I’m delighted to announce that Smart Choice Fourth Edition is now available, published by Oxford University Press.
Starter Level and Levels 1-3 have been up-dated with about 50% new content. In addition, levels 4 and 5 are completely new.
I want to thank everyone at Oxford University Press in New York and Oxford who worked so hard to make Fourth Edition a reality, with a special thank you to Louisa van Houten in New York, who has been working on Smart Choice since First Edition back in 2007.
It’s an interesting time to be bringing out a new edition of a course book in print form, especially as most people will continue online tuition in the foreseeable future, in some cases almost certainly until the end of the year. With this in mind, I will giving a talk about ways of using the new edition at the JALT online conference in November.
Smart Choice – the story so far….
Smart Choice was originally a four-level course aimed at teenagers and young adults and was first published in 2007. It’s being used in many different Asian countries, mainly in Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and also in Latin America – principally in Brazil and Mexico. It’s also available in the Middle East and North Africa.
The story of how a Brit (me) came to write an American English course is a bit convoluted, but the simple reason is that OUP New York asked me to do it and I jumped at the chance. It was my tenth or eleventh course book project, my first American English one and my first books for OUP. And I’ve never regretted it.
The formula for the course was devised jointly with my original commissioning editor in New York, whose name is Jeff Krum. Jeff is one of the nicest people you could hope to meet, and certainly one of my all-time favourite publishing people (and I’ve been a published ELT author for 40 years!).
He’s also very persuasive, and got me to agree to certain features that I wasn’t completely sure about. It turns out he was right every time. Every feature that he recommended turned out to be a winner with end-users, both teachers and students.
Like most twenty-first century course material, Smart Choice has lots of components, and some of them – like the Click and Change CD-rom in the first edition and most of the online practice in the second and third editions – weren’t written by me, which is why I can say that they are absolutely fabulous (without appearing the least bit vain). 🙂
Times change, and technology now plays a bigger part in the packages offered with ELT main course material. In common with lots of other recently published course material, Smart Choice now has lots of new features, especially in terms of its online content. There is also a fantastic iTool which gives you lots of different ways of presenting the material onscreen, either with an interactive white board, or via your computer.
In the third edition, there is a very clever tool to use with smart phones, to make learning possible on the move.
You can find out more about the new online features of Smart Choice here.
The following is a rather nice endorsement of Smart Choice from Maria Cristina Salinas Guzmán from Universidad de Guadalajara Mexico:
Let me tell you why Smart Choice is the best series I’ve used in my 15 years’ career. My students are so motivated to be in class because they can do the Smart Choice activities every day with success. After many years with my students just sitting there, I see them now making an effort to speak in class. So, you can see why I am feeling very good with my textbook. Smart Choice really works! And the really satisfying thing is that I’m feeling good with ME as a teacher because I’m having so much success in class.
I’m especially pleased with this review, because it’s written by a non-native speaker teacher. I really love it when non-NESTs feel good about using materials, regardless of who writes them.