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EA Journal Volume 27 No 1 80 Highly recommended 2 (Intermediate): An English course for the hotel and catering industry Student’s Book, Workbook & Teacher’s Book trish stott & Alison pohl Oxford University Press 2010 reviewed By pAulA nolAn Highly Recommended 2 covers a range of different sectors within the hospitality industry and is an excellent resource for any international student planning to work in this field. The suggested level is intermediate but, as stated in the Teacher’s Book, the lessons can be adapted for a pre-intermediate class or a mixed-ability class. It could also be used by higher-level students, as the vocabulary and functions are very specific to the focus area. The Student’s Book is topic-based, focusing on things like taking reservations, food service, giving directions and handling payments. Each chapter focuses on one ‘communicative area’ (topic) in depth, with situations/functions and structures chosen according to their usefulness within that context – for example, ‘food service’ looks at ways of talking about quantity, and ‘giving directions’ looks at prepositions of direction. In this way the students can study a theme holistically and cohesively. The basic sequence of each chapter is the same. They begin with a ‘starter’, a simple warmer to introduce the topic and get the students focused. It usually involves discussing some aspect of the topic, looking at pictures, matching, or answering simple questions using their own opinions and experience. Next is a listening section, which always deals with a real-life situation related to the chapter’s communicative area. This is a vital part of the content and will serve to build up the students’ confidence when dealing with actual customers. Good listening skills are essential in the working environment and these are dealt with in a functional and practical way in this series.
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