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The English Gym is an oral communication textbook designed for Japanese university students, TOEIC 200-500, IELTS 2-4, CEFR-J A2.1-B1.1, elementary to intermediate levels.
The English Gym Digital Workbook, powered by Paul Raine's ZenGengo! This workbook is designed to be a highly flexible and useful tool for students and teachers. The assignments can be used for ON-DEMAND lessons, IN-CLASS activities or for HOMEWORK. Click on the button for more details.
The English Gym II with Digital Workbook! This textbook is designed for intermediate level English learners, TOEIC 400-750, IELTS 3-5, CEFR-J B1.1-B2.1. Click on the button to go to The English Gym II webpage.
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Reviews & Praise for
The English Gym Series
I have not used a textbook for many years, but this one offers everything I’ve looked for.
Steve McGuire, Nagoya University of the Arts
The English Gym reviewed as a university-wide course book
The English Gym reviewed in The Language Teacher - issue 47.2; March 2023 p. 47-48
Peter Chu, Kansai University
Hi JC, I just wanted you to know that your book has been amazing! It lets me step back and allows the students to shine. I keep getting feedback about how much they enjoy the classes. The students love finding out things about their classmates and even a few have said, "I can’t wait for class next week!" Some of the other teachers have been looking at and noticing the book, too! I know my students thoroughly enjoyed the semester thanks to The English Gym. I'm a big fan!
Tracy-Ann Tsuruoka, Bunkyo University
The English Gym gives students an excellent English work out.
Fun and dynamic authentic texts as well as an easy to use teacher and student friendly website. The video tutorials are really helpful, too.
Michael Lin, Kobe Shoin Women's University
The conversation portion does exactly as prescribed- offers a ‘workout’ in meaningful, natural communication; it’s embedded with communication fillers, reactions and responses, loads of follow-up questions and a variety of conversation openers and closers. There’s also a great section in the textbook that focuses students' attention on Japanese - English errors; the ‘Something's Not Quite Right’ section is great! I’d recommend this text for anyone teaching conversation classes!
David Sandbrook, Kindai University
The students love the Kahoots and Quizlet Live games that are already set up for all units in The English Gym. The textbook also offers online quizzes and tests and Google Forms which make my life as a teacher so much easier. Just a couple of clicks and all the results are there. I can go over missed questions immediately with the class and data can be downloaded into a spreadsheet in a second. The English Gym has so many time-saving features. It's now my "Go-To" textbook!
Dan Mullins, Konan Women's University
I have found that The English Gym is a very flexible textbook. There's a great website with tons of resources, but even without the tech side, the book works wonders. My students understand more, listen more and speak more. But most importantly, they have more fun in class. One of their favorite activities is the Communication Crossword Puzzles, where students need to communicate with each other to complete the puzzle. It's always a big hit!
Eric Cinciripini, Momoyama University
As editor of the English Gym, I was able to see the project in its developmental stages and was thinking 'This is looking to be a pretty good textbook.' Now that it's finished and I'm using it in the classroom I think it's a great textbook. It gives the students what they need to start talking and then build on their conversations as they go through the lessons. I'm really glad I chose this book!
Brian Berglund, Osaka University of the Arts