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November 18, 2010

Tom Kenny's "Nice Talking with You" to be published by CUP

NTWY%20cover%20C1.jpg A new, revised and updated edition of Nice Talking with You by Tom Kenny and Linda Woo will be published by Cambridge University Press in April 2011.

The course, formerly published by Macmillan, has a “conversation strategy”-based approach to improving learner fluency. Conversation strategies, according to Kenny, are words and phrases that help learners fix communication problems, react in English (instead of in their native tongue), and keep the conversation going. “For years, co-author Linda Woo and I have been thrilled that so many teachers have found the text both useful for their students and so simple to use in the classroom,” said Kenny. “It’s been great working with Cambridge, because their editors were filled with terrific ideas about how to complement what we already had.”

For the new edition CUP allowed the authors access to the Cambridge International Corpus (CIC), a huge database of over one billion words of English. Kenny commented: "Using the CIC to inform the text has helped ensure that the words and phrases presented in Nice Talking with You are the most useful, frequent and commonly used, helping students focus on the language they really need to communicate effectively."

“Working with Tom and Linda has been a great pleasure,” said Cambridge editor Richard Walker. “As a result of their energy, enthusiasm and experience, we have produced a text that is sure to help students become confident and effective speakers of English.”

To supplement the Cambridge-published text, the author has developed a website to support teachers and their students.

Reported by: Russell Willis

See also:
• Nice Talking with You website
• Tom Kenny's website

• interview with Tom Kenny from 2001

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