In order to provide consistency and to fully explore the material, the Listening & Speaking coursebooks and their Reading & Writing counterparts provide parallel units at the same level, with complementing key features.
Each image-rich unit consists of 10 pages with an initial Discussion Point to introduce the topic. Students are then exposed to a more familiar, or global, listening text with approachable vocabulary to ensure they are confident with their task. The second, longer, listening text has more detail, requiring students to examine it more critically. Listening and speaking skills boxes focus on implementing new skills, while Developing Critical Thinking sections allow students to reflect on issues presented in the text. Speaking is split into three main parts: grammar, pronunciation and speaking. This culminates in a final, realistic, productive task that gives students the opportunity to use their new skills in a meaningful exercise.
Skillful places a strong emphasis on study skills, supplying students with practical guidance and support on vital life skills such as time management, organization, and preparation, while building confidence for independent learning throughout their university career.
At the end of every unit, there is a dedicated study skills task. In every other unit, the last page presents an example scenario about a student and asks the reader to think critically about whether they demonstrated success or showed a need for improvement. The stages of these tasks help Skillful students reflect constructively on their own performance.
The other end-of-unit skills pages are taken directly from bestselling author Stella Cottrell’s The Study Skills Handbook, providing students with essential tips and short activities to drive them towards academic success.