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Download this FREE eBook Today: Travel English for Busy Travelers

Download this FREE eBook Today: Travel English for Busy Travelers

Travel English for Busy Travelers – Front Cover

David Ellis is an English teacher based in Japan who has been teaching English in the United States and Japan for over 20 years. He has written and published a wonderful eBook for teaching and learning English called Travel English for Busy Travelers.

Best of all – it’s absolutely free! Now, it isn’t everyday that such an interesting and useful teaching resource appears on our desk, so make sure you download your copy today!


Free download (epub, mobi/Kindle, pdf , etc.) of Travel English for Busy Travelers eBook on Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/574638

Published: Sep. 03, 2015 / Words: 27,850 /Language: English / ISBN: 9781310624575


By the way, if you have any questions, you can contact David on Twitter: @DavidLS1

David Ellis, author or Travel English for Busy Travelers

David Ellis, author of Travel English for Busy Travelers

I caught up with David recently and asked him about the book:

What is the background to the book?

“As an English language teacher, I often ask myself how I can help my students become self-sufficient learners.  Many of my students in Japan are overly dependent on their teachers and feel they don’t know how to study independently.  I decided to write an eBook that my students and other students around the world could easily use for self-study.  Travel English for Busy Travelers is a beginner’s level eBook focusing on conversation practice, vocabulary development, and reading comprehension that’s full of self-study exercises with answer keys.

Why did you write your eBook?

“I have co-written several reading textbooks that have been used in Japanese universities. Recently, I have been teaching more and more English conversation classes, so I wanted to write a conversation textbook. However, I didn’t want to write a general conversation textbook. Out of all the classes I teach, I enjoy teaching travel English the most, so I decided to write an eBook that I could use in my travel English classes.

Free eBook - Travel English for Busy Travelers by David Ellis

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Why did you make the eBook free?

“First of all, I wanted the book to be free to download for my students to help them become more independent learners. Second, I hope to attract a larger readership.  I hope that more people will download a free eBook. I’ve done some writing for free magazines and university newspapers. I have enjoyed sharing my writing and curriculum with my students and friends this way. It’s interesting to get e-mail about the eBook from foreign countries. Usually, the sender of the e-mail is asking when the second level eBook will be released.

What are your publishing plans for the future?

“My teaching workload is getting busier, so it’s difficult to find time to finish the second book this year. I almost have the first half of the second book finished, so I will try to release a level 2A eBook by the end of this year. I hope to finish the second half of the next book sometime next year. I would also like to rerelease some chapters from my older reading textbooks that are going out of print. In Japan, most English textbooks have a rather short shelf life.

What are the most popular parts of the book?

“My favourite parts of the eBook are the reading passages on important topics for international travelers. Readers find the dialogues, the Appendix section on “Textese” (texting language), and YouTube videos to be especially helpful. Audio for the eBook is available on my YouTube channel: Travel English for Busy Travelers eBook – on YouTube

What other type of work do you do?

“I have proofread over ten books for vintage fashion writer and photographer Rin Tanaka. Rin has written some very successful vintage fashion books such as Harley Davidson: Book of Fashions, Schott: 100 Years of an American Original, XLarge: True OG Streetwear, and Wesco: Boots that Stand the Gaff.”

Free eBook - Travel English for Busy Travelers by David Ellis

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Thanks David! We really appreciate you sharing your eBook for free!

One word in Polish, two words in English

One word in Polish, two words in English

It may be useful for Polish learners of English to remember that English has a much larger vocabulary than Polish. Estimates suggest that there are five times more words in English than in Polish. Here we can see cases where two different words in English mean the same word in Polish. The student has to choose the correct word. They have a 50/50 chance!

Of course, this can lead to a lot of errors and misunderstandings, so it’s worth learning the table below:

One word in Polish, two words in English

Taken from the resource book I Have Twenty Fingers …and 159 other common Polish-English Errors by Matt Purland. Available on Amazon.

It is now available from Amazon stores worldwide, including:

Amazon.co.uk: £7.99 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Have-Twenty-Fingers-common-Polish-English/dp/1546469168/

Amazon.com: $10.99 https://www.amazon.com/Have-Twenty-Fingers-common-Polish-English/dp/1546469168/

Making reading fun: Using graded readers with young learners

Making reading fun: Using graded readers with young learners

Making reading fun: Using graded readers with young learners


— Read on oupeltglobalblog.com/2018/04/26/make-reading-fun/

Alphabet Publishing to Publish new Drama Resource for ESOL Students

Her Own Worst Enemy by Alice Savage is published by Alphabet Publishing on 28th March 2018. You can find out more and pre-order copies here: http://www.alphabetpublishingbooks.com/book/her-own-worst-enemy/

Founder of Alphabet Publishing, Walton Burns, told us about this new release:

Her Own Worst Enemy by Alice Savage is a unique book. It’s a complete month-long module built around an original one-act play. As students prepare to produce the play, they will do readings on the theme: choosing a science or a liberal arts career. They will discuss what skills will be needed in the future.

