A Year in the Life of an ESL Student: Idioms and Vocabulary You Can't Live Without

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Trafford Publishing, 2004 - Education - 297 pages
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A Year in the Life of an ESL Student is an essential addition to the advanced level ESL classroom. By studying the varied and interesting dialogues and completeing the challenging exercises, students will dramatically improve their comprehension and usage of everyday idioms and advanced vocabulary.
The book follows Andre, a student from Switzerland, as he spends a year completing his English studies at a private language school in North America: from his arrival at the airport, to getting around the city, to attending school, to hanging out with his classmates. All of the situations and corresponding language are real and directly relevant to adult ESL students.
So join Andre on his one-year adventure. It's about to begin just outside the airport terminal.
Please visit the website at ayearinthelife.net.

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I've used this in teaching ESL students and it is very popular.
Helpful with idioms in a way that no other book I know of is.
The stories are trite -- well-heeled 20 something ESL students
in Toronto or New York spend their parents money
while studying ESL, going to bars, etc.
But is is nicely put together and great for read alouds,
although I came to really dislike the characters.
A chapter or three can be a staple in an ESL class.
My students liked it and I thought it was better
than 90% of the stuff out there because it was
really accessible.
Definitely would recommend taking a look --
at least look at the preview chapter if you are teaching
English language.


Arriving In The Country
Wandering Around The City
Sitting In The Student Lounge
Attending A TOEFL Class
Eating Dinner With A Roommate
Shopping For Clothes In A Mall
Picking Up A Friend At The Airport
Suntanning On The Beach
Drinking In A Neighborhood Bar
Catching A Movie
Driving To A Cabin For The Weekend
Finishing Classes
Snowboarding At A Winter Resort
Returning Home
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Waiting For A Fireworks Show
Working Out At A Fitness Club

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About the author (2004)

Edward Francis is a dynamic ESL teaching professional who is recognized as an innovator in the development of educational materials and the creator of a stimulating learning evironment. He balances 15 years of teaching experience with a proven record of achievement in curriculum development.

An innate curiosity about other countries is a key area of interest for Edward. In pursuit of cross-cultural experiences, he worked in Japan for a three-year period where he had his first ESL textbook published. He has also traveled widely in Mexico, Thailand, China, Saipan, England, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Canada and the United States.

Edward was a nationally ranked middle-distance runner and had the opportunity to compete against Carl Lewis at Bislett Stadium in Olso, Norway. Reading, traveling, snowboarding, and mountain biking continue to be his enoyable leisure time activities.

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