Author(s): Nicola Prentis
Real English for life beyond the classroom English in the real world is constantly evolving, and learners need to move with it. But sometimes the English you can learn from your coursebook just isn't enough for real life. Using real everyday language, English for Life: Speaking (B2+) will help you to sound natural, clear and confident. > Hear the language people really use when they are speaking > CD with over 100 model conversations and practice exercises > Useful tips to increase your understanding of tone, slang and social context Includes practice of: * Dealing with difficult conversations * Expressing annoyance and anger * Showing sympathy * Convincing * Being tactful About the series: What is it? Collins' innovative English for Life series adds the extra bit of authenticity to your studies that traditional coursebooks often lack. The series includes helpful up-to-date and relevant topics needed to get by in English and uses authentic material from the Collins Corpus, the world's largest database of the English language. How can the series be used? The series can be used for independent study (self-study) and extra assignments, it's a great supplement to existing coursebooks, and the books can also be used as stand-alone coursebooks for short courses. All books have accompanying teacher resources available online. What levels are available? There are three levels available: A2 (Pre-intermediate) B1+ (Intermediate) B2+ (Upper intermediate)
About the Collins English for Life series: '... superb, attractively packaged series [...] excellent support for candidates preparing for the Cambridge FCE and higher [...] work on the topics, skills and current needs of the language learner [...] may be used in various ways: either by learners alone, by teachers, or by teacher trainers on language development courses.' Wayne Trotman, EL Gazette, August 2012 About English for Life: Speaking (B1+) : '...gets to the core of what is required to communicate appropriately [...] Particularly useful are the cultural notes and related tasks'. Wayne Trotman, EL Gazette, August 2012
After six years teaching in Europe, Australia and Asia, Nicola Prentis did an MA in ELT in York, England. Nicola then continued teaching abroad but took a new interest in designing materials. In 2010, she started writing graded readers and contributed to coursebooks and digital content for various publishers. She finds it difficult to stay in one place and has lived in 12 cities in 12 years. At present she's happily living in Madrid but is very tempted by Burlington, Vermont, USA.