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Posted July 14, 2009
Pluses: It doesn't overwhelm the student, but it gets right to the most relevant words and phrases. It doesn't have a condescending attitude. It's written for adult students and fills ordinary adult vocabulary needs. It's clear for the most part. It's also a good choice to teach ESL to Latinos because there are very few affordable books available that teach from Spanish to English. This book has the Spanish translations alongside the English.
Minuses: The title is misleading when it implies that the material can be learned in only 100 days. If the adult student is unemployed and doesn't have to care for young children, then maybe. But most Latinos are not in that category. And like many books of this type that I've seen, the pronunciation symbols it uses attempts to teach English pronunication by using sounds that exist in Spanish. This results in teaching the student many mispronunciations, since many English sounds don't exist in Spanish. The student then believes he is pronouncing words correctly when really he isn't. This leads to much frustration and disillusionment later on. The book should use the International Phonetic Alphabet symbols that are used in most bilingual dictionaries, although these symbols are difficult to learn. I tell my ESL students to ignore the book's pronunciation symbols, and concentrate on learning pronunciation from native English speakers, person to person if possible, or by listening to audio recordings.
Finally, the book has several errors: spelling, translations that are misleading, that sort of thing. But it is the best affordable book I could find for my small group of ESL students.
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