Language Notes. See also Dialogs for Everyday Use.Text 36 pp.; audiocassette


Plays for Reading: Using Drama in EFL
Thomas Kral, Editor

  • advanced
  • reading
  • plays
  • teacher training
The title notwithstanding, Plays for Reading is more a text for speaking and listening than it is for reading comprehension. Students become actors interpreting the written text, and the English classroom becomes a rehearsal hall with the focus placed upon putting on a play. Included are one act plays by William Saroyan, William Inge, Tennessee Williams, Nathanial Hawthorne and others. The appendix includes two articles on different approaches for using drama in the EFL classroom. Text 180 pp.


Right Reading
Dean Curry

  • beginning
  • reading
  • culture
This text assumes a basic knowledge of English structure and vocabulary, similar to Proceeding in English. Exercises focus primarily on developing reading and vocabulary. Verb lists are appended. Text 68 pp; audiocassette


Talking English
Dean Curry

  • intermediate/advanced
  • speaking/listening
This text consists of 62 short conversations or snippets of talk, eaturing a broad range of discussion areas. Accompanying word lists and oral skills development exercises are based on each conversation.Text 124 pp; audiocassette


The Way It Is
Dean Curry

  • beginning
  • speaking/reading/writing
Each of the 15 units in this supplementary textbook is introduced by a brief paragraph designed to stimulate speaking and writing practice. Verb tenses emphasized are the present, present progressive, and simple past. Diary type readings are used in many of the chapters to aid students identity with the writer and events depicted. Additional activities include dictation, grammar, and cloze practice exercises. Text 50 pp; audiocassette


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