Progressive Skills 1 Writing Combined Course Book and Workbook

Terry Phillips, Anna Phillips, Nicholas Regan


A new four-level academic course, designed to prepare students for entry into English-medium study.

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ISBN: 9781908614049

CEF Level: B1  IELTS Level: 4.0 to 4.5

Product Description

Progressive Skills: Writing Level 1

Do you need English in your studies? Then you need Progressive Skills: Writing Level 1.

Learn how to:

  • gather and record information
  • organize information into paragraphs
  • organize information into a flow chart
  • use chronological markers
  • refer to tables and figures
  • choose between present and past

Topics include:

Education: A Personal Statement
Psychology and sociology: Extroverts and introverts
Work and business: The interview process
Science and nature: A laboratory report
The physical world: Advantages and disadvantages

Did you know? Progressive Skills books are also available in combined, four-skill editions, with added Portfolio materials: Progressive Skills in English Level 1, Progressive Skills in English Level 2, Progressive Skills in English Level 3 and Progressive Skills in English Level 4.


Format: Paperback

Publication date: 10 Apr 2012

Number of pages: 67


Course Book:

Book maps
Theme 1: Education
Theme 2: Psychology and sociology
Theme 3: Work and business
Theme 4: Science and nature
Theme 5: The physical world

Theme 1: Education
Theme 2: Psychology and sociology
Theme 3: Work and business
Theme 4: Science and nature
Theme 5: The physical world

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Author details

Terry Phillips has worked in ELT for more than 35 years as a teacher, teaching supervisor, manager and language school owner. As a consultant, he has worked in more than 20 countries in all parts of the world, advising state and private language institutions on all aspects of school management. For the last ten years, he has been a full time freelance writer with his wife Anna, producing more than 160 published books in ELT. Although he and Anna have worked for all the major publishers, all recent works have been for Garnet Education. Terry is the series editor of the English for Specific Academic Purposes series for Garnet Education, which aims to prepare students to entry into a particular faculty for English-medium tertiary education. The series won the ESU award in 2009.

Nicholas Regan is an ELT writer and teacher trainer. Since 2002, he has worked as an independent consultant for teacher development in the primary and secondary sectors, covering teaching in under-resourced and crowded classrooms, and working with Ministries of Education, Universities and schools in China, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the EU. He has also been involved in the evaluation of state provision of English teaching. For several years he taught English at secondary school level in Latin America.

For Garnet Education, he has co-authored the ESP course Take-Off, and has also contributed to ESAP: Mechanical EngineeringProgressive Skills in English, New Skills in English, UAE English Skills series and the English for Libya series. He has also written materials for ELT training at Diploma level.

His other work includes examining and assessment design for ESOL teaching qualifications; pre- and in-service training; and supervision of dissertations for MA TESOL students at the University of Birmingham.

He holds the Trinity College London LTCL DipTESOL and an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Reading, UK.

Anna Phillips has worked in ELT for more than 30 years. She has worked as a teacher of both multilingual and monolingual classes, with teenagers and adults, in both the UK and abroad.

Anna began writing materials for special courses as a senior teacher working for the British Council in Oman. Later, as Director of Studies and Owner-Manager of the International House school in Oman, she spent much of her time adapting and developing materials, owing to the lack of suitable course books for the needs of the students. During this period Anna was also extensively involved in teacher training, both in-service and also for CELTA and DELTA. She was also an examiner for CELTA and travelled extensively throughout the Gulf region in this role.

In 1989 Anna completed her MA (TEFL) from Reading University.

Since returning to the UK, Anna has worked with Terry Phillips on a large number of textbooks for a variety of publishers. Anna’s particular interest is making course books more ‘user friendly’ for teachers who are not native speakers of English.


"...the fact that there is a systematic progression from analysis to production, and a discussion of the social reasons for texts being written the way they are (for example why impersonal style matters in academic communication) is refreshing... One of the stand-out features of the series for this reviewer is its emphasis on what it describes as ‘syntactic grammar’. Rather than focusing on the grammar of the verb phrase (the main concern of much grammar study in general EFL), the authors choose to pay attention to the structure of the noun phrase, together with the role of sentence adverbs in information structure and the use of tense in hedging."

Christopher Tribble, King's College London, ELT Journal