Oxford University Press

General English courses

English File

Headstart

Headway

International Express

Landmark

natural English

Business English courses

Business Basics

Business Focus

Business one:one

Business Venture

Can You Believe It?

Commercially Speaking

ProFile

Quick Work


General English courses

English File

englishfileBeginner - Upper-Intermediate

The course that gets students talking.

Overview: Every level of English File builds confidence and keeps motivation high with lively, achievable lessons, using humour and imagination to encourage students to communicate and enjoy learning English.

Key features:

  • Vocabulary Banks: easy-access vocabulary sections help students to remember words and phrases.
  • Illustrated pronunciation system.

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Headstart

headstartBeginner

A short course to build skills and confidence at real beginner level.

Key features:

- It starts from scratch at real beginner level, assuming no previous language knowledge.
- It is very gently paced with a clearly defined and limited grammatical and lexical syllabus to avoid overloading the learner.
- It contains a grammar, vocabulary, functional, and pronunciation syllabus.
New language is introduced gradually and methodically, and is consolidated through substantial controlled Practice to give beginners confidence.
- The grammar is presented in tabular form at the end of each unit, along with an exercise for students to check their understanding.
- Despite the low level, simple skills work and manageable communicative activities are incorporated to develop interactive skills and make the language learning meaningful.
- An 'Everyday English' section in each unit practises common expressions and survival English for everyday situations. It provides an ideal foundation course for students preparing for New Headway Elementary and other elementary courses.

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Headway

headwayBeginner to Advanced.

The best-selling series that combines the best of traditional methods with current teaching techniques.

Key features:

  • New Headway now provides a seamless syllabus progression from beginner to upper-intermediate level.
  • It takes a clear and structured approach to grammar. Grammatical structures are introduced in context, with questions that encourage students to work out the rules for themselves. A comprehensive 'Grammar section' at the back of the Student's Books provides a useful reference before, during or after the lesson.
  • A well-defined vocabulary syllabus concentrates on three key areas: learning new words in lexical sets; acquiring good habits for learning vocabulary; and developing vocabulary 'systems' such as sound and spelling relationships.
  • Integrated skills work is an important feature of the course. In every unit the reading and listening activities contextualize and bring together much previously introduced language. The new unit by unit writing section in Student’s Books focuses on developing students’ written English in a range of situations and registers. The choice of interesting texts, together with manageable, motivating tasks ensure students develop fluency and accuracy in all four skills.
  • Workbooks at each level offer a range of exercises to revise and extend the grammar and vocabulary covered in the Student's Book, plus extra related input where appropriate.
  • There is high-quality, integrated support and supplementary material at various levels, including: New Headway Pronunciation Course, Making Headway, and New Headway English Course Interactive Practice CD-ROM.

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International Express

interexpressElementary - Upper-Intermediate

Overview

This practical course bridges the gap between general English and the professional world of working adults. The syllabus is based on the needs of people in work who use English as an international means of communication.

The new Pre-Intermediate edition retains the overall structure, syllabus, and familiar features of the first edition. It has been substantially rewritten with new and up-to-date topics and activities of real benefit and interest to working adults.

A new edition that retains the successful combination of general and work-related English with over 70% new material.

Key features:

  • Grammar presented through authentic international contexts, for students to analyze and formulate the rules.
  • Focus on English for socializing, telephoning, and participating in discussions, enabling learners to communicate confidently in work-related situations.
  • Recognizes adults as active, resourceful learners, with regular review units, Workbook, Student's Cassette and Audio CD.
  • Integrated Pocket Book with grammar summaries, social phrases, and other key information for quick reference.

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Landmark

landmarkIntermediate - Advanced

Landmark builds on what learners bring to class and respects their knowledge and experience. Using real-life listening and reading, Landmark gets students thinking, noticing, and reacting.

Key features:

  • Fresh topics get students thinking and speaking.
  • A strong focus on skills pushes students to extend their knowledge and ability.
  • Texts and tasks help students explore and activate their vocabulary.
  • Authentic listening tasks raise awareness of features of natural conversation.
  • A practical approach to writing.
  • An active discovery approach to grammar guides students to work out patterns and rules for themselves.
  • Intermediate and Upper-Intermediate levels have authentic reading with supportive tasks and graded exposure to authentic listening.
  • Advanced level has unscripted recordings and authentic texts to challenge and stimulate the adult learner. Also has short units to avoid topic fatigue.

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natural English

naturalenglishElementary - Upper-Intermediate

A modern, speaking-centred general English course that helps students use language naturally.

