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Recommend a business English textbook?

 
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Denim-Maniac



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:17 am    Post subject: Recommend a business English textbook? Reply with quote

For a 26-year-old adult student interested in working in 'international business' ... whatever that may mean! She is low / intermediate level student work with on a 1-1 basis and Id like to follow the structure of a textbook.

Any recommendations? I have never used a business English coursebook before. I like the look of Market Leader ... anything else out there?

(Have looked on the business english forum but it doesnt seem very active - search hasnt worked for me either)
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johntpartee



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I saw this topic title I was going to recommend AGAINST Market Leader. I don't think it's very good, especially for a low/intermediate learner. Too many idioms and too much slang for people who don't know the basics.
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Denim-Maniac



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I looked at this book via a free sample of one chapter in PDF form. I thought it looked good, had a variety of activities and appeared relevant. However, it seems hard to buy in China as the student book is on a few websites at around 600 RMB / £60 / $80!

Any suggestions for what is good John?

I should add, I mean she is lower intermediate / intermediate. (I didnt mean low to intermediate)
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johntpartee



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Any suggestions for what is good John?


I've never seen a mass-market ESL book that I thought was "good", some are just less bad than others. I have a couple of textbooks that I've found over the years, "Grammar Drills in English" and the like; has things like syntax and verb tenses, lots of multiple choice stuff.
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vabeckele



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are a series of quite useful, thinnish, bookS: Telephone English, Email English, Socialising English, Negotiations English etc.. They are green in colour and are nice little books and you can piece together a course on those.
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MuscatGary



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like 'The Business' published by Macmillan. It runs from pre-int to advanced.
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coledavis



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer the 'In Company' series. I think the content is rather more interesting than 'Market Leader'.

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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Business is the business.

Also, I like New International Express. Has a practical division of skills related to travelling, socialising, as well as doing business.
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dragonpiwo



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:35 am    Post subject: try Reply with quote

Business Objectives. It's quite old, so you can probably download it and the audio file. Great book.
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I'm With Stupid



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just started using Lifestyle. Strictly speaking it's a general English book, but there's a huge emphasis on work life, and most of the communicative activities are based around business. It's a bit of a lighter alternative to a dedicated business book, which as others have said, can be a bit dense with irrelevant jargon.

I quite liked Market Leader when I used it though.
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Infinite



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely "The Business"
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MuscatGary



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

'The Business' can't be beat!
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ttxor1



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 1:39 am    Post subject: business english coursebook Reply with quote

Professional English in Use: Finance by Ian MacKenzie, CUP, 2006

Business Vocabulary in Use, (series) by Bill Mascull, CUP, 2002
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