English for Academic Study: Speaking & Pronunciation American Edition Instructor’s Manual

Joan McCormack, Sebastian Watkins, Jonathan Smith, Annette Margolis


A university preparation course published in collaboration with the University of Reading.

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ISBN: 9781859645758

Upper intermediate to proficiency, TOEFL 500 to 600
CEF Level: TOEFL 500 to 600  IELTS Level: 5.0 to 7.0

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English for Academic Study: Speaking & Pronunciation

EAS Speaking & Pronunciation is for students who need to communicate clearly and effectively in an academic environment. The book is designed to help students develop the speaking skills they need to participate in academic classes and discussions, and to enable them to improve their presentation skills. It makes use of engaging topics such as: changing roles in the family, the influence of the media, and science and the paranormal. The book also aims to help students develop their pronunciation to a level that will enable the listener to understand them with ease. The Speaking and Pronunciation sections can be studied separately, or used together as part of an integrated program of study.

Speaking focus includes:

  • Developing a presentation
  • Participating in a discussion
  • Anticipating arguments before a discussion
  • Using a text to support ideas
  • Presenting information from charts
  • Leading a class
  • Finding a focus for a presentation
  • Designing a questionnaire
  • Participating in a debate
  • Presenting a research proposal

Pronunciation focus includes:

  • Vowel sounds, word stress, and weak forms
  • Vowel sounds and word stress forms
  • Consonant sounds and sentence stress
  • Consonant sounds and word stress on two-syllable words
  • Diphthongs and sounds in connected speech
  • Consonant clusters and tone units
  • Diphthongs and tone units
  • Consonant clusters and intonation

Each unit has weblinks offering additional information and activities, related to both speaking skills and pronunciation, and the topics covered in the units. A dedicated website, www.englishforacademicstudy.com, offers further instructor resources.

The book can be used in conjunction with the following books in the English for academic study series, also published by Garnet Education: EAS Reading & Writing, EAS Extended Writing & Research Skills, EAS Listening and EAS Vocabulary.


Format: Paperback


Unit 1: Communicating in Academic Situations
Unit 2: Classes and Discussions
Unit 3: Examining Underlying Assumptions
Unit 4: Reading into Speaking
Unit 5: The Use of Data
Unit 6: Consolidation Unit
Unit 7: Supporting Your Point of View
Unit 8: Collecting and Presenting Data
Unit 9: Thinking Rationally
Unit 10: The Importance of Reflection
Reading Texts
Appendix 1: Useful language
Appendix 2: Miscellaneous instructor’s manual

Author details

Joan McCormack is the Director of the Self-Access Centre at the University of Reading, and works as an EAP Lecturer and Course Director. She has worked in Japan, Peru and Spain, and has been involved in the field of EAP for the past 12 years.

Her areas of interest include the development of materials for teaching extended academic writing and research skills, as well as fostering the development of learner autonomy in students.

Joan is co-author of two of the titles in the English for Academic Study series: Extended Writing and Research Skills and Speaking.

Jonathan Smith has many years’ experience teaching and teacher training in Europe, North Africa and the Far East, and now works as an EAP lecturer and course director at the Centre for Applied Language Studies at the University of Reading.

His academic interests include the teaching of oral skills and the applications of technology in language learning. He has co-authored two books in the English for Academic Study series: Listening and Pronunciation.

Sebastian Watkins co-authored the Speaking title in the English for Academic Study series, published by Garnet Education. Since 2002, he has also taught English for Academic Purposes at the University of Reading to both pre-sessional and in-sessional students.

Prior to that, Sebastian spent time working in Spain, Turkey, Hungary and Oman, concentrating on Business English, IELTS preparation and teacher training on UCLES CELTA courses. He received a Masters in TEFL from the University of Reading in 2004.

He also directs and teaches on tailor-made short courses in ESP for a range of external sponsors.


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