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    Developing essential skills for academic success

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    Academic success requires so much more than memorizing facts. It takes skills. This means that a successful student needs to both learn and think critically. Skillful helps teachers prepare their students for academic work in English by teaching not only languagevocabulary and grammarbut the necessary skills to engage with topics, texts, and discourse with classmates.

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    Skillful gives students: Engaging texts on a wide variety of topics, each examined from two different academic disciplines Skills for learning about a wide variety of topics from different angles and from different academic areas Skills they need to succeed when reading and listening to these texts Skills they need to succeed when writing for and speaking to different audiences Skills for critically examining the issues presented by a speaker or a writer Study skills for learning and remembering the English language and important information

    Teachers using Skillful should:

    Encourage students to question and interact. Learning a language is not passive. Many of the tasks and exercises involve pairwork, groupwork, and whole class discussion. Working with others helps students solidify their understanding and challenge and expand their ability to think critically.

    Personalize the material. Help students make connections between the texts in their book and their own worldhome, community, and country. Bring in outside material from local sources when its relevant, making sure it fits the unit topics and language.

    Provide a lot of practice. Have students do each exercise several times, with different partners. Review exercises and material from previous units. Use the Skillful Digibook to develop the skills presented in the Students Book. Have students complete the additional activities on a computer outside of class to make even more progress. Assign frequent manageable review tasks for homework.

    Provide many opportunities for review. Remind students of the skills, grammar, and vocabulary they learned in previous units. Have students study a little bit each day, not just before tests.

    Show students how to be independent learners. Point out opportunities to study and practice English outside of class, such as reading for pleasure and using the Internet in English. Have them find and share information about the different unit topics with the class. The study skills page in every unit gives students valuable tips for successfully managing their own learning.

    Learning skills, like learning a language, takes time and practice. Students must be patient with themselves as they put in the necessary time and effort. They should set and check goals. Periodic assessments the teacher can print, such as the unit tests, progress tests, and end test on the Digibook let students see their own progress and measure how much theyve learned, so they can feel proud of their academic and linguistic development.

    Dorothy E. ZemachSkillful Series Consultant

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    Every student needs top class reading, writing, listening and speaking skills to succeed at an academic level. Skillful focuses on each of these skills to give presentation, instant practice and complete immersion in that language skill. It offers students the opportunity to develop language skills by presenting them with ideas from todays world, while building critical thinking skills that are vital for academic success.

    Skillful is a brand new five-level course taking students from foundation to advanced. Each level includes both a Listening & Speaking and Reading & Writing coursebook that complement each other through parallel topics and features. Skillful not only provides the tools for academic success but creates an interactive learning environment which encapsulates student debate.

    Skillful is an arena for intelligent thinking.

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    Discussion pointDiscuss these questions with a partner.1 Do you help others? Describe a helpful thing you did for someone

    else recently.

    I do / dont help others because Recently, I helped by

    2 Name some international aid organizations. How do they help improve peoples lives?

    Some international aid organizations are They help improve peoples lives by

    3 Look at the picture and read the saying. What do you think the saying means? Do you agree?

    I think this saying means . I agree / disagree because

    LiSTeninG Listening to storiesListening for past and present time signals

    VoCaBuLary Identifying word families

    SPeakinG Asking for more information

    PronunCiaTion Pronouncing -ed endings

    stuDyskiLLs Using listening notes for testsGetting startedDiscuss these questions with a partner.1 How many days before a test do you usually begin to study? 2 Do you usually study alone or do you have a study partner?3 How do you usually use your lecture notes when you are studying for a test?

    Are your notes useful?

    Scenarioread this scenario. Think about what kei is doing right and what he is doing wrong.

    Consider itread these eight tips for using listening notes to study for a test. Discuss each one with a partner. Which do you think are most useful? Why?1 Begin reviewing your lecture notes a few days to one week before the test.2 Review your notes for a half-hour on several different days, rather than for

    a long time only once or twice.3 Review your notes in the daytime between classes, not only at night when

    you aretired.4 Print out your notes on paper in a large easy-to-read font, and keep them

    with you so you can review them.5 Rewrite your notes neatly by hand on note cards and use them to study.6 Highlight key terms, facts, and ideas with colors or symbols to indicate

    which ones are most important, or most difficult to remember for the test.7 Try to predict questions that you think will be on the test and write

    themdown.8 Arrange a test study session with one or two classmates so you can share

    your notes and quiz each other with your predicted test questions.

    Over to youDiscuss these questions with a partner.1 Which of the tips do you already follow?2 Which suggestions do you want to try before your next test?3 What other suggestions would you give Kei to help him get a better test grade?

    Kei began looking at his lecture notes the evening before a test. He remembered the information from recent lectures, but not so much from earlier lectures. He read all his notes from beginning to end on his computer, then closed his computer and tried to remember everything. He did that three times, and each time he remembered a little more. However, he did not understand some main points and he had no idea what questions would be on the test. After a few hours, he got tired and went to bed. Unfortunately, Kei was not satisfied with his grade on the test.

    Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach the man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

    Chinese proverb

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    There would be no surprise to find out that Skillful follows a skills-based approach. What is refreshing however, is that each unit has been carefully compiled to encourage students to think more laterally about the English language, their studies, and the world around them.

    The students are first exposed to the unit topic through a more familiar, or global passage with approachable vocabulary to ensure theyre composed and confident with their task. The second, and longer text has more detail so necessitates the student to think more, requiring them to engage fully with the associated tasks.


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    Skillful learners arent just engaged by the text, the striking images help store information and ideas generating a springboard for class discussion. Teachers can use these to introduce or close the topic, or just to aid class progression throughout the unit.

    Skillful Listening & Speaking Students Book, Level 1

  • Speaking skill

    We often have to ask for ideas and examples when we are brainstorming with other people about a topic. This is because the goal is to get as many ideas as possible. Therefore, it is very useful to ask our speaking partners to share their ideas and examples.Do you have any (more) ideas?Can you give another example?Can you think of something else?Can you add anything?What else can we say / come up with?Are there any other ideas / examples we can add?

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    1 match the topics with the ideas and examples.

    1 The uses for graphology 2 Reasons why graphology is not reliable 3 Important Japanese customs 4 Examples of swarm intelligence 5 Ways swarm intelligence can help us

    a To make sure a signature is real b Our mood changes the way we write c Bees work together to make honey d To control car traffic jams e Take off your shoes in the home

    2 Work with a partner. Take turns asking for ideas and examples for the topics in exercise 1.

    Pronunciation skill

    In multi-syllable words, the stress or emphasis falls on one of the syllables. In words with three-syllables