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EA Journal Volume 27 No 1 106 contextualised listening lesson but they also provide functional language via an extra listening task, which can be followed up with speaking and writing practice. Don’t be put off by the focus on BBC content. Unlike certain UK-produced coursebooks of the past, the themes in Speakout are still global rather than British- centric, and I would argue that the benefits of using such a well-known resource far outweigh possible concerns. Using authentic material will always capture the imagination of students far more than material created purely for a textbook. Students from around the world have invariably heard of the BBC, and will be delighted if they recognise and have seen some of the content previously. Teachers will also be pleased, for it is their job the in the end to try to encourage and motivate their class (and themselves), which can be extremely difficult when all they have is contrived, out-of-date material. In many ways the basic structure and approach of Speakout Intermediate is not so different from other books currently on the market. However, I would strongly recommend this book for its interesting and engaging content as well as its innovative links to authentic materials, which bring it well and truly into the digital 21st century. Bridgid Seymour-East is a teacher at Navitas English, Bondi Junction.
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