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    Hi fellow teachers, and everybody else!

    Can anybody help me?

    I'm looking for suggestions on advanced (C1 going on C2) English textbooks. I have already checked:
    - CAE Gold
    - New English File Advanced
    - Matters Advanced

    but don't think that any of these will fit well the profile of this private student of mine.
    He is looking for lots of speaking activities and vocabulary improvement.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance!

    Cheers,
    Steph


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    Default Re: Suggestion for books ;)

    Hi Steph,

    What is the profile of your student? That info might help to elicit appropriate suggestions!

    Balint


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    Hi Balint!

    My student is a 50-year-old MD, who is willing to talk about any topic in class, except medicine..
    As I have said before, his goal is to improve speaking fluency and being more precise in expressing his ideas, hence the focus on vocabulary as well as speaking.
    However, I have noticed that with many topics (especially in the way they are presented in the books), the conversation runs out too quickly. I am usually able to keep long conversations with my advanced students, regardless of the topic. but this does't happen with him. He is a man with very strong opinions. More or less in the way of "this is it and period". Still, he is a very upbeat and humorous person.
    I believe topics about travel and living would get him more interested and speaking more, because he enjoys traveling and dining very much.

    Any ideas?

    Thank you very much!


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    Hi Steph,
    Please follow this link. It is amazing. It will be a great help.
    http://iteslj.org/questions/
    Cheers,
    Rayhan


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    Thanks, Rayhan... That website is really great for conversation questions.
    The thing is I was really looking for a book, because it helps a lot to systematize new vocabulary and to recycle it from time to time. Besides, it also helps in terms of practice exercises.

    I might just choose the Gold book and squeeze some conversation classes in-between.



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    Default Re: Suggestion for books ;)

    Hello, Rayhan

    I've seen the link and I'd like to recommend one for you as well:

    ESL Discussions: English Conversation Questions / Debates: Speaking Lesson Activities

    check it out... hope u like it


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    Default Re: Suggestion for books ;)

    Hi, take a look at 'Compelling Conversations' by Eric Roth as there are some interesting discussion topics for advanced learners. I've used 'Discussions A-Z Advanced' a Cambridge resource book by Adrian Wallwork & found some of the topics engaging for my 1-1 classes. Have you looked at TEDtalks.com for a huge variety of discussion topics? All my C1+ students are big fans as they improve listening skills as well as learn something new which can then open up a conversation class; I let students choose their own talks & we discuss them afterwards. Good luck!


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    Just to add to the above, I've also found in my collection 'Skills Plus Listening & Speaking Advanced' by David Briggs which is another posible resource book to take a look at. For a grammar & vocab exercise book at this level I use 'Destination C1 & C2' by Michael Mann which is great for self-study/homework/revisión. Hope to have helped?


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    Thank you very much, Chanki1!
    Those were all great suggestions!! You really did help a lot!

    I also use TED talks in my classes, but with a different approach. I'll try yours for a change!

    I've downloaded so many books, I'll have no lack of resources! Thank you!


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    You're very welcome; enjoy!


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