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Need beginner and intermediate textbooks in pdf format

 
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paddyflynn



Joined: 13 Dec 2012
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:10 am    Post subject: Need beginner and intermediate textbooks in pdf format Reply with quote

Yesterday my boss sent me to interview for a beginner and an intermediate corporate class. I got the job, but they're too cheap to buy text books. They expect me to find one online, and email them a pdf so they can photocopy it.

I've spend an hour and a half searching online for a decent textbook available by pdf. All I can find are ads through file sharing sites, which want me to download their client, and from my experience usually put viruses and adware on my computer, and then don't deliver the file they advertised.

I'm supposed to start teaching tonight, and they want me to email them the pdf this morning. Any ideas as to where I might find textbooks in pdf format?
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HLJHLJ



Joined: 06 Oct 2009
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are not going to find legal PDF copies of good textbooks online for you to distribute freely.

What does your boss/school suggest?
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damn_my_eyes



Joined: 13 Jul 2013
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've found a lot of good stuff on this website.

http://libgen.org/
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paddyflynn



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HLJHLJ wrote:
You are not going to find legal PDF copies of good textbooks online for you to distribute freely.

What does your boss/school suggest?


She told me to go to the bookstore and find a book, buy it, bring it to the class and let them photocopy it.

The problem is, I don't know where to find a good bookstore, and even if I did, I'm busy teaching other classes and planning lessons this afternoon, and don't have time to go there before tonight's class.
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HLJHLJ



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, then you need to buy yourself sometime. Have the students already done a placement test? Have you already done your needs analysis? If not, can you fill your first lesson with placement tests/needs analysis, some ice breakers, intro games/tasks, etc. Tell the client and the school that you will recommend a book next week when you've met your students and know what they need.

Then post on your country forum and ask for recommendations for a book store, or find the local office of a major supplier (Cambridge, Pearson, etc) and see what they have in stock.
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Sashadroogie



Joined: 17 Apr 2007
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 5:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This really shouldn't be a teacher concern. The school should be telling the clients that they need to pay for course books. And if that still didn't work out, then the school, not the teacher, should be trying to find an alternative.

Sounds like a lot of messing around, and not likely to be worth the effort.
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fat_chris



Joined: 10 Sep 2003
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Location: Chengdu, Sichuan, PRC

PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sashadroogie wrote:
Sounds like a lot of messing around, and not likely to be worth the effort.


Seconded.

Warm regards,
fat_chris
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