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ETAS is fortunate to have the support of publishers and materials providers who make available the latest in teacher support materials: course books, resource books, teaching tools, apps and other resources as they come on the market. We offer these for review and the Resources Editor sometimes asks ETAS members to review materials directly. You are invited to offer to review some resources and can also suggest others you have seen. Subscribe to the ETAS Newsletter to discover our latest additions!

Writing reviews is not as difficult as you might think; we provide guidelines and support so nobody should feel daunted. Review writing is a good way to hone your general writing skills while informing other teachers about the many resources available. Reviews are printed in the ETAS Journal and you may keep the materials as a thank you for your valuable contributions.

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A Fractured Winter

Book Review: ETAS Journal Volume 36 Number 1 Winter 2018

Alison Baillie

Williams and Whiting Publishing (2018)

Bloodhound Books (February 2019)

ISBN 978-1912582051

357 pages, paperback, also available as Kindle Edition (Amazon)


Book Review: ETAS Journal Spring 2018

Gerhard Erasmus and Hall Houston

The Round (2016)


37 Pages, e-book

Great Writing 4 Student’s Book C1

Book Review: ETAS Journal Summer 2018

Keith S. Folse, April Muchmore-Vokoun, Elena Vestri Solomon

National Geographic Learning CENGAGE Learning (2014)

ISBN: 978-1-285-75074-3

210 pages, paperback

With access code for online Workbook

Keynote Intermediate

Book Review: ETAS Journal Volume 34 Number 3 Summer 2017

Paul Dummett

Helen Stephenson

Lewis Lansford

National Geograpic Learning (Student's Book with DVD-ROM)

United Kingdom (2015)

ISBN: 978-1-305-39909-9

181 pages, paperback

Keynote Intermediate

Lewis Lansford

Real Business English Coursebooks B2

Book Review: ETAS Journal Volume 36 Number 1 Winter 2018

Rebecca Buller and Suzanne Vetter-M’Caw

Delta Publishing (2017/18)

ISBN:   978-3-12-501675-0 TB

978-3-12-501673-6 SB

978-3-12-501674-3 WB

88  pages (TB), 144 pages (SB), 96 pages (WB); paperback

Swiss History in a Nutshell

Book Review: ETAS Journal Volume 34 Number 3 Summer 2017

Grégoire Nappey, Mix and Remix

Bergli Books (2010)

ISBN 978-3-90-525219-4

Paperback, 91 pages, CHF 19.90

The Naked Swiss: A Nation Behind 10 Myths

Book Review: ETAS Journal Volume 35 Number 1 Winter 2017

Clare O’Dea
Bergli Books( 2016)

ISBN: 978-3-905252-90-3

231 pages

If you are Swiss, know someone who is Swiss, or are simply interested in the Swiss and Switzerland, then this book is for you!

THINK Student’s Book B2

Herbert Puchta, Jeff Stranks, Peter Lewis-Jones

Cambridge University Press (2016)

ISBN 978-1-107-57328-4

128 pages, paperback

What initially attracted me to this book was the brightly coloured promotional video that one can watch on the website, which promises something REALLY (and I don’t hesitate to use capital letters here) revolutionary, capable of waking up the most discouraged students. 

Collins English for Life: Listening

Book Review: ETAS Journal Volume 33 No. 3 Summer 2016

Ian Badger

HarperCollins Publishers, London (2014)
ISBN: 978-0-00-754268-0
128 pages, paperback
B2 Level to Upper Intermediate
Collins English for Life: Listening

Focus on oral interaction

Book Review: ETAS Journal Volume 33 No. 2 Spring 2016

Rhonda Oliver and Jenefer Philp

Oxford University Press (2014)

ISBN: 978-0-19-400084-0

162 pages, paperback

Film in Action

Book Review: ETAS Journal Volume 33 No 1 Winter 2015

Kieran Donaghy

Delta Publishing (2015)

ISBN 978-1-90-978307-2

112 pages

English Empower B1

Book Review: ETAS Journal Volume 35 Number 1 Winter 2017

English EMPOWER B1 Student’s Book

Adrian Doff, Craig Thaine, Herbert Puchta, Jeff Stranks, and Peter Lewis-Jones

Cambridge University Press (2015)

