The materials are intended to be creative, presenting the students with motivating material; fluency-focused, bringing in accuracy work only in so far as it is necessary to the completion of an activity; task-based and focused on problem-solving, motivating students to use language in an active and practical way, as well as relating the tasks to the students' own experiences. "Oxford Supplementary Skills" can be used as a supplement to a core course book for extra practice and also as modular course material, offering the teacher scope for flexibility.
In order to read effectively in English, advanced learners need to develop a range of skills. "Effective Reading" provides a wide variety of interesting, up-to-date reading material with challenging and motivating exercises which develop the relevant skills. All the texts are authentic and come from many different sources including contemporary British and American novels, newspapers, magazines and advertising. Each unit contains one or two reading passages, four or five skills exercises, and suggestions for further work. The Teacher's Book gives useful background information on the texts, answers to exercises and more ideas for follow-up work.
Literary texts and extracts can provide a stimulating basis for classwork on language appreciation and oral fluency. This book for upper-intermediate and more advanced students contains a wide range of texts with related exercises which aim to make literature more accessible while developing general fluency. It is organized thematically, covering such topics as Family, Environment, Rebellion and Women. There is a minimum of three texts in each unit and the related activities are varied and thought-provoking, to stimulate and sustain discussion. The last part of each unit draws together what the students have read: first, by considering the different treatments of the theme; then by actively involving the students in a stimulation which relates theme to text; and finally, by analysing the literary uses of language illustrated in the texts.
Reading comprehension is so much more than just reading words, and this book explains how to develop all aspects of it for pupils aged 7–11. Written by top experts in the field, it includes eleven in-depth case studies – taken from real-life classrooms – of lessons on fiction and non-fiction, poetry and picture books, advertising and film.