I was fortunate enough to be given a copy of a new text book last week (it was published in February 2013) and it’s a great addition to my library of English teaching resources.
Here it is:
“English for International Journalists” by Mike Gandon, published by Routledge.
This is a handy sized book if you teach English at C1 or C2 level to students who are preparing for a career in international journalism. It covers all practical aspects of journalism such as making the initial contact with a potential interviewee, the best interviewing techniques, radio broadcasting, impartial reporting, sensitive issues and writing comments, opinions and blogs.
It also explores the difficulties of phrasal verbs,tricky grammar and a style of English which I call « journalese » – that’s to say the special lexical and grammatical style that you only usually find in newspapers.
The book has been written by Mike Gandon, who is a former programme editor with the BBC, so it’s full of real journalistic language as used by the BBC and various UK newspapers.
This book is for you if:
• You are a teacher of general English to Advanced or Proficiency level students. Even if you don’t teach potential journalists, there are lots of interesting observations on the English language that can be used in a general English classroom.
• You are currently studying journalism but English is not your first language and you wish to improve your understanding of idiomatic English, journalistic English and the general culture of reporting and interviewing in the English speaking world.
• You are already a working journalist and you want to improve your English writing or speaking but don’t have the time to attend English lessons. You can easily dive in and out of this book and there are “test yourself” exercises throughout (with answers).
• You need a reference book just to check that your English is correct when writing in a journalistic style.
English for International Journalists is supported by online resources where you can listen to and practice correct intonation and pronunciation.
The paperback price (on Amazon) is $24 or £19.99
English for International Journalists is also available in hardback.