ISBN 978-1-107-46651-7

176 pages, paperback

English EMPOWER B1 Workbook with Answers

Peter Anderson

Cambridge University Press (2015)

Passport to Academic Presentations: New Edition

Book Review: ETAS Journal Volume 32 No. 3 Summer 2015

Douglas Bell

Garnet Education (2014)

Student’s Book, with free audio CD and online video presentations

ISBN 978-1-90-861468-1

79 pages, paperback

Teacher’s Book, with free audio CD and online video presentations

ISBN 978-1-90-861469-8

62 pages, paperback

Focus with MyEnglishLab

Focus 4 Student’s Book with MyEnglishLab Access Code

Sue Kay, Vaughan Jones, Daniel Brayshaw, Beata Trapnell

Pearson Education Limited (2016) Harlow, England.

ISBN 978-1-292-11009-7


Daniel Brayshaw, Bartosz Michalowski, Beata Trapnell

ISBN 978-1-4479-9839-6

Teacher’s Book with Multirom

Arek Tkacz

ISBN 978-1-292-11010-3

The Legal English Manual

Book Review: ETAS Journal Volume 32 No. 1 Winter 2014

Alison Wiebalck, Clemens von Zedwitz, Richard Norman, and Kathrin Weston Walsh

Hebling Lichtenhahn Verlag, Verlag C.H. Bech oHG, MANZ’sche Verlags- und Universitätsbuchhandlung GmbH in cooperation with Lawbility AG (2013)

ISBN 978-3-7190-3423-8

179 pages, paperback

English for Economics in Higher Education Studies

Book Review: ETAS Journal Volume 31 Number 2 Spring 2014

Mark Roberts
Garnet Education (2012)
ISBN 978-1-85964-448-5
139 pages with Audio CD (with seminar/lecture excerpts) and a wordlist
Teacher’s book ISBN 978-1-85964-449-2
308 pages with lesson guidance, full key, audio transcripts and extra photocopiable resources

Business Benchmark Upper Intermediate

Business Benchmark Upper Intermediate 2nd Edition (BEC Vantage Edition)

Book Review: ETAS Journal Volume 31 No. 2 Spring 2014

Guy Brook-Hart

Cambridge University Press (2013)
ISBN 978-1-107-68098-2
208 pages

Film, TV, and Music

Book Review: ETAS Journal Volume 29 No. 1 Winter 2011

Multilevel activities for teenagers

Olha Madylus

Cambridge University Press (2009)

ISBN 978-0-521-72838-6

International Negotiations

Book Review: ETAS Journal Volume 31 No. 1 Winter 2013

Mark Powell

Cambridge University Press (2012)
ISBN 978-0-521-14992-1
112 pages, Student’s Book with Audio CDs (2) [Paperback]
CHF 36.20

Vocabulary Activities

ETAS Journal Volume 31 No. 1 Winter 2013

Penny Ur 

Cambridge University Press (2012)

ISBN 978-0-521-18114-3

260 pages plus CD ROM

English Unlimited, Pre-intermediate (CEF level B1)

English Unlimited, Pre-intermediate (CEF level B1)

Alex Tilbury, Theresa Clementson, Leslie Anne Hendra and David Read, with a team from CUP

Cambridge University Press (2010)

Coursebook with e-Portfolio DVD-ROM

ISBN 978-0-521-69777-4

Class Audio CDs (3 CDs, total playing time approx. 3 hrs)

ISBN 978-0-521-69779-8

Self-study Pack (Workbook with DVD-ROM)

English Grammar in Use

English Grammar in Use

Raymond Murphy

4th edition, book with answers

Cambridge University Press (2012)

ISBN 978-1-107-64138-9 (ca. CHF 40.- from Thalia)

390 pages, including 145 two-page units, 7 appendices, 24 pages of additional exercises, a study guide, answer key, and index

Advanced Trainer

Book Review: ETAS Journal Volume 30 Number 2 Spring 2013

Felicity O’Dell

Six Practice Tests with Answers and Audio CDs (3)
Cambridge University Press (2012)
ISBN 978-0-521-18700-8    
256 pages and a 24-page colour Speaking appendix

Cambridge School Dictionary with CD-ROM

Cambridge University Press 2008/2010

ISBN 978-0-521-71263-7

This handy monolingual wordbook (plus more!) claims to be for intermediate and upper-intermediate learners, but I think it could very well be introduced to a pre-intermediate English class.

