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Essential English Communication

Essential English Communication

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Essential English Communication by Andrew Thompson is a communicative textbook series for Japanese elementary, pre-intermediate and intermediate level EFL (English as a foreign language) students. 

About the Course

Student Books have 12 Units each covering essential English communication that English language learners require to effectively communicate across a variety of settings in a global community. Unit topics, simple explanations, interactive tasks and clear, colorful unit layouts work to develop student communicative ability and confidence.

These textbooks are created for EFL students wanting to further improve their English language skills through engaging and interactive lessons. Each unit focuses on an essential communicative topic and the related language needed to interact in an English-speaking environment.

Units are clearly divided into four sections structured to build student language competence and confidence:

• Explore — Students explore, discuss and share experiences and opinions

* Learn — Students learn and/or review essential language/strategies

* Practice — Students practice through interactive pair/group activities

* Communicate — Students produce language to reinforce learning

Price: ¥2,250

Book 1

Basic User — Elementary

CEFR Level: A2

Book 2

Independent User
— Pre-Intermediate

CEFR Level: B1

Book 3

Independent User
— Intermediate

CEFR Level: B2

On successful completion of Essential English Communication:

* Students will be more confident communicating on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.

* Students will be more confident communicating on topics that are regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.

* Students will be more confident dealing with familiar situations while travelling in an English-speaking environment.

* Students will be more confident describing routines, experiences, past events, future plans, preferences and ambitions.

​About the Author

Andrew Thompson is a university lecturer and English language researcher based in Fukuoka City, Japan. He has an MA in Applied Linguistics from Monash University and a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Communications and Sociology from Griffith University, Australia.

He has presented at numerous conferences and has published articles on student interest and motivation. His areas of research include student interest, blended learning, curriculum design and development.