A critical review of the book: "The Road Ahead" by Bill Gates
02 July 2007
Pleasant story, precisely written. I found the story technically very interesting. Due to the longer first and second chapters I felt that this book required considerable concentration and would be better designated for intermediate to upper intermediate students, rather than the pre-intermediate indicated on the rear cover. However, the actual text had short sentences and occasionally short compound sentences, which made the actual reading and understanding easier. As I moved on to the later, shorter chapters, I think the level of pre-intermediate - intermediate was correct.
There wasn't a CD with the book.
I think there is a major problem here! It was only when I got to the end of the book that I saw the exercises! I think they should be placed at the beginning of the book - or at least the "Before you read" exercises should be. Perhaps this requires some thought as to actual positions.
Using the book:
This book is highly suitable for students on a technical course. It combines technical language with an interesting story which all students can relate to. I would let the students read the book freely in their own time, while the individual chapters could be used as a classroom exercise or group discussion.
The pocket book size was handy and the story was most enjoyable. I liked the author's pragmatic vision of where technology was heading, and the easy, positive, philosophical attitude he had to changes in our lives caused by technology.
Technical English Language Services.
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