book has a good coverage of the standard GCSE and IB Ab Initio syllabus.
It has a fast moving style which exposes the student to advanced aspects
of the language fairly early on; however this is done in context and in a
very useful manner. For example already on page 12 some typical classroom
environment questions and instructions are offered for recognition and
Since the book is designed for use in an English speaking environment
there are plenty of links between the two languages that can be used as
effective memorisation aids.
The target audience is young adult beginners and the style and tone of the
book well represents that. There are examples of youth speak and
neologisms and anglicisms mainly used by young people in Italy, for
example chattare. In order to successfully use this book the student
beginners must have a language learning background and ideally know other
foreign languages since a lot of inferences and deductions occur.
Interesting activities are presented and visual clues are used throughout
the book; however I have found the layout personally very distracting and
difficult to read. There is too much on a page and the style is too
concise for me, but I might be too old!! The grammar pages at the end of
the book are similarly too tightly packed.
The studentís workbook is a good companion to the book with plenty of
interesting and varied tasks. In my opinion it could contain more
repetition and reiteration and I did not like the blue ink choice, in my
view quite a tiring colour to read, in the long run.
I will seriously consider buying this book as an additional resource and
possibly adopting it as my course book in the future.