Summit 1 & 2 are awesome books, but they're way too pricey and in dire need of a major update. (ESL)
Having taught English for over 12 years, I must say that Summit 1 & 2 are incredible books. However, I feel they fall short in capturing the latest major trends in the country.
Pearson has become the dominant force in the ESL market in the US, establishing itself as the major player. No other company comes close to offering a comparable product. This leaves ESL schools with limited options: either invest substantial time and resources into developing their own materials and curriculum accordingly, which can be both time-consuming and financially unjustifiable for smaller language schools in the US, or opt for the more convenient approach of entering into contracts with third parties to supply the necessary books and materials. (ESL Books, Summit 1 & 2)
As societies continue to progress rapidly, the field of education often struggles to keep pace, and Summit 1 & 2 are no exception. Incorporating new trends takes time and effort. From a financial standpoint, it's understandable that companies may be hesitant to invest in republishing books or implementing significant changes.
However, Pearson has taken steps to adapt to the changing landscape by introducing e-books, subscriptions, and online support for their various books. This shift has the potential to revolutionize the industry and potentially replace traditional print books in the future. Not only could this transformation benefit consumers by lowering prices, but it also paves the way for a future where online education entirely replaces traditional forms of education. Furthermore, this shift has the potential to increase the accessibility of education to a larger number of individuals in different countries.