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Monday, December 18, 2006

Set Texts 2007

FCE Reader List

Every year Cambridge ESOL renews two books on the reading list for the Writing Paper –Part 2.

The Cambridge ESOL set books for 2007 are:

  • A.J. Cronin, The Citadel (Penguin Readers or any edition)
  • * Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Three Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Penguin Readers or any edition)
  • * George Orwell, 1984 (Penguin Readers or any edition)
  • Arthur C Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey (Penguin Readers or any edition)
  • Richard Prescott, Officially Dead (Heinemann ELT)

*Set also in 2006. All publishers suggested by Cambridge ESOL.

For details of where to find the 2006 books online, see our previous posting. Now let’s have a look at the newly added books on the list.

Officially Dead

This is a simplified book for upper-intermediate students (2200 headwords). The paperback edition is 120 pages long and brings a CD. This is not available for free. However, the publishers offer downloadable worksheets with answers in Pdf format on their site here:

MacMillan worksheets

2001: A Space Odyssey

The Book (266 pages unabridged)

Here you can find the full text, summaries, themes and character analysis:

About the Author, his themes, styles and influences:
Read his quotations! To quote but an example:

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from Magic."

More Food for Thought
Arthur C Clarke. Net – Home to all things Clarkean.
This site includes a collection of interviews with Arthur Clarke. I recommend reading this one done back in 1993 at the writer’s home in
Sri Lanka for Wired magazine. The author talks about the reality he envisioned and the future he foresees including telecommunications and virtual reality. There are a lot of debatable ideas there.

Teachers –and why not students- might enjoy this one too. Here Clarke discusses the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education.

And what about the famous Space Odyssey film?
Coming up soon on the FCE Blog. Stay tuned!

Related posts
Preparing for the Set Book Option
Set Texts 2006
Sherlock Holmes



  • Why not get your students to download the audio books as well in mp3 format? You can find some of them using Limewire, Bitcomet etc.

    It makes reading them a lot easier (not to mention quicker!).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 3:43 am  

  • Thank you for those sites, Craig. You had already mentioned the importance of listening practice on a previous comment.

    I am publishing a post about Audio Books based on your suggestion.

    By Blogger Claudia Ceraso, At 10:05 am  

  • do you know where can I get or download the officially dead book by Richard PResscot, I need it, thanks.

    By Blogger Technical Support, At 3:38 pm  

  • I'm afraid not Pett. That is why I did not include it in the post. If anyone in the community of FCE students know, please leave a comment.


    By Blogger Claudia Ceraso, At 12:36 pm  

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