English for Logistics
Marion Grussendorf (Series: Oxford Business English Express – Oxford University Press 2009)
This is a stand-alone book which has been written for students and teachers of Business English specialising in logistics. It is part of the Oxford Business English Express series and can be used as a supplement to a course, as a short intensive course or for self-study. It is aimed at intermediate level students with knowledge of the industry.
The book is divided into eight sections covering different aspects of logistics. Each starts with warm-up exercises and includes speaking, listening and reading practice. Some of the sections also have practice at writing relevant emails. There are some short segments of grammar practice, for example, passive tenses, but these need supplementary materials if students require an explanation. There is an output opportunity at the end of each section, which gives the students chance to relate the vocabulary to their own experience.
he layout is appealing. Useful phrases are highlighted in coloured boxes and although pictures are used sparingly they are pertinent and could be used for further discussions. The end of the book has a section on useful phrases and vocabulary and also a glossary of acronyms and abbreviations. The MultiROM includes all the listening practices from the book and three practice exercises for each section for students to use on their own.
Overall, English for logistics provides students with the opportunity to improve logistics vocabulary and practise using it in a number of different situations. The topics are familiar to anyone with experience in the industry, which should help weaker intermediate language students. It is a good addition to the Express series and I would recommend it to people looking for material to improve communication skills in all aspects of logistics.