Short Book Reviews Hanna Kryszewska, Poland

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Short Book Reviews

Hanna Kryszewska, Poland

Hanna Kryszewska is a teacher, teacher trainer, trainer of trainers. She is a senior lecturer at the University of GdaƄsk, and EU Teacher Training College where she trains pre-service teachers. She is co-author of resource books: Learner Based Teaching, OUP, Towards Teaching, Heinemann, The Standby Book, CUP, Language Activities for Teenagers, CUP, The Company Words Keep, DELTA Publishing, and a course book series for secondary schools: ForMat, Macmillan. She is also co-author of a video based teacher training course: Observing English Lessons. Hania is a Pilgrims trainer and editor of HLT Magazine.


Helbling Young Readers Fiction. Helbling Languages (2014). e.g. Dad for Sale. Andres Pi Andreu ISBN-13: 978-3-85272-954-1, pp 32, The Big Wave. Stefanella Ebhardt ISBN-978-3-85272-953-4, pp 32, and Lola in the Land of Fire. Rick Sampedro ISBN-978-3-85272-957-2 The Big Wave. Stefanella Ebhardt ISBN-978-3-85272-953-4, pp 32., pp 32.. Books in this new series of graded reading materials for young learners of English are at the Starters and Movers levels according to the YLE, or levels 1-3 according to the Trinity Exams scale. The stories are interesting and told in basic English using simple grammar: present tenses and modal verbs, and basic vocabulary. Apart from language input and practice, the stories have a message such as: the same place can be perceived differently by different people, or that you need to help especially if you are the only one who can help. Before the students either hear the story from the CD or read by the teacher following it in the book, they do some exercises in the Play station section which pre-teaches and activates the language the learners need to follow the story. The activities which are on the CD-ROM are interactive and fun. The stories themselves are very good and often charming, and on each two page spread there is a little icon, a bug, a duck or a crab which gives the readers an extra task such as answering a personal question, working your way through a maze or spotting something in the picture. At the end of each book there is Play Station 2 section which revises some of the language in the story, or a Play Station Project like making a sand bottle, or making a board game. There is also a mini dictionary. The font is young reader friendly, and the books are beautifully illustrated. The CD-ROM contains an audio book and some activities, language games, karaoke, chants, story sequencing activities and an audiovisual dictionary. Highly recommended.

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