Textbooks for all levels are designed to help non-native English speakers acquire the reading competencies they need to become effective readers of academic texts in English.
All textbooks contain:
- reading comprehension texts that present the author's position and/or present research results.
- sets of guided comprehension questions for each text.
- teaching points related to language in use, implementation of reading comprehension strategies and typical features of academic discourse.
- corrective feedback so that textbooks can be used either for independent study, without a teacher as well as for classroom use.
These materials are carefully integrated to provide:
- pre-reading activities that introduce key vocabulary and build schema.
ample opportunities for vocabulary learning.
- strategies for understanding the main ideas in a text without reading every single word.
- post-reading activities that focus on higher-order thinking skills such as evaluating, criticizing, inferencing, synthesizing and applying new information to other contexts.
Criteria for text selection include:
- topics that interest students.
- high percentage of frequently-used words based on Coxhead's (2000) Academic Word List.
- texts which illustrate typical features of academic discourse.
To ensure a smooth transition between course levels, students' textbooks contain texts that increase in length and in level of difficulty as each course progresses. Texts at elementary level are relatively short (approximately 400 words) and increase across the levels until they reach discipline-related texts (approximately 5000 words) at advanced levels.
Summary of information:
Course level (level of
words in texts
|Pre-beginner's level||26||160 - 350|
|Elementary level (Beginner's level)||25||400 - 1400|
|Lower intermediate level||15||500 - 1300|
|Intermediate level||19||600 - 2000|
|Pre-advanced level||16||770 - 3800|
Interdisciplinary social sciences
|19||1500 - 5000|
|Psychology and education||10||2000 - 5000|
|Humanities||16||1500 - 5000|
|Life sciences||18||1500 - 2500|
In addition to textbooks, a series of multimedia interactive courseware is available to provide supplementary practice for students in lower intermediate, intermediate and pre-advanced levels.
Courseware features include:
- interactive exercises to ensure that students remain actively engaged while learning.
- immediate corrective feedback to help students who answer incorrectly to understand why their answer is wrong.
- use of animation to compensate students who don't have a teacher.
- sound options that allow students to listen to teaching points and feedback while they read. This support feature reduces cognitive load and helps students remember key points.