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Complete pile of unmitigated shite.
le 25 septembre 2015
Everyone here is commenting on the ‘forme’, nothing on the ‘fond’!
My only hope is that this review gets to at least some teachers of English in France. This is the second time I have HAD to buy this excuse for a teaching tool, the first time, in my naive days of thinking that an native speaker ESL teacher with over 20 years’ experience would get listened to, I contacted the authors concerning the errors I had found in the first 2 pages of the text book that this nose rag is the accompaniment to (the book is written by French “qualified English experts”). Before sending them, I had my queries looked over by 4 other ESL teachers/authors who are all more qualified/experienced than I am (one of them is an editor at the OUP). I sent my critique – feel free to contact me for a copy – to the publishing house and to the one member of the authorship team working in an English speaking country. She came back to me with a rebuttal that was both founded in cloud cuckoo land thinking and insulting to the intelligence of anyone who hasn’t got to the top echelons of the French university system and yet still, somehow, seems to have a functioning brain. After the actual teaching and grammar errors, my main criticism is that rather than teaching English as a communication tool, they are looking to get ‘in with the kidz’ – one of the sections is called rhythm n’ sounds; when I commented on this in my critique, the rejoinder was that they wanted to teach modern English like “fish n’ships” [sic]. In the same vein, the version for the 3e includes “you are a jerk” in its list of useful insults – for those of you reading who I may have lost in translation, the equivalent in French is “espèce de branleur”.
Until the stranglehold on the French school textbook market by a certain number of publishing houses is released, I strongly recommend that - though you may be obliged to buy this book for your child’s English lessons at school - for your child to truly progress, you invest in the monolingual version of Essential Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy and published by Cambridge University Press. I would like to add that I am not affiliated to the aforementioned publishing house in any way.