Actively Engaged on the Job, by Nicholas Walker (ISBN 978-0-9938308-1-5)
Ideal for your college beginner b-block students (604-100B), this innovative language learning system was developed to address the problem of low motivation on both sides of the teacher's desk of false-beginner or high beginner ESL courses at the college level.
In contrast to other textbooks with their separate volumes for grammar and skills, Actively Engaged takes a combined approach so that reading and listening themes are fully integrated with grammar lessons, cards games, information gaps, simulations, and a multi-week socially constructed narrative writing project. During the course, language structures are taught and practiced step-by-step for meaningful use in complex speaking and writing tasks. Students have access to a companion website, complete with self-correcting and easy-to-correct online tests and assignments.
Students love the liveliness and cohesiveness of the lessons. Teachers love how manageable their workload becomes with the complete set of online evaluations and integration of the Virtual Writing Tutor to provide instant corrective feedback on writing errors and FieldRelated.com to provide feedback on field-related vocabulary. In short, Actively Engaged on the Job is a pedagogically sound alternative to the formulaic course books on the market.
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