by Peter Viney & Karen Viney
is a pre-intermediate course which is arranged according to an innovative
Communication Skills syllabus. Below this surface level, lies a set of
carefully graded materials moving in a progression from simple to complex.
The innovative syllabus makes it particularly suitable for those using
or intending to use English in a working situation. The Workbooks are
an integral part of the course. It is also ideal for students who have
completed a general English course, and who need to activate their knowledge
(in an adult context) before deciding whether to continue their studies
in an academic direction or a vocational or business direction. Handshake
is our personal favourite among all our ELT materials.
Amazon review, 2001:
* * * * * (5 stars)
A compendium of colourful commercial content and context!, 1 Dec 2001
Reviewer: A reader
Handshake is the bible for any person, whether they be teacher or
student, with a focus on the business world and requirements of the professional!
The pages are attractively laid out and easy to follow as each category
is clearly defined, for example presenting information or expressing emotions.
Each unit incorporates an extensive summary of the grammar covered, complete
with exercises set in relevant business contexts. I have used this book
on a regular basis for a range of pre-intermediate to advanced students
(even of a most discerning nature) and all have been suitably impressed
by the relevance of the contents to their business and social lives!
As a business teacher for the last ten years, both in the UK and abroad,
I cannot rate this book highly enough and would recommend this as the
first book to accompany either teacher or student on their journey into
the world of business communication!
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