Evident Press currently publishes the EAP Foundation series of text books and the Unlock the Academic Word List series, both for academic English, as well as the Chinese Characters for HSK series for learning Chinese. Details of each are given below.

EAP Foundation series

The EAP Foundation series is written for ESL students who are preparing for, or currently studying at, an overseas university, including those on foundation or pre-sessional courses. Key principles of the books are the importance of self reflection and the usefulness of peer feedback, making them equally suited to independent use as for use in the classroom. Each unit includes a range of exercises, with full answers provided, as well as checklists to monitor progress. Teaching tips for each unit are also provided, meaning there is no need for a separate teacher's manual.

For more information on each title, use the Look Inside or Details buttons below each title. For purchase information, please visit the store section.

  • Academic Presentations
  • Sheldon Smith
  • First Edition
  • January 2018
  • 116 pages

The book is a complete course in giving presentations in an academic context.

Turn the page to look inside.

The first unit looks at preparing a presentation. Subsequent units focus on presentation structure, language, body language, delivery and visual aids.

This is the beginning of Unit 1. The first page of each unit shows the learning outcomes and key vocabulary.

Each unit concludes with a range of exercises, to check comprehension and deepen understanding.

Appendices give additional resources, including data for visual aids and a presentation planning grid.

The book contains guidelines for how to stage the introduction, dos and don'ts for PowerPoint slides, and a wealth of other ideas.

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  • Academic Writing Genres
  • Sheldon Smith
  • First Edition
  • April 2019
  • 425 pages

Turn the page for information on this title .

Students at university need to write in a range of genres: essays, reports, dissertations, abstracts. The book gives advice on each of these.

The book includes units on common essay types such as cause and effect, compare and contrast, problem-solution, discussion and argument.

There is clear information on how to structure each essay type. Example essays help deepen understanding and provide context for language features.

EAP Foundation: Academic Writing Genres was published in April 2019. More details/images will be added soon


Reviews for EAP Foundation: Academic Presentations

This is a very well-organised book which covers the most important stages involved in preparing and delivering a presentation. It is user-friendly and easy to use. [...] A must have whether you are teaching a presentation course or you are an EFL student preparing independently.

Teresa Escardó, review, 16 July 2018

A great book, full of clear, systematic advice. The author clearly knows his subject and I know I will use this book a lot, to take my students through every stage of their presentation, from preparation to delivery.

Amazon UK review, 30 April 2018

[The book] clearly illustrates the author's knowledge of students' needs by skilfully presenting a guide which concisely and clearly delivers a "how to" approach.... Any student who works diligently thorugh the units and who applies the lessons will benefit greatly, becoming confident in their presentation skills, and with much less stress. I wish I‘d had this book when tutoring EFL students preparing for business school. [A]n invaluable resource.

Maureen Clark, Academic/ESL Coach/Tutor, 16 September 2018

Unlock the Academic Word List

The Academic Word List (AWL) contains 570 word families which frequently appear in academic texts, divided into 10 sublists. Each book in the Unlock the Academic Word List series gives detailed information about each of the words, including pronunciation, definitions, word form, word family and common academic collocations. There are comprehensive exercises for each sublist to help students use the words productively. A unique feature of each book is that it gives only the most common meanings of the words as used in academic contexts, rather than all possible meanings, saving much time and effort. The academic collocations are taken from the ACL (Academic Collocations List) developed by Pearson Education. The Introduction includes a study guide to help you understand how to use the AWL to improve your academic vocabulary. The series comprises three books.

For more information on the first title in the series, Unlock the Academic Word List: Sublists 1-3, use the Look Inside or Details buttons below. For purchase information, please visit the store section.

  • Unlock the Academic Word List: Sublists 1-3
  • Sheldon Smith
  • First Edition
  • March 2018
  • 181 pages

The book covers all words in the first three sublists of the AWL, 180 in total.

Turn the page to look inside.

The Contents page shows the areas covered by the book.

This is the word approach, from sublist 1. Note the number of meanings: 1 for verb (originally 5), 1 for noun (originally 9).

This is the sample page, for approach, with the different features labelled.

This is the first exercise. It focuses on meaning.

These are later exercises. They focus on collocation.

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Chinese Characters for HSK

The Chinese Characters for HSK books are keyed in to the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) tests of Chinese. There is one book for each level of the test. The books take a unique approach by focusing on characters rather than words, allowing you to understand the meaning of each component of the word and make connections across levels. As the levels progress, this approach leads to significant economies of scale (e.g. level 6, which has 2500 new words, but fewer than 1000 new characters). Each book includes all new characters in that level, using the simplified characters of modern standard Chinese. There are photographic images for each character, from street signs, shop signs etc., to give a colourful, interesting representation, together with a plain text version for clarity. Pinyin and meaning of each character is included, together with a list of all words in all HSK levels which use that character.

For more information on each title, use the Look Inside or Details buttons below each title. For purchase information, please visit the store section.

  • Chinese Characters for HSK: Level 1
  • Sheldon Smith
  • First Edition
  • June 2017
  • 126 pages

The first book covers all characters in level 1 of the HSK test, 174 in total.

Turn the page to look inside.

The book lists all HSK words which use level 1 characters, up to level 6, totalling 1318 words.

This page explains the layout of the main pages.

Some level 1 characters, like 本 and 不, appear in many words in the HSK test.

While some characters, like 菜 and 茶, appear in fewer words (茶 is only in level 1).

There is an appendix giving information on measure words, and a full English index.

Whether you are at beginning, intermediate or advanced level, there will be something for you in this book.

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  • Chinese Characters for HSK: Level 2
  • Sheldon Smith
  • First Edition
  • July 2017
  • 115 pages

The second book covers all characters in level 2 of the HSK test, 173 in total.

Turn the page to look inside.

The book lists all 1080 words with level 2 characters, and includes all 150 new words in level 2 of the test.

Some level 2 characters have many words in the test.

While some characters appear in very few HSK words.

Some level 2 words use only level 1 characters. They are included in an appendix.

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