‘And, because a play is written to be spoken out loud, it’s a great source of material for teaching speaking skills. As students practice the lines, they will also practice real communication skills and the “hidden” language of pragmatics-the verbal and non-verbal strategies we use to express meaning, which are different in every language and culture. As teachers, we rarely get materials that explicitly target these communication strategies. In Her Own Worst Enemy, characters use persuasive techniques such as wearing someone down, appealing to emotion, and drawing someone out. They’ll learn how to express excitement and frustration and even ambivalence.

Alice Savage – author of Her Own Worst Enemy

‘There are a variety of suggestions and instructions for producing the play from reader’s theatre to a full-blown production. Of course, putting on a play is a huge accomplishment that can engage students. Finally there are follow-up activities such as an audience talkback, a mini-debate, and a research paper.

‘And the play itself is very relatable. Aida is a bright student in her last year of high school. She wants to pursue a major in science and get a useful career in the medical field. However, there is a catch: Aida is also a talented actress. When her performance in a school play catches the attention of a professor at a famous performing arts college, Aida’s friends and relatives are excited about the opportunity for her to study there. But is that the future Aida wants?

Her Own Worst Enemy, the first book in the Integrated Skills Through Drama series, can be a creative project to insert in your curriculum. Or a way to teach too-often neglected communication skills. It’s also an exciting and innovative way to introduce a unit on careers in the future. Alan Maley wrote, “Drama in the performance of texts is one of the most compelling of language learning resources…This book offers a wealth of preparatory activities, suggestions for varied ways of using the text and helpful suggestions for follow-up.”

Get more information at http://www.alphabetpublishingbooks.com/book/her-own-worst-enemy.

FREE BOOK! Elliot & Gina - Spencer's Air Adventure

ELT Books for Young Learners of English

You won’t want to miss this exclusive FREE children’s book for ELT students!

Listen and download the free MP3 lesson: ELT Books for Young Learners of English (24 MB, Google Drive)

In the latest podcast I have the great pleasure of chatting with Zuzana Miyahara Kratka, who is founder & publisher of the Elliot’n’Gina books. With popular titles such as Tidy Space Pirates and Spencer’s Air Adventure, the Elliot’n’Gina series is aimed at young learners of English as a Second or Foreign language. Each book comes complete with its own set of activities, plus answer key (see below)!

Zuzana Miyahara Kratka

Zuzana Miyahara Kratka

We have a very special exclusive here on PurlandTraining.com – you can download the PDF version of Spencer’s Air Adventure absolutely free – along with 4 pages of language activities based on the vocabulary in the book and the answer key! With text by Deborah Lee and Patrick Wallace and wonderful colourful illustrations by Samuel James, this full colour 32-page book is a fantastic read, with a wacky story and endearing characters. Click below to download the FREE material now:

Elliot & Gina – Spencer’s Air Adventure (PDF – 5MB )

FREE BOOK! Elliot & Gina - Spencer's Air Adventure

 

Elliot & Gina – Spencer’s Air Adventure – Learning Material (PDF – 3 MB)

Elliot & Gina, Spencer's Air Adventure Activities

 

Elliot & Gina – Spencer’s Air Adventure – Answer Key (PDF – 3MB)

Elliot & Gina, Spencer's Air Adventure Act Answer Key 20170307

 

What’s more, you can buy the paperback edition and check out the other great books in the series. If you click the link below you will get a generous 15% discount on your entire order – no minimum purchase required:

https://www.elliotngina.com/discount/PURLAND15

Alternatively, use the code: PURLAND15

FREE BOOK! Elliot & Gina - Spencer's Air Adventure

FREE BOOK! Elliot & Gina – Spencer’s Air Adventure

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New resource books for teachers of English, ESL and EFL

FREE Podcast! Episode 25 – Two Great New Books for Teachers!

Listen to my book review of two new releases from Alphabet Publishing!

I review two brand new resource books for teachers from Alphabet Publishing:

Successful Group Work: 13 Activities to Teach Teamwork Skills – by Patrice Palmer:

http://www.alphabetpublishingbooks.com/book/successful-group-work/Successful Group Work - by Patrice Palmer

and Classroom Community Builders – by Walton Burns:

http://www.alphabetpublishingbooks.com/book/classroom-community-builders/Classroom Community Builders - by Walton Burns

Both books are out in July 2017, and you can get hold of them here:

http://www.alphabetpublishingbooks.com/

You can download my FREE book You Are The Course Book here:

https://purlandtraining.com/free-books/free-elt-book-you-are-the-course-book-by-matt-purland/

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Big Grammar Book 2

FREE Podcast! Complete the Sentences (Listening Practice)

Let’s practise our listening skills with this fun activity – Complete the Sentences – which is adapted from the free Big Grammar Book 2. Download it for free now from: https://purlandtraining.com/free-books/free-big-grammar-book-2-by-matt-purland/