As far as some hot tips are concerned, we would like to draw attention to very progressive ELT materials published by Cambridge University Press (CUP) (http://www.cambridge.org/elt/catalogue) and their supplementary readers and audioreaders that have won many awards. Directly on their web pages http://www.cambridge.org/elt/readers students can test their language skills and choose suitable books for reading. Afterwards, we can order them in our learning centre.
Among monolingual dictionaries attention should be paid to a new Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary(http://www.dictionary.cambridge.org) and to the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (http://www.ldoceonline.com ). These are very popular and are suitable for preparation for international examinations and as an aid in English language study both at secondary schools and universities. They should not be absent from the bookcase of any keen learner of English.
In expanding students’ vocabulary an irreplaceable piece is Oxford Learner’s Wordfinder Dictionary(www.oup.com/elt/catalogue/isbn/0-19-431308-5?cc=global ), that allows the users to go from the known to the unknown and shows them words related by meaning and use. Equally, Oxford Collocations Dictionary for Students of English (www.oup.com/elt/catalogue/isbn/0-19-431243-7?cc=global ) thanks to its more than 150,000 common word combinations helps students write and speak natural-sounding English. All these dictionaries are now available in our small bookshop.