cultural reader for intermediate English
Background to English,
cultural reader for intermediate English - CEFR levels B1 - low B2.
reading texts, with
exercises and answers
- 112 pages
Available from Amazon
, Barnes & Noble (USA), Blackwell's , Waterstones (UK) Smith and son (France)
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* Twenty-seven B1 or easy B2 level
lengths 400 to 700 words.
with each text
texts with British and American
* Up to three exercises
for teachersA Background to English
a collection of culturally-relevant intermediate English texts,
providing valuable insights into the background to modern British and
Designed primarily as a background reader for
intermediate learners in high school English classes worldwide,
this book is also a useful resource for home learning and private study.
As the Oscar-winning Italian film-maker Frederico Fellini once noted, "A
different language is a different vision of life."
Languages do not exist in a vacuum; they evolve over time as an
expression of the culture of the people or peoples who have created
them. Although English is no longer the expression of one single
culture, the culture of England, it remains a language that is born out
of - and still often reflects - the culture and mentalities of the English-speaking world,
essentially the British Isles and North America
Even the varieties of English spoken in other countries, India,
Australia, New Zealand and other places, have their origins in the
"mother tongue", and evolve with it.
From intermediate level upwards (CEFR B1) the background culture
of the English speaking countries provides valuable insight into the
English language. Contemporary English, wherever it is spoken or
written, is full of cultural references, historic references,
expressions and images that are rooted in British or American life.
This reality tends to be recognised in the high school English
programmes followed in many countries, where the syllabus includes
learning about life in Britain, the USA, Australia and other parts. By
contrast, it is often lacking in EFL materials, notably reading
resources, devised for use outside the framework of secondary school
Many of the "readers" available to students - and there are
plenty of them online or in book form - have little or no cultural
content, and are often filled with anecdotal stories or articles which
may be interesting in terms of the language they use, but do little to
develop readers' background knowledge of the English speaking world.
This collection of intermediate reading texts is different. Through
twenty-seven texts, fifteen about life in the UK, one transition piece
Chaplin - the Londoner who became the face of Hollywood), and eleven
about life and events in the
USA, it explores people, places and events that are part of the
“civilisation” or cultural background to the English language. Some
texts come with audio which is accessible online.
- units cover a varied range of topics on the background to modern
Britain and the USA, inclujding British Royalty - the English
parliament - London - the Beatles - Robin Hood -
Charlie Chaplin - Thanksgiving - George Washington -
The opening of the West - Al Capone - Hollywood
- Plastic pollution..... and seventeen others.
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"There's such a wide
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