Exploring British Culture

Book Review: ETAS Journal Volume 30 Number 2 Spring 2013

Jo Smith

Cambridge University Press (2012)
ISBN 978-0-521-18642-1

128 pages, Book with Audio CD

Objective PET (CEF level B1)

Louise Hashemi, Barbara Thomas

Cambridge University Press (2010)

Student’s book with answers with CD-Rom ISBN: 978-0-521-73266-6

Workbook with answers ISBN: 978-0-521-73271-0

Teacher’s Book ISBN: 978-0-521-73269-7

Oxford English for Careers

Medicine 1                                                                                                                          

Sam McCarter

Oxford University Press, 2009

Student’s Book, ISBN 978-0-19-402300-9

Class Audio CD, ISBN 978-0-19-402303-0

Cambridge English for Nursing, Intermediate +

Virginia Allum and Patricia McGarr

Cambridge University Press, 2008

ISBN 978-0-521-71540-9

This is Cambridge University Press’s answer to OUP’s Nursing books. The level is given as Intermediate + (B1-B2), but the emphasis on listening and speaking offers students considerable leeway. There is also a lower-level (pre-intermediate) book available.

Classroom Management Techniques

Book Review: ETAS Journal Volume 29 No. 3 Summer 2012

Jim Scrivener

Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (2012)

306 pages, £23.40 paperback

ISBN 978-0-521-74185-9

DELTA Business Communication Skills – Meetings

David King

with CD

Delta Publishing, 2008

ISBN 978-1-905085-18-7

This is a slim volume that punches above its weight.

Working with architects and project managers who increasingly had to hold meetings with clients in English, I was searching for a coursebook that could help me deliver quick results.

From Teacher to Manager: Managing language teaching organizations

Book Review: ETAS Journal Volume 29 Number 1 Winter 2011

From Teacher to Manager: Managing language teaching organizations 

Ron White, Andy Hockley, Melissa Laughner and Julie van der Horst Jansen

Cambridge University Press (2008)
ISBN 978-0-521-70909-5
282 pages, including appendix and references for further reading

Teaching Unplugged

Book Review: ETAS Journal Volume 29 Number 1 Winter 2011

Luke Meddings and Scott Thornbury
Delta Publishing (2009)
ISBN 978-1-905085-19-4

The Developing Teacher

Book Review: ETAS Journal Volume 29 Number 1 Winter 2011

The Developing Teacher 

Delta Teacher Development Series

Duncan Foord
Delta Publishing (2009)
ISBN 978-1-905085-22-4

Moral Dilemmas

Lindsay Clandfield

Smashwords (2016)

ISBN: 978-1-31-090285-7

4,530 words, pdf/epub/mobi/pdb

How important is it to keep a promise? When is killing someone an act of self-defence? Is it right to torture a terrorist when the lives of many are at stake? Does it matter where money comes from if it ultimately does good?

Foundation IELTS Masterclass: Student’s Book, Teacher’s Pack

Foundation IELTS Masterclass Student’s Book

Nick Thorner and Louis Rogers

Oxford University Press (2015)

ISBN: 978-0-19-470529-5

173 pages, paperback

with Online Practice, including an online Academic level practice test

Foundation IELTS Masterclass Teacher’s Pack

Katy Simpson with Nick Thorner               

Moving into Tourism and Hospitality

Moving into Tourism and Hospitality

Hans Mol

Garnet Publishing Ltd (2014)

ISBN: 978-1-90-757553-2

220 pages

Coursebook & Audio DVD

Moving into Tourism and Hospitality

Hans Mol

Garnet Publishing Ltd (2014)

ISBN: 978-1-90-757554-9

176 pages

Teacher’s Book