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  • The course offers comprehensive digital components in the form of a page-faithful Digibook and an online Skillful Practice area, which includes interactive activities, productive tasks, video material, a full markbook, and a tests area with additional exam-style practice activities.
  • Each unit provides opportunities to engage critically with issues raised in the texts and to consider concepts beyond their superficial meaning, helping to develop critical thinking skills, such as evaluating and synthesizing information.
  • The critical thinking skills are supported by the Academic Keyword List, compiled by the Centre of English Corpus Linguistics at the University of Louvain.
  • The course takes a skills-based approach, with each unit distinguishing between global, overall skills and close, or detailed, language skills, and can be used flexibly, either to focus on distinct skills, or as an integrated package between the Listening & Speaking and Reading & Writing Student’s Books.
  • A systematic development of practical study skills is provided through realistic case studies and material by Stella Cottrell, author of The Study Skills Handbook.
Highly visual, photographic images open each unit, with unusual, thought-provoking topics. Teachers can use these to introduce the topic and generate ideas for class discussion.
Unit objectives are summarized on the opening page.
In every unit, a Discussion Point leads into the unit topic.
The Vocabulary Preview pre-teaches essential vocabulary which appears in both reading texts within the unit.
Before You Read introduces the reading topic to prepare students for the subject matter they are about to encounter.
The Skills Boxes focus on the newly-presented skill, explaining why it's important and how to do it. They also highlight reading tips.
Academic Keywords boxes highlight essential terms for students to learn, a list compiled by the Centre of English Corpus Linguistics at the University of Louvain.
Developing Critical Thinking is a major feature of the course, helping students reflect on the issues presented in the text.
Global Reading is the first time students will read the text, encouraging them to engage with the big issues and the overall idea.
Close Reading is where students make an in-depth, detailed analysis of the text.
Sentence frames support students who lack confidence with their speaking skills, offering useful vocabulary and structures to frame their opinions.
Useful language boxes feed ideas to develop critical thinking and support discussion questions.
Vocabulary Skill boxes give students advice on developing the ways in which they learn and remember vocabulary from the reading texts.
The Writing Section has two main parts: Grammar and Writing Skills. Essential information is given on these in specific boxes on the page. The introduction to the section gives students the context within which they will study the productive skills.
The Writing Skill boxes provide writing advice which will be used in the upcoming productive task, and explain why it's important. They also highlight what linguistic features to look out for.
The Grammar box provides notes on form and function, assuming prior exposure to the language. Each Grammar box combines with that of the Listening & Speaking coursebook, covering two aspects of the grammar point (in this case, the Listening & Speaking grammar is simple past tense questions).
At the end of the Writing section, there is a Writing Task for students to put ideas from the texts and the skills from the section into practice. The task is introduced with a simple exercise for students to identify key grammar and language skills in action.
Students are guided through the different stages of the writing process to complete their Writing Task.
Every unit ends with a Study Skills page. In every other unit, this takes the form of practical guidance from Stella Cottrell's bestselling The Study Skills Handbook.
Alternate units like this one present a scenario and ask readers to think critically about whether the example student demonstrates success, or the need for improvement. The stages of the task help students reflect constructively on their own performance.
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