The revised edition of this book is designed with a greater emphasis on text and collocation, in keeping with recent trends in the world of English as a Foreign Language. It also incorporates the many changes to the revised proficiency examination from December 2002, such as word formation and multiple word meaning. The book is also intended for use at the level of CAE, and includes new exercises practising the formal/informal register transfer task.
Most of the practice sections in the Grammar and Vocabulary sections reflect such changes, and where texts are retained from the first edition, they have been given more of an exam focus.
However, the core of this highly successful book remains the same. The grammar section now includes some additional revision and more subtle advanced points. Units on phrasal verbs, prepositions and linking devices are also included. The grammatical information provided can be used for reference when needed, or worked through systematically.
The vocabulary section includes topic-based vocabulary, collocations and idiomatic phrases. It also recycles work on prepositions, and phrasal verbs.
The book can be used as a self-study reference grammar and practice book or as supplementary material in classes preparing for the CAE and Proficiency exams. If used for classwork, activities can be done individually or co-operatively in pairs or small groups.
There are regular consolidation units which include forms of testing commonly used in both exams and the material covers a range of difficulty appropriate to both exams.