Way Ahead 1, Teachers Resource Book (Revised Edition)
Key features of this NEW EDITION
NEW All books have been redesigned to include more photographs, giving a fresher, more modern look to the course
NEW General content has been updated, e. g. using computers in the classroom and at home
NEW Scope and Sequence at the beginning of each Pupil's Book make it easy for children and parents to follow the syllabus. All books now include word lists.
The best-selling international Primary ELT course of all time, Way Aheadhas helped children in over 40 countries to learn English.
Imaginative and fun, Way Ahead has been updated to reflect the key features of the old edition that pupils and teachers know and love and to include a fresh design with more photographs, giving a more modern look to the course.
At the lower levels, the books introduce a cast of interesting characters who contextualise the language and make it fun. In the upper-levels, new language is presented through a series of motivating and informative topics, and the course develops the skills the children need to pursue their studies to a higher level.
Many people meeting Printha Ellis for the first time must have thought her quintessentially English, but her accent was misleading. She was as American as apple pie, and was, in 1967, chosen to represent Idaho in the United States College Queen competition.
But Printha, who has died in a car crash aged 57, had lived in England for 30 years, and her awareness of the subtle differences in English pronunciation and usage made a huge contribution to her success as a prolific author of educational English language textbooks.
Her worldwide sales were so huge that her husband described them as "telephone numbers". Her most recent work was with the New Standard English Series, published by Macmillan and FLTRP in Beijing. In China alone, her books are used by more than 6m children each year. Way Ahead, co-written with Mary Bowen, first published by Macmillan for the Middle East in the mid-1990s, but also now used in Russia and eastern Europe, has been a major primary school series.
Printha Jane Ault was born in Pasadena, California, but her family subsequently moved to Idaho. After graduation from the University of Idaho, she went to Thailand as a teacher with the Peace Corps. On arrival, her first task was to teach a lesson to the entire school of 600 children.
On a trip to Nepal, Printha met an Englishman, Mark Ellis, a teacher and novelist who shared her interest in linguistics. They were married in England in 1969. Printha took an MA in literature at Leeds University in 1970. After spells teaching together in Thailand and Libya, they returned to England and became co-authors of two series that were to prove groundbreakers.
The Skill Of Reading was used worldwide, but had its biggest impact in the Middle East, where it gathered a great following. One of the titles, Shades Of Meaning, was especially popular in Jordan, where, on one occasion which Printha delighted in recalling, a taxi-driver was so thrilled that he had his English teacher sitting in the back of his cab that he stopped to introduce her in every village through which they passed.
Mark and Printha Ellis were then commissioned by an iconoclastic editor, Peter Murphy, to produce the Counterpoint series for Nelson's. This was aimed at the young adult market. With its magazine format and dedicated research into original stories, it set new standards. No subsequent course-book in this field published in Britain has been unaffected by it. Printha was awarded an MA in linguistics at Birmingham in 1991.
She believed strongly that, to be an effective communicator, she had to meet her audience. She was an enthusiastic and fearless traveller, who promoted her books and gave seminars around the world. In Saudi Arabia, she found herself lecturing to an audience of men and women separated by a screen, around which only she could see both sides.
In Libya, she taught literature to male students, one of whom, on being shown Sir Walter Raleigh's poem My Body In The Walls Captived, came up to her and claimed, "We are all captived both in body and soul."
As well as possessing a global perspective, Printha was an enthusiastic member of her local community in Marlborough, Wiltshire. She and Mark helped to found the town's noted jazz festival, and her promotional skills proved invaluable to its growth in size and prestige.
Printha Ellis taught English as a foreign language on four continents, including extended periods in southern Asia and northern Africa. Following an honours degree in English, she was granted masters degrees in English Literature from Leeds and, more recently, Applied Linguistics from Birmingham. She also worked as a writer-in-residence at two British Council summer schools held at Durham University, based on the themes of authenticity and innovations in ELT.
Printha worked on more than ten coursebook series aimed at levels from kindergarten to adult. Most recently, she collaborated on a major secondary course for Europe, as well as a large Macmillan primary initiative for China. In the course of her career, she wrote a number of highly-successful courses for Macmillan including Surprise, Pyramid and Way Ahead, and Move Ahead.
Teacher's Book - full teaching notes and particular help with teaching the alphabet, plus extension activities and photocopiable tests
Autori: Mary Bowen, Printha Ellis
Anul aparitiei: 2011
Nr. pagini: 61
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