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Real Talk 1: Authentic English in Context (Student Book and Classroom Audio CD)


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Real Talk 1 , by Lida Baker and Judith Tanka, helps intermediate to high-intermediate students break away from the classroom and enter the world of authentic English. Each of the book’s eight thematic chapters has four parts: In Person, On the Phone, On the Air, and In Class. The listening segments expose students to spontaneous face-to-face conversations, phone conversations and pre-recorded messages, radio broadcasts, and academic lectures.


Listen to sample audio from Real Talk 1 (samples are in .mp3 format):


In Person: Chapter 3: Marrying Someone Different (2:13)

On the Phone: Chapter 6: Calling a Pharmacy (2:31)

On the Air: Chapter 8: Radio Interview –  Lying (2:47)

In Class: Chapter 4: Lecture –  Rap Music (abridged for sample) (2:10)


(Radio interview reproduced with permission of CBC.)


  • Experience authentic language features such as hesitation, interruption, and interjection.
  • Vocabulary exercises prepare students to discuss specific topics.
  • Listening strategies give students tools for personal and academic success.
  • Note-taking and outlining practice prepare students for university and college-level listening.
  • Speaking activities such as role plays, presentations, and debates reinforce the use of authentic English.

 All these features address the new emphasis on listening and speaking skills in current standardized tests.


For high-intermediate to advanced students, see Real Talk 2

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What’s in a Name?

Part One:        In Person   The meaning of your name

Part Two:        On the Phone   Changing your name legally

Part Three:     On the Air   Formal and informal ways of addressing people

Part Four:       In Class   Trends in married women’s last names


Chapter 2: Let’s Get Away!

Part One:        In Person   Travel pet peeves

Part Two:        On the Phone   Airline reservations

Part Three:     On the Air   Travel advisories

Part Four:       In Class   Fear of flying


Chapter 3: Looking for Love

 Part One:        In Person   Marrying someone different

Part Two:        On the Phone   Calling a dating service

Part Three:     On the Air   Staying single by choice

Part Four:       In Class   Love and the human brain


Chapter 4: Music to My Ears

 Part One:        In Person   Your favorite music

Part Two:        On the Phone   Buying concert tickets

Part Three:     On the Air   Downloading music from the Internet

Part Four:       In Class   Rap music


Chapter 5: Getting the Job Done

Part One:        In Person   Your worst job

Part Two:        On the Phone   Job interview

Part Three:     On the Air   Workplace etiquette

Part Four:       In Class   Why Americans work so much


Chapter 6: To Your Health!

Part One:        In Person   Cat allergy

Part Two:        On the Phone   Calling a pharmacy

Part Three:     On the Air   Obesity: A global epidemic

Part Four:       In Class   Two popular diets


Chapter 7: Shop ’Til You Drop

Part One:        In Person   Making an exchange

Part Two:        On the Phone   Renting a car

Part Three:     On the Air   Too many choices

Part Four:       In Class   Product placement


Chapter 8: Do the Right Thing

 Part One:        In Person   Cheating in college

Part Two:        On the Phone   Calling “Lost and Found”

Part Three:     On the Air   Lying

Part Four:       In Class   Ethical dilemmas


Appendix 1     Master Vocabulary List

Appendix 2     Common Abbreviations and Symbols Used in Note-Taking

Appendix 3     Sample Outlines for In-Class Lectures



Product Details

Baker, Lida
Pearson Education ESL
Tanka, Judith
English as a Second Language
Reference - Dictionaries
Foreign Languages-ESL
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Trade paper
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9.9 x 8 x 0.4 in 635 gr

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