Monthly Archives: November 2012

Ian Badger's BESIG 2012 session: 'Working with authentic listening materials' 


Why use authentic listening materials? How do learners respond to authentic listening materials? How can teachers best exploit authentic listening materials in the classroom? These are just a few questions award-winning author Ian Badger asked during his session ‘Working with authentic listening materials’ at the 2012 BESIG conference in Stuttgart. 

Ian Badger is the author of Collins English for Business: Listening and Collins English for Life: Listening. Both of his titles are based on 100% authentic recordings of native and non-native speakers of English. The recordings and the content in the book help students understand naturally spoken English – however it is spoken around the world.

Click on this link if you’re interested in having a look at the presentation slides Ian used during the session. The slides not only contain the most important key points raised during his session, they also include two original sections of authentic recordings from the books mentioned above. 

Would you like to find out more? 
If you’d like to find out more about Ian’s background and his work, read this interview published in the November issue of the EL Gazette. There is also a video available on our YouTube channel, showing Ian presenting at IATEFL 2012 in Glasgow.

And finally… a bargain!
And last but not least –  the award-winning iPad app Collins Business English: Listening is available in the App Store for £3.99 instead of £10.99. But be quick – this incredible offer is only available until 30th November 2012.

English-Speaking Unit award for Collins First English Words  

Continuing a sensational week for Collins ELT – which began with the Collins Business English: Listening app winning the prestigious David Riley Award for Innovation in Business English and ESP – ​Collins First English Words by Karen Jamieson has been awarded the Best Entry for Young Readers at The English-Speaking Union‘s 2012 English Language Awards.
Described by the judges as “a book that will be read over and over again”Collins First English Words is a picture dictionary for young learners of English. It is full of relevant everyday vocabulary, alongside engaging illustrations, fun activities as well as a CD with lovely songs to capture the imagination. Interested in finding out more? You can look at a sample spread and listen to one of the songs here
The title is available internationally from bookstores and online, and it retails for £11.99 (PB+CD).
We are incredibly pleased about this award, and would like to thank author Karen Jamieson, Publishing Director Elaine Higgleton, songwriter Iskra Anguelova, and Lucy Cooper, Kerry Ferguson and Lisa Sutherland from our Glasgow-based editorial team for creating a truly fantastic and engaging book that many children will enjoy. The delighted team received the award at the House of Lords on 12th February 2013, in a ceremony hosted by Lord Alan Watson, and followed by the inaugural English Language Council Lecture by David Crystal OBE at the international headquarters of The English-Speaking Union in Mayfair.

Collins Business English: Listening app wins Riley Award for Innovation 

There was brilliant news last Friday from the BESIG​ (Business English Special Interest Group) Conference in Stuttgart, with the Collins Business English: Listening app winning the prestigious David Riley Award for Innovation in Business English and ESP.

The award was received by author Ian Badger, Publishing Manager Celia Wigley and ELT Marketing Executive Eva Schmidt in front of 250 of the 500 conference delegates. In his acceptance speech Ian Badger thanked Collins Senior Editor Nikki McMullan, the Collins team as well as the app developers at Red River Press for their support.
The Collins app was up against 12 other innovative Business English products. The judges commented that it was a difficult decision, but that Ian Badger’s innovative use of authentic recordings as well as the app’s smart use of mobile technology meant that it came out on top.
The Collins Business English: Listening app is available for a promotional price of £3.99 (-60%) until 30 November 2012. For more information or to buy the award-winning app for your iPad, click here