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.
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
Something a little bit different.
Discussion pointDiscuss these questions with a partner.1 Do you help others? Describe a helpful thing you did for someone
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.
SKILLFUL PREINT LS_4p.indd 87 16/05/2012 09:38
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