Image of a Fast Track
To Reading CD. Five come with the book for self-study, and the recordings
feature Peter Viney, Karen Viney and Terry Phillips.
Peter Viney with Gordon
Watts, organizer of the BELTE conference at Brighton, seen next
to the Garnet Education stand.
Olly Twist of Garnet,Peter
and Gordon Watts.
Peter Viney will be speaking
on "Getting Up To Speed: related to Fast Track to Reading at
the BELTE conference in Brighton on Saturday 17th October 2009.
added with all ten of the DVD-ROM covers for the Oxford University
Press Spain self-study series My
Oxford English series.
These are the covers for Level 1 and Level 10:
The new page has everything
Fast Track to
Reading has just been published by Garnet Education.
for more information.
My Oxford English self-study
program has been launched in Spain. See the OUP Spain website:
We wrote all of the eighty
comedy video sketches for this, eight at each of ten levels. There
are a number of continuing themes in a carefully-structured progression
from simple to complex. The accompanying exercises are English /
Many of our titles have
been put out of print simultaneously by Oxford University Press.
These include Streamline English (but not New American Streamline),
Grapevine, the Storylines series of Graded Readers, and most of
our video courses … A Weekend Away, A Week By The Sea, Mystery
Tour, Grapevine 1 to 3 and English Channel 1 to 3.
Try Amazon or BEBC at
www.bebc.co.uk for any remaining copies.
We cannot supply copies
Peter Viney is talking
at the ENGLISH UK conference in Birmingham at 14.00. The topic is
Fast Track to Reading his forthcoming book for
Garnet Education, which is designed to teach initial reading to
students unfamiliar with the Roman alphabet, as well as to improve
reading speeds for students whose L1 does not use the Roman alphabet.
THINK TANK has restarted
on the ELT News site in Japan. This monthly feature has regular
contributions from Peter Viney. ELT
News is available on this link.
We received the following
kind comment from Poland on Grapevine:
Dear Peter & Karen,
After some 13 years of using the Grapevine series, I must admit
it's unbeatable in its light vein, very well thought out sequencing
of grammar items and the way in which they are presented.
Your book helped me to learn how English should be taught. I became
famous in my area among young and mature learners. I was running
a large EU educational project in Southern Poland - your Grapevine
worked perfectly everywhere.
I've been a university teacher for 10 years specializing in methodology
and happily show future teachers very successful solutions from
your course. Thank you.
Dr Anatol Shevel
Chinese edition of Striker
published by Penguin in association with Beijing World Publishing
Article by Peter in English
Teaching Professional Issue 54, January 2008 on teaching colours.
We've just received this
photo from Brigatta Pomazi in Hungary. It was taken after our talk
at Richard College in Bournemouth in July 2005.
Peter has an article in
the About Language section of Modern English Teacher Volume 16 Number
4 (October 2007) on "Do I Have … or Have I Got …
News For You: What's The Difference."
Modern English Teacher website
More information on "Striker"
by Peter & Karen Viney (Penguin English Reader) at Pearson Asia
Peter and Karen are speaking
on "The Visual Dimension at the Lower Levels" at Oxford
House, Teachers Club, 28 Market Place, London W1 at 7 pm.
Peter and Karen spoke
on "The Visual Dimension at the Lower Levels" for the
Oxford Teachers Club, 111 Banbury road, Oxford.
We just noticed this excellent
review of Handshake on Amazon:
***** (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
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!
Viney has two articles in "Folio" The Journal of the Materials
Development Association. They are in Volume 11.2, April 2007. One
is "Author Test" answering questions set by Dorothy Zeemach.
The other is the Spotlight on An Author feature. MATSDA's website
is at www.matsda.org.uk
and Karen will be giving their talk on "English as a Funny
Language: A History of ELT Dialogue" at St. Giles College in
Brighton on November 4th.
Viney's article in English Teaching Professional, Issue 46, September
2006, 'Fixing a Hole' on the 'future perfect progressive passive'!
For subscription information see.www.etprofessional.com
new Italian edition of A
Grand Day Out has just been published. It's in the New English
Zone series and the DVD comes with the Activity Book in a single
package. The instructions for activities throughout are in Italian.
This edition is only available
Viney's article in Modern English Teacher Vol 15 No 3, July 2006
issue 'How not to write really rotten materials.'
