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English for Hotel & Catering Industry

Below is a list of some great books and educational material regarding this subject. We have added links to an online US bookstore, should you need further information on these products. You can also copy / paste the name of the author or book into the search box opposite.

We recommend the following books for ESL purposes:

1. Highly Recommended: English for the Hotel and Catering Industry by Rod Revell, Chris Scott, Trish Stott; 112 pages Publisher: Oxford University Press 2004

For younger trainees in the hospitality and catering industry at Elementary to Pre-Intermediate English levels. This new edition has been completely revised to take account of innovations and changing practices within the sector.

Topics reflect the real contexts trainees will encounter in their working lives. Emphasis on understanding and speaking English in practical situations. Two listening sections with accompanying tasks in every unit. Clear focus on key functional expressions and topic-related vocabulary. Activity section in each unit involving real-world communicative tasks. New review sections to check progress. The Student’s Book has 28 topic-based units tapescripts of the dialogues six-language wordlist language review section with exercises. The Workbook has additional exercises and activities with an answer Key. It can be used for class use or self-study. Also Cassette / CD recordings of the dialogues.

2. High Season: English for the Hotel and Tourist Industry by Keith Harding, Paul Henderson; Paperback: 176 pages Publisher: Oxford University Press

For Intermediate Level: Trainees and employees in the hotel and tourist industry who need English both to communicate with guests and to negotiate with English speakers.

How can it be used?: For short, intensive courses. For use with less intensive classes held once or twice a week. Key features

There are 12 free-standing units which cover a range of important topics, such as: Types of accommodation; Dealing with complaints; The business traveller.
Each unit contains a balanced variety of listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. A Language study section in each unit concentrates on the language structures that occur frequently in the context of hotel work. The reading and listening materials are authentic wherever possible and have been put together with the co-operation of a number of hotel chains, independent hotels, and tour operators. The text types vary from formal letters to computerized bills and rooming lists. Key vocabulary is introduced in context through the reading and listening passages, and is developed in Word study sections. The Vocabulary section at the end of each unit consists of a monolingual glossary of important words and expressions.

3. Be My Guest Student’s Book + Be My Guest Audio CD Set or Be My Guest Audio Cassette Set : English for the Hotel Industry by Francis O’Hara; Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2002 + Teacher’s Book

Be My Guest is a language course for pre- and in-service students of Hotel English at the elementary to lower intermediate level. It consists of Student’s Book, Teacher’s Book and audio material on either cassette or audio CD. Written by an author who has considerable experience of teaching this kind of student in France, it focusses on building fluency and vocabulary, and improving grammatical and pronunciation accuracy. The 15 units of the course are each divided into two easy-to-use double page spread lessons and cover the range of communicative situations that hotel workers may find themselves in.

4. Dictionary of Hotels, Tourism and Catering Management by P.H. Collin, P. H. Collin; Paperback Publisher: Peter Collin Publishing

Excellent! Designed for those working in the hospitality industry, this reference provides more than 20,000 entries of vocabulary used in catering, restaurants and kitchens, hotels and guest houses, travel, insurance, industry-specific health and safety situations, as well as basic accounting, business, and personnel management terms. Also included are international airline abbreviations, national airport codes, international telephone codes, time zone information, and more.

5. Check Your Vocabulary Hotels, Tourism and Catering by David Riley; Paperback: 52 pages Publisher: Peter Collin Publishing

This updated workbook is useful for testing and improving vocabulary for those working in the hospitality industry. It includes self-study exercises and practical speaking activities and is suitable for group use or self-study. Word games, crosswords group games, and pair work are used to increase the proficiency and comfort level of the student. It includes notes and full answers to exercises in the back.

6. The International Dictionary of Food & Nutrition by Kenneth N. Anderson, Lois E. Anderson; Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

A comprehensive reference which translates into plain English common and uncommon terms used in identifying food ingredients, menu entrees and meal preparation methods. Includes new and current words that have entered the language due to increased interest in ethnic dining.

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