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"Oxford Bookworms" offer students at all levels the opportunity to extend their reading and appreciation of English. There are six stages, taking students from elementary to advanced level. At the lower stages, many of the texts have been specially written for the series, to provide elementary and lower-intermediate students with an introduction to real reading in English. At the higher stages, most of the books have been adapted from works originally published for native speakers. The language controls used in "Oxford Bookworms" are based on a syllabus specially created for the series by Tricia Hedge. This takes account of the more traditional approaches to grading and recent research into the nature of reading difficulty. The approximate vocabulary count for each stage is: Stage 1 - 400 words; Stage 2 - 700 words; Stage 3 - 1000 words; Stage 4 - 1400 words; Stage 5 - 1800 words; Stage 6 - 2500 words. All stages have exercises for classroom or private use, plus a supporting glossary to help students with vocabulary. Illustrations are used, especially at the lower stages, to help more

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  • Paperback | 111 pages
  • 120 x 190mm | 125g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • black and white illustrations
  • 0194226840
  • 9780194226844

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Yorkshire cops Dalziel and Pascoe (A Killing Kindness, Ruling Passion) make a welcome return here - but, with the killer out-front throughout, this is more a black-comic entertainment than a murder-mystery. A prologue shows us little Patrick Aldermann secretly triggering his Auntie Florence's fatal heart attack; then it's 20 years later, and Patrick is a rising accountant at the Perfects Co. (bathroom fixtures). Has Patrick, in fact, murdered several people to get near to the top? So believes his boss Dick Elgood, who confides in Inspector Pascoe. Indeed, the more that Pascoe looks into Patrick's past, the more suspicious deaths he finds: virtually anyone who stood in Patrick's way (about anything) soon had a fatal accident. And it now seems likely that Elgood (who's dallying with Patrick's wife Daphne) is the next target - but the cops can't yet make an arrest: too little hard evidence. . . not to mention some complicating personal relationships. (Daphne is chums with Pascoe's wife Ellie; fat old Dalziel is sleeping with Patrick's mum Penelope!) With a nice, low-key fadeout and a botanical motif throughout: sly, tart British crime-entertainment - uncompelling, a bit overextended, but drily engaging. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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