This is my review of Alter EGO B2 4 by Alter EGO.
Coming to this book with a good but very rusty A Level pass, I would say it is useful to revise and extend my knowledge – not sure how effective it would be for the systematic acquisistion of that knowledge in the first place.
This has some interesting extracts from articles on a range of social and cultural issues – "La vie au quotidien et points de vue sur" – mostly dating from 2005-6, which are sufficiently generalised not to date too quickly and provide stimulating discussion points for adults, although I wonder whether "grands adolescents" would find some of them a bit dry.
The CD of interviews and conversations spoken by a variety of voices at "normal" speed, with transcriptions at the back of the book, is very useful.
Grammar is woven quite neatly into the text with clear explanations again at the back of the book, but it is frustrating not to be able to refer to the answers and therefore learn from one's mistakes or gaps in knowledge. Also, some of the comprehension questions on the articles seem to me a bit pointless or unclear.
This is definitely a book best used with a teacher.
Although the pages are quite attractively designed to make you want to read them, the whole book seems somewhat bitty and arbitrary in what it covers.