Within EarshotAt the get together in September, I asked the question, “Are you and your students tired of contrived, scripted dialogues in dry textbooks meant to improve spontaneous interactions in English?” Everyone knew what I was talking about. Well, I was too. That’s why I decided to compile an engaging, colorful, clean and authentic resource with audio and visual material that both teachers and students could appreciate. The concept of this resource is based on my experiences teaching English to all age groups from a variety of cultures. Young students, especially, want to know more about American culture and how they can understand native speakers with more confidence. The pages include colorful photos to elicit vocabulary and discussion along side white spaces to encourage students to take notes directly next to those associations. Each interview was conducted spontaneously. Each exercise was created post-interview to describe and frame the language used naturally by the interviewees. Teacher tips, study tools, answer key and transcript are all included in one coursebook. Each chapter consists of two short stories, six interviews with exercises, a page of further suggested projects and a chapter test. More information about this resource, Within Earshot, can be found on the website (www.withinearshot.com). You can also try any of the six interviews and exercises on the website. There is one to try from each theme.

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