Tour is now available on DVD.This free standing intermediate
video was Highly Commended in the Duke of Edinburgh Language Competition.
Teachers' Academy National Conferences: Achieving Success in the
Viney & Karen Viney will be speaking on "English As A Funny
3rd April - Palermo, Astoria Palace Hotel
4th April - Torino, Collegio San Giuseppe
5th April - Verona, Parc Hotel Gritti
6th April - Modena, Hotel Raffaello
7th April - Firenze, Istituto Salesiano
articles added to the Reviews page on In
English Elementary, In
English Pre-intermediate, Basic
Survival and Sunnyvista
City (see also below).
23rd March 2006 - Peter will be speaking on the "Visual Dimension
in ELT" in Exeter in Devon. Venue is The Globe English Centre
found this in a large survey of graded readers at China Bookworm
on the net:
favorite graded reader so far is Sunnyvista
City , an Oxford Storylines, level 3, by Peter
Viney . The plot and sentences flow smoother than any
I've read. Even with a vocabulary of only 1000 words, the
actions and explanations are clear and succinct.
The dialog is simple but crisp. There are enough characters
to flesh out the story but not so many as to overwhelm us.
The mystery unfolds at just the right pace, not so slow as to lose
our interest and not so fast as to lose our comprehension."
We are touring Italy with
OUP during the first week in April. Look out for news of venues.
We are speaking at the
English UK ELT Management & Practice Conference in Birmingham,
UK on Saturday 11th March, 15.45 to 17.00 as the OUP Guest Seminar.
The topic is 'English As A Funny Language: A Short History of Dialogue
More of Steve Jones's
photos of the OUP Hungary Christmas Conferences can be seen on the
Singlish website, at http://www.singlish.hu/index.php?id=38
There are separate pages
for each venue.
We're just back from a
wonderful trip to Hungary. Many thanks to OUP Hungary for their
organization and hospitality, to Steve Jones for his singing and
participation in our dialogue talk, and thanks to the many teachers
who shared their experiences of using our books. There are pictures
on the 'In
Your Town' section under Articles.This was the poster for the
We thought we'd share
this In English Christmas card which was sent to the In English
team by our designer, Richard Morris, when the Starter level was
published. A Happy Christmas to you all.
The Oxford Christmas conferences
in Hungary feature Peter Viney & Karen Viney.
Peter will be speaking
on The Visual Dimension at Lower Levels.
Peter and Karen will be
speaking together on English As a Funny Language - A Short
History of EFL Dialogue.
These are the venues:
Tuesday 29 November
Wednesday 30 November
Thursday 1 December
Friday 2 December
Saturday 3 December
Details from OUP Hungary,
Budapest: Tel: 466-7080, 372 0167
DVD version of Only in America. This is probably
our favourite video series, and features Edward Norton, just before
he became famous.
1, English Channel 2 and English Channel 3- Double
Identity are also recently available on DVD, as are all
three adaptations of Wallace and Gromit in A Grand Day Out,
The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave.
We just received an e-mail
from someone who hadn't realized you can access titles on our site
by clicking the spines of the books on our opening page! Try it.
OUP website now has more sample pages up from In English Elementary
and In English Pre-Intermediate
e, which allow you to trace a unit through Student Book, Teacher's
Book and Practice Pack.
These quotes on In English
received from OUP Japan:
am using both the Starter edition and the Elementary edition. I
feel the pedagogical approach of both is just right and the layouts
and 'realia' are attractive and well-done. The content of the lessons
is interesting and shows more imagination than most EFL books here.
The touch of humor now and then is also important---my students
were able to react to the humor without any problem. I feel Oxford
has really struck it this time and can see these texts rivaling
Side By Side and other big sellers. Best of luck and thanks. I'll
be ordering from Oxford next year, too.”
Jeff Jones referring to In English. Assoc. Prof. Komazawa Women's
are so many good features but particularly it gives beginners a
vision that English is achievable. I have been teaching English
in Japan for seven years and this is the package that I have been
waiting for. ‘In English Starter' is meticulously crafted and includes
many interesting and practical exercises.”
John Curran, British English Fujisawa
“This is it! Hallelujah! – the size is brilliant and the language
focus very clear!”
