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If you’re looking for a good, 4-skills ESL textbook to use with your adult students, then you’ll want to consider the Breakthrough series. It’s well organized, has some interesting topics and the students generally seem to enjoy it. Plus, it’s easy to teach from and you won’t have to waste a lot of time making supplementary materials to go along with it.

Keep on reading to find out more about it, and why you might consider using it.

Review of Breakthrough ESL Textbook Series

I recently used Breakthrough Plus Student’s Book + Digibook Pack Level 2 by Miles Craven for one of my advanced conversation classes. Breakthrough is a 5 level ESL textbook series, ranging from into to level 5. There is all the standard stuff you can find in most ESL textbooks including a test maker, teacher’s book, interactive practice, CD, etc.

Overall, I was very happy with Breakthrough and would definitely use it again, as well as recommend it to anyone who is looking for a book for conversation or speaking classes.

Here are the reason that I liked using it.

Interesting conversation topics

University students in Korea enjoyed the topics in this book. The topics are general enough that students in other countries would also enjoy it. However, they kind of go beyond the standard hobbies, movies, sports, family, etc that you’ll find in basically every single ESL textbook out there.

Communication is the Focus

There are a good number of communicative type activities for use by partners or small groups. It was pretty easy to plan lessons with this book because most of the activities where quite interesting. When I compare this to some textbooks where I can basically use nothing from them because it’s all terrible, this one comes out far, far ahead!

There’s also some nice writing and listening activities mixed in there.

However, if you’re looking to supplement your ESL textbook with a few games and activities to add some variety in your lessons, check out:

Top 10 ESL Speaking Activities for Adults

Manageable Grammar

The grammar teaching concepts are manageable chunks so that it won’t be overwhelming for your students. Contrast this to something like the Touchstone Series with these ridiculously confusing grammar sections.

However, they are not too easy and your students will learn a few new things. The practice exercises are helpful for students to consolidate information.

No Information Overload

There is an adequate amount of material on each page. Not too much, so that you get overwhelmed but no wasted pages either, as in some textbooks.

For an example of wasted pages, check out the Smart Choice Series. Lots of filler and fluff in there for sure!

Check out Breakthrough by Miles Craven on Amazon

If you’d like to check out the Breakthrough ESL Textbook series by Miles Craven, you can head over to Amazon:

Breakthrough on Amazon

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Have your Say about the Breakthrough Series

What are your thoughts about Breakthrough, a 4-Skills ESL textbook? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think. Or, do you have another favourite 4-skill English textbook that you like to use in your classes?

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