In Company Original – The Best Bits…

Posted by Charlie on 24 February, 2011

Everything grows up..  And we’ve seen In Company blossom from the Original Edition to the Second Edition.

However, we want to hear from you about what you miss from the Original Edition that may not have made it into the Second Edition.  Did you have a favourite exercise that’s not there any more?  Let us know what it was and if you’re lucky we’ll try and pop them on the site so you don’t lose them…

Leave us your comments below!

Comments (8)

  • I was a big fan of the layout of the original teacher’s book. It is exactly how I think all teacher’s books should be laid out, with the layout of the student book on one side, with all the answers filled in, and corresponding teacher’s notes and audio scripts on the other. It’s so much easier than having answers listed completely separately from the questions. Also, it was great to have a textbook which left a realistic amount of space for students to write their answers.
    There was a great reading and listening lesson in the upper intermediate book called something like “The global village”, perhaps a bit out-dated now, but at the time, I think it was the best reading lesson I’ve ever taught. It really got the students talking, and using some great target language.

    Anna Thomson on 29 March, 2011
  • Thanks, Anna, for letting us know what you really loved from the Original Edition In Company. We’ve tracked down the PDFs for the lesson you mentioned and you can access them here:

    I hope you enjoy using this lesson again in your classes.

    Charlotte on 31 March, 2011
  • I, or should I say we, enjoyed the Voice and visuals exercises on page 25 of the old course book. A great favourite with the ladies being of course, The Witches of Eastwick and for the gents it would have to be: Mel Gibson in Braveheart. Shakespeare isn’t as appealing.
    Working further back in the first edition… unit 3 – Material world … the quiz is great. In the 2nd edition it’s more ‘grown-up’.

    Perkowska Danuta on 5 April, 2011
  • Thanks Danuta!

    We’ll try and tack these ones down for you and stick them on the site.


    Charlotte on 5 May, 2011
  • Certain elements of InCo UI are more contemporary and attractive (CSR, meetings game p47, Bio/jazz teams, Purple Cow/ Blue Ocean, speechmakers p96, Faith in the Future).
    The email & teleconf units are still my benchmark for perfect material, and the review units work well and are most welcome.
    But many of the topic debates are a) over-complicated and b) involve overlong listenings and/or preparation – (Stakeholder Game, Cash or Conscience, Winning Formula, Mystery Leaders, etc). Role-plays in particular make my multinational group fractious. They repeatedly complain that set-up time and absorption of relevant background takes up far too much time.
    Overlong listening in fact is a major beef. (Teams, p50 is an example. Students have requested we do no more listenings from the book, asking me to provide shorter pieces from other sources).
    Voice and Visuals (I agree with Danuta) – movie speeches are always a great success. Shakespeare does not work and often alienates. I now use both books, plucking contemporary cherries from the new but never letting go of the reliable, trusted original.

    Jill Prewett on 5 May, 2011
  • Hi there Jill,

    Thanks so much for your comments (and sorry for the late response!).

    It’s really useful for us to know what works and what doesn’t and thank you for taking the time to let us know! Really interesting to hear that the role plays take a lot of preparation and we’ll try and address this in any future publications!

    Thanks again.

    Charlie and the Macmillan Business English Team

    Charlotte on 8 July, 2011
  • I use this book sometimes but often I can’t use it because it always talks about groups of students and I cannot adapt the content to two people. I wish you’d cut the ‘groupy’ references especially when they refer to four or five people.
    Many business people take lessons in very small groups and so all the lessons in the book seem too big!

    Perceval on 21 December, 2011
  • Dear Perceval,

    I just wanted to drop you a quick line to reply to your comment on I’m glad you’re visiting the site and appreciate you taking the time to post a comment. We are really grateful for user feedback – both the positive and the negative.

    We’re always looking into ways to improve our titles so I have passed your comments onto our editorial team and we’ll look into implementing these changes in the future.

    Many thanks again,

    Charlie and the Business English Team

    Charlie on 17 January, 2012

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