About the Social English Power book

Social English Power uses a range of techniques to give you the skills, knowledge and confidence you want in any social situation. You’ll gain richer vocabulary, greater insight into cultural aspects of English, and important learning tools to help you continue to grow. ”

What’s in it?

The book is particularly focused on social speaking, and does not cover professional English or skills for debating, interviews, or presentations. It covers a wide range of everyday situations, introduces commonly-used vocabulary and phrases, and demonstrates how they are used by native speakers. Throughout the book, the user is exposed to skills needed to speak in an up-to-date, native-like way.

The English taught is meant to be “correct,” but also reflecting the shortcuts taken by native speakers. The aim is to present international English, with a slight bias towards British English. Fillers and vocalisations such as “So,” “I mean” and “um” are used to create a native-like atmosphere throughout the book.

In order to create a comfortable learning atmosphere, the book uses as little grammatical and linguistic terminology as possible.

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Teaching approach used in Social English Power

Each chapter presents a body of concepts, ideas, vocabulary and/or phrases to learn, with clear, concise explanation and usage examples. These are supported by a rich variety of activities ranging from multiple choice questions and substitution tasks to quizzes, games and extended speaking tasks - all designed to consolidate and exercise the input materials, and provide further ideas for teaching. A large number of topical conversations is provided.

A huge range of situations is explored, from college and workplace socializing to domestic activities, breaking the ice with strangers, and even going to the doctor’s.

The English taught is designed to be accurate, up to date, and as close as possible to native-like. Fillers, colloquialisms, idioms, slang, grammatical quirks, and self-corrections are demonstrated and explained throughout.

The last chapter is dedicated to a discussion of learning methods, to help students (guided by their teachers) find their own way to continue growing after the book is mastered.

Who is this book for?

The level of the material is upper intermediate to advanced. It is suitable for more able senior high school students and above. Students can use it by themselves for self-study, or as a class textbook. It is also designed to be suitable for adult learners outside an academic institution, for example, in a workplace English club. Teachers, too, will find it a useful resource. It will be especially helpful for students preparing for the IELTS and other English speaking tests.

It is intended to be suitable for all non-English L1 (native language) speakers, with a slight bias towards the needs of Chinese L1 students (for whom Chapter 4 is specifically intended).