Students at Elementary level and above have gaps in their language knowledge and performance which inhibit their progress. The natural English syllabus is based on research into these language gaps and the course brings together current ideas in a stylish, principled, and easy-to-teach set of materials.

Key features

  • natural English is a syllabus strand which enables students to integrate frequent, natural language into their language framework.
  • Students learn to use real language naturally, through thinking and rehearsal time, confidence-building Practice, and task-centred speaking.
  • The listening syllabus teaches students how to listen. A slot-in listening booklet features the tapescripts plus decoding and pronunciation exercises.
  • Teacher's Book lesson plans, a product of the authors' teacher training expertise, talk teachers through the course materials.
  • Teacher's Book chapters cover teaching principles, techniques, and ideas, plus a selected bibliography.
  • Humour engages and motivates through cartoons, and the listening and reading material.

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Business English courses

Business Basics

bbElementary - Pre-Intermediate

An updated edition of this complete first course in English for business. Business Basics now leads on to Business Focus - the new course for pre-intermediate Business english students.
Who is it for?
Busy professionals already in business.

Key features:

  • The material features real companies and individuals, and authentic texts, providing relevant study for Business English students. The new edition contains 90% new material, providing a fresh and updated context for the language work.
  • The syllabus remains language-driven, giving learners the thorough grounding in basic structures and skills which they need at this level.
  • A new pronunciation syllabus provides work on word and sentence stress, intonation, and other areas such as contracted speech which learners at this level often find problematic.
  • Each unit covers a theme of general relevance in the business world, such as 'Dealing with Problems' and 'New Developments.' The units are now even in length, with clear headings to identify different types of activities.
  • A slower pace in the early units ensures students are at ease with basic structures before moving on.
  • There is a balanced approach to skills work, including regular Practice of real-life listening situations.
  • Systematic revision and recycling takes place as the course progresses.

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Business Focus

bfElementary - Pre-Intermediate

A two-level foundation course in business English. 100 hours of teaching material, supported by a further 100 hours of self-study materials on CD-ROM, on audio CD, in the Student's Book and Workbook, and on the Business Focus website.

Overview

By the authors of the successful Business Basics New Edition, Business Focus equips low-level learners with the English they need to communicate in the workplace. Business Focus is for adults in any job and at any level of employment, who need to communicate in English immediately.

Who is it for?
Elementary to pre-intermediate business English students.
Busy professionals already in business who may have completed a beginner's course in general English.

Key features:

  • A genuine foundation business English course, with a carefully graded syllabus.
  • A focus on speaking and listening, and language of immediate practical use. Units feature games, role-plays, and special discussion sections, Focus on Business Issues.
  • Multilingual word and expression lists in five world languages at the back of the Elementary Student's Book, and a glossary of key words at Pre-Intermediate.
  • Every Student's Book comes with a CD-ROM including video clips from the OUP business video series Big City, and audio for all the key words. The Elementary CD-ROM also has interactive role-plays, with a record and playback facility for students to record their own voice, and a bank of model emails where students can copy and paste useful phrases into their own emails.
  • Every workbook comes with an audio CD, with additional listening material.

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Business one:one

onePre-intermediate and Intermediate

The first business course written specifically for one-to-one teaching. With the innovative How to menu, students can identify their needs quickly and easily, and teachers can build a personalized syllabus that covers exactly what their student wants.

Key features:

  • Learner-centred syllabus helps students and teachers work together to build a customized course.
  • Short lessons with communicative tasks means students use new language immediately.
  • Flexible, non-linear structure gives students freedom within each lesson so they can choose what they want to learn.
  • Fully-integrated MultiROM includes Listening Bank, Reading Bank, email framework, interactive grammar for Practice between classes.
  • Lesson Record means students can record useful new language for their own reference.

Business Venture

bvBeginner to Pre-Intermediate (two levels)

A speaking and listening course for people who need to communicate effectively in everyday business situations.

How can it be used?
On its own, particularly for shorter courses.
In conjunction with a general adult course.

Who is it for?
Pre-experience students.
Job-experienced students.
Students who may have studied English for some time but who need to improve their fluency.

