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【Communication Spotlight: Sample Video】

In order to become better at oral communication, students need practice—lots! There is no getting around this. Both in terms of input and in terms of output. Such practice helps not only with fluency but with accuracy as well. But as well as allowing for student practice of different functions in English, you can also help draw student attention to some of the aspects of communication. In Communication Spotlight, for instance, students are explicitly introduced to some of the different communication strategies employed in English, strategies that are quite different from those of Japanese. This is a focus too of the Communication Spotlight: Business series. Having students know how to use some of these strategies can considerably increase their confidence in going into communicative situations where their understanding is partial at best. You can also draw student attention to patterns of discourse; many conversations follow quite standard patterns. This is something done in Step Into English. Finally, you can provide students with stock phrases or conversation gambits which they can use in particular situations, an aspect treated by all our communication texts. And as much as possible speaking tasks should be personalized, allowing students to talk about their worlds and situations and draw out the words and language structures they need to do this.

And re. that practice thing… the classroom of course cannot provide anywhere enough practice time. So in addition to extra listening practice and other homework tasks, with Communication Spotlight there are also online activities available which contain a video for each unit and accompanying exercises. These videos are also available through the Communication Spotlight with EnglishCentral Courseware versions of the texts, where in addition to the Spotlight videos, students have access to two other videos per unit and to EnglishCentral's voice recognition and vocabulary learning systems (and teachers access to an LMS). And of course encourage your students to get out there and use English as much as they can!

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Oral Communication

Academic Listening & Speaking 3

by Alastair Graham-Marr

A bridge into the world of study through English


Listening skills, note-taking skills, summarizing skills, a focus on critical thinking

 

Level CEFR Level High B1 / TOEIC® 650-800
ISBN 978-1-896942-96-4
Item(s) Text/Audio CD
Price ¥2754 (¥2550)

Academic Listening & Speaking 2

by Alastair Graham-Marr

A bridge into the world of study through English


Listening skills, note-taking skills, summarizing skills, a focus on critical thinking

Level CEFR Level Low B1 / TOEIC® 500-650
ISBN 978-1-896942-95-7
Item(s) Text/Audio CD
Price ¥2754 (¥2550)

Academic Listening & Speaking 1

by Alastair Graham-Marr & Ben Tutcher

A bridge into the world of study through English


Listening skills, note-taking skills, summarizing skills, a focus on critical thinking

Level CEFR Level High A2 / TOEIC® 350-550
ISBN 978-1-896942-94-0
Item(s) Text/Audio CD
Price ¥2754 (¥2550)

Step Into English 1

by Alastair Graham-Marr and Tanja McCandie

  • Entry level communication for junior high students and up
  • Speaking and listening for Japanese learners of English

Level TOEIC® 200-350
ISBN 978-1-896942-44-5
Item(s) Text (including picture dictionary)
Price ¥2052 (¥1900)

Step Into English 2

by Alastair Graham-Marr and Tanja McCandie

  • Entry level communication for junior high school and up
  • A 2-level series. Speaking and listening for Japanese students

Level TOEIC® 200-350
ISBN 978-1-896942-59-9
Item(s) Text (including picture dictionary)
Price ¥2052 (¥1900)

Communication Spotlight 2nd edition: Starter

by Alastair Graham-Marr, David Moran, Brett Reynolds and Suzanne McNeese

  • For communication classes: a 2-skills speaking and listening course
  • Helping students communicate around difficulties. Giving confidence and control

Level CEFR Level A1-A2 / TOEIC® 250-400
ISBN 978-1-896942-64-3
Item(s) Text/Audio CD
Price ¥2754 (¥2550)

Communication Spotlight 2nd edition: High-Beginner

by Alastair Graham-Marr

  • For communication classes: a 2-skills speaking and listening course
  • Helping students communicate around difficulties. Giving confidence and control

Level CEFR Level A2 / TOEIC® 350-500
ISBN 978-1-896942-65-0
Item(s) Text/Audio CD
Price ¥2754 (¥2550)

Communication Spotlight 2nd edition: Pre-Intermediate

by Alastair Graham-Marr

  • For communication classes: a 2-skills speaking and listening course
  • Helping students communicate around difficulties. Giving confidence and control

Level CEFR Level B1 / TOEIC® 450-600
ISBN 978-1-896942-66-7
Item(s) Text/Audio CD
Price ¥2754 (¥2550)

Communication Spotlight 2nd edition: Intermediate

by Alastair Graham-Marr

  • For communication classes: a 2-skills speaking and listening course
  • Helping students communicate around difficulties. Giving confidence and control

Level CEFR Level B1-B2 / TOEIC® 550-700
ISBN 978-1-896942-67-4
Item(s) Text/Audio CD
Price ¥2754 (¥2550)

Communication Spotlight: Starter with EnglishCentral Courseware

by Alastair Graham-Marr

Level TOEIC® 250-400
ISBN 978-1-896942-68-1
Item(s) Text/Audio CD/Courseware
Price ¥3186 (¥2950)

Communication Spotlight: High Beginner with EnglishCentral Courseware

by Alastair Graham-Marr

Level TOEIC® 350-500
ISBN 978-1-896942-69-8
Item(s) Text/Audio CD/Courseware
Price ¥3186 (¥2950)

Communication Spotlight: Pre-Intermediate with EnglishCentral Courseware

by Alastair Graham-Marr

Level TOEIC® 450-600
ISBN 978-1-896942-70-4
Item(s) Text/Audio CD/Courseware
Price ¥3186 (¥2950)

Communication Spotlight Split Version (1st edition): Starter Part A

by Alastair Graham-Marr

Level TOEIC® 250-400
ISBN 978-1-896942-30-8
Item(s) Text/Audio CD/Notebook
Price ¥2484 (¥2300)

Communication Spotlight Split Version (1st edition): Starter Part B

by Alastair Graham-Marr

Level TOEIC® 250-400
ISBN 978-1-896942-31-5
Item(s) Text/Audio CD/Notebook
Price ¥2484 (¥2300)

Communication Spotlight Split Version (1st edition): High Beginner Part A

by Alastair Graham-Marr

Level TOEIC® 350-500
ISBN 978-1-896942-23-0
Item(s) Text/Audio CD/Notebook
Price ¥2484 (¥2300)

Communication Spotlight Split Version (1st edition): High Beginner Part B

by Alastair Graham-Marr

Level TOEIC® 350-500
ISBN 978-1-896942-24-7
Item(s) Text/Audio CD/Notebook
Price ¥2484 (¥2300)

Business Listening & Speaking

by Maurice Jamall and Bruce Wade

  • For internationally-minded business people
  • A wealth of listening types and tasks. A wealth of speaking opportunities

Level TOEIC® 700+
ISBN 978-1-896942-09-4
Item(s) Text
Price ¥2646 (¥2450)

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