Arthur on In English. Poole Gakuin University
We both spoke on 'Exploring
the Visual Dimension with Lower-Level Learners.' at refresher
courses for foreign teachersof English in Bournemouth, Saffron Walden
Peter will be talking
at Richard Language College, Bournemouth on Wednesday 11 May 18.30
to 20.30 on 'Exploring the Visual Dimension with Lower-Level Learners.'
Pre-register with OUP or BELTA at firstname.lastname@example.org
ESOL Core Curriculum guides
for all three levels of In English are now available at the OUP
website, adult courses section. Follow the links here for
notes for Peter Viney at the new Macmillan website,
Versions of Basic Survival
and Survival English with German index, combining Student Book and
Practice Book, published by Hueber
Elements A2 (Basic Survival) and Business
Elements B1 (Survival English).
We now have all components
for In English Pre-Intermediate
in our hands.Many thanks to all involved.
Peter at Disney's California
Adventure, Anaheim in March 2005. This "Streamline" train
was an irresistible subject for a photo.
We spent March in Nevada,
Arizona and California, taking photos of authentic signs everywhere
for future reference.
New information page on
In English Pre-Intermediate
added, with full syllabus, ISBNs and notes
of In English Starter from Modern English Teacher, July 2004 added
to reviews section.
Reference charts on using
English Channel with In English added.
Review of In English Starter
in TESL-EJ, December 2004 by Thinan Sangpanasthada,
'The collection is one
of the finest selections to be used in the language classroom …
Students at the Starter levels are presented with an academically
sound, effectively organized, diverse collection of teaching and
learning materials, with visual aids that are colourful, trendy,
attractive and modern.'
Just returned from Japan.
Many thanks to the OUP Japan team for a wonderful tour. Some pictures
from the tour have been added to In
Your town, under articles.OUP's In English
T-shirt can be seen below,
Japan tour begins. You
can catch us in Sapporo (7 Nov), Kyoto (British Council, 8 Nov),
Kagomisha (13 Nov), Fukuoka (14 Nov), Kitakyushu (15 Nov), Osaka
(British Council, 17 Nov), Nagoya (British Council 18 Nov), JALT
conference at Nara (19-22 Nov), Tokyo (British Council, 23 Nov)
and Maruzen bookshop (24 Nov). Please make yourself known.
Thanks to all the teachers
who attended the very busy OUP Teacher development days and especially
for the many kind comments on Streamline and Grapevine.
September 2004 Dates
for London (Saturday 9th October) and Manchester (Sunday 10th October)
at the OUP days in each location.
September 2004 Photos
of Peter, and of Peter and Karen from IATEFL-Poland in Radom added
to the In Your Town pages under articles. We
both enjoyed the conference very much and enjoyed meeting so many
August 2004 Forthcoming
talks: Peter Viney will be speaking at IATEFL Poland, in their conference
in Radom, weekend of September 17th -19th 2004. He will also be
speaking at OUP days in London and Manchester in October.
August 2004 Check
out recent issues of Modern English Teacher for full reviews
of In English Starter (Volume 13 #3, July 2004) and A
Grand Day Out (Volume 13 #2 April 2004). The review
of In English Starter ends: 'I am very impressed with it,
and strongly supportive of the aims of the authors. In my view it
is the best of the Starter Level books we have trialled so far.'
(Audrey Aitken, British Council, Bangkok).
We are in the studio this week, doing the audio recordings
for In English Pre-Intermediate
which will be published at the beginning of 2005.As on the
previous two levels, Karen Viney and Chris Owen are recording the
audio exercises for the student CD. A team of great actors will
be doing the class CD.
Forthcoming talks by Peter Viney for Autumn 2004 include
IATEFL Poland in September and JALT in Nara, Japan, November 2004.
DVDs are being published by OUP for all three of our Wallace
and Gromit ELT adaptations. These will be published simultaneously
and will include the option of on-screen English language subtitles
as well as the facility to access individual episodes and the teaching
sections within episodes. Many users have requested DVDs.
Reviews of A
Close Shave and A
Grand Day Out added. February 2000 article A
Coursebook writer / coarse book-writer responds … added.
This was originally linked from the tefl-farm website, which has
ceased to exist.
June 2004 - Site redesign with new navigation. Added
an in English page.
Added New Survival English
page, a re-designed Wallace
& Gromit ELT adaptations page with A Grand Day
Out. Added a page for Striker,
the Penguin Reader by Peter Viney and Karen Viney. Added a messageboard
and new articles.