Key features

  • This new edition combines the most popular features of the original course with new, updated material in every unit, a new Teacher's Guide, a new Workbook, and a re-recorded Cassette.
  • The emphasis throughout is on presenting English as a means of international communication. The language models provided are standard American English, although a variety of other native and non-native accents appear in the listening materials.
  • The material is carefully graded and gently paced to encourage fluency and give confidence to low-level learners.
  • Each level consists of 12 units which prepare learners for a wide range of business situations such as greeting colleagues and clients, talking on the telephone, handling meetings, and entertaining clients.
  • Communication skills are intensively coached through dialogue Practice, pair work and information gap activities. The Chicago Contract, a new business board game, reviews the language in the Student's Book in a lively and interesting way.
  • A Culture File in every unit presents topics of cross-cultural interest for discussion, and provides advice on potentially problematic situations such as tipping, the right clothes to wear, and gift giving.

Can You Believe It?

cubiBeginner to Intermediate

Memorable readings from true life combined with idioms and vocabulary development.

Key features:

  • The series is designed for adults and young adults, and combines a holistic approach to reading with a thorough treatment of high-frequency idioms, phrasal verbs and fixed expressions.
  • Highly unusual, true-life stories from around the world immediately capture students' interest. The stories progress in length and difficulty throughout each book and the series.
  • Common and essential idioms are presented in engaging contexts that provide clear meaning and a natural use of new vocabulary. Idioms and expressions are systematically practised and recycled.
  • Lively comic-style illustrations and tapes provide richly contextualized visual and aural reinforcement of content and idioms.
  • Ample opportunities for producing idioms in speaking and writing are provided through story retelling, thought-provoking personal questions, dialogue production and dictation.
  • Review units provide additional Practice of form and meaning of idioms in enjoyable new contexts.
  • A complete Lexicon offers further information on collocations, grammar, synonyms and antonyms.

Commercially Speaking

csElementary to Pre-Intermediate

A thorough and practical course for students aiming to work in a commercial environment.

Who is it for?
Pre-experience students in full-time vocational training.
Mature students who are retraining.

Key features:

  • The course focuses on the key language and communication skills needed in the workplace, with the emphasis on commercial correspondence and telephoning Practice.
  • The approach is skills-based, with the emphasis in the Student's Book on listening and speaking. The Workbook has greater emphasis on reading and writing tasks.
  • The grammar syllabus is practical and thorough. Language points are clarified in grammar boxes within the units, which are linked to more detailed language presentation in a Grammar Reference section at the back of the Student's Book.
  • A lively storyline about four young people who go into business together reflects students' experiences as they learn about the commercial world.
  • The consistent unit structure, clear layout and signposting makes the course easy to use. Each of the 13 units follows the same format: integrated reading and listening activities; Practice in reading and producing commercial correspondence; and activities to develop telephoning skills.
  • Authentic material supports reading and speaking activities.

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ProFile

prfPre-Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate

The course that helps students to communicate with people across departments and across industry sectors.

This three-level, topic-based course takes students progressively through the main themes of business. It has a carefully graded language syllabus, systematic Practice of all four skills, integrated case-studies, and authentic video interviews on CD-ROM.

How can it be used?

  • As a stand-alone Business English course.
  • As the core Business English element in a wider-ranging language training programme.

Who is it for?

  • Students who need to use their English to communicate at work.
  • Students who want to build their knowledge of business as they improve their English.
  • Students who need to develop their communication skills for future career development.

Key features

  • Clear introduction to business for teachers and students.
  • Global content and authentic sources.
  • Integrated video CD-ROM with Student's Book.
  • Progressive language syllabus.
  • Fluency-driven case-studies (levels 2 and 3).
  • Complete commercial writing syllabus.
  • Video/DVD available for each level.

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Quick Work

qwElementary to Intermediate

An innovative, flexible, three-level short course in Business English.

How can it be used?

  • As a short, intensive one-week course.
  • For extensive or modular courses spread out over several weeks.

Who is it for?

  • Busy adult professionals.

Key features

  • This is a short, pacy course which is practical, flexible, and easily accessible to both students and teachers.
  • It has a distinctive task-centred approach, with the aim of developing key business-related skills and language. The language syllabus is selective - language is addressed on a need-to-know basis in the Student's Book, with a more systematic review of grammar in the Workbook.
  • Each of the five units covers key areas such as dealing with people, participating in meetings, exchanging information, and problem-solving. The principal focus is on developing students' speaking and listening skills.
  • Each unit is divided into five or six sub-sections, which all end with a practical, work-related output task. There is a more substantial output activity at the end of the unit. Learners are encouraged to draw on their existing skills, knowledge, and experience of the workplace to carry out these tasks.
  • Contexts are introduced by up-to-date material from a variety of authentic sources. The content has an international feel, and does not present specifically British or American cultural or linguistic models.
  • There is a strong emphasis on vocabulary development, with key vocabulary lists in each unit.

Publishers

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