Books For Course

10 Dec 2013

Books for the CPE Examination course starting in 2014

The basic textbook for the CPE course is:

title: Objective Proficiency Student book with answers
authors: Annette Capel and Wendy Sharp
publishers: Ernst Klett (on behalf of Cambridge University Press)
ISBN: 978-3-12-540142-6
  1. There are TWO ISBN numbers for this book – this is the one for German speaking countries and if you buy it from outside the German speaking countries you will need the ISBN for the rest of the world.
  2. make sure you have second edition published in 2013 as the first edition was for the old exam format.

There are two set books that you can read and answer questions on but you are not obliged to do so.

The set books for 2014 are:


Howards End An Education
authors: E. M. Forster Nick Hornby
film versions: 1992 Merchant / Ivory version 2009 Scherig film
NOTES: if you are a film watcher the exam board recommend watching the Merchant Ivory version of the film as well as reading the book. This is a film script so if probably better to watch the film before reading the script.

There are two questions one on each book / screenplay in the optional part of the writing paper. If you have read the books / watched the films then you have the option to answer those questions as well. If you are not a book / film person then you still have three other questions from which to choose.

The textbook is necessary but the set books we will discuss in class. Though if you like reading or watching the films you might like to get them as presents at Christmas.

I also recommend that you download the CPE Handbook for Teachers. It is aimed at teachers but there is good information in it for students and I will be referring to it during the course.

And here is an excerpt from Educating Rita about the relationship between a hairdresser who is an evening student (Julie Walters) and a university lecturer (Michael Caine) – here they are discussing Howards End by E. M. Forster (from about 7 minutes and 55 seconds in this clip):