Progressive Skills in English 1: Workbook
Do you need English in your studies? Then you need the Progressive Skills in English Course.
The course builds the skills required for lectures, tutorials, reading research and written assignments in English.
Now with fantastic, extensive online resources at www.skillsinenglish.com
Listening skills include:
- waiting for definitions
- recognizing time signposts
- predicting the next word from context
- understanding location
Speaking skills include:
- organizing a talk
- choosing the tense
- taking turns
- checking sounds in a dictionary
- giving a scientific explanation
- introducing a talk
Reading skills include:
- preparing to read
- recognizing advice
- dealing with new words
- finding and using topic sentences
- transferring information to a table
Writing skills include:
- organizing information into paragraphs
- gathering and recording information
- using chronological markers
- referring to tables and figures
- writing about a photograph
Go to www.skillsinenglish.com for fantastic, free student resources to practise, and improve on your skills. Resources include practice activities for: vocabulary, grammar, reading, listening and speaking.
Did you know? Progressive Skills is also available in separate Listening & Speaking, Reading and Writing courses.
Accompanying Progressive Skills in English 1 Course Book and Teacher’s Book also available.
31 May 2011
Number of pages: 96
Theme 1: Education
Theme 2: Psychology and sociology
Theme 3: Work and business
Theme 4: Science and nature
Theme 5: The physical world
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.
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.
“Progressive Skills in English builds the skills required for academic English in an engaging, varied and stimulating way.
I’m not usually keen on skills-based courses, as there can be a danger when focusing on individual skills that it takes away from the holistic approach to language learning that many students benefit from. However, these books from Garnet offer a variety of tasks, a crossover of language skills and engaging materials, and avoid feeling as forced or contrived as lessons can be when you try to isolate one particular skill.
The course is called Progressive Skills in English, and it’s fair to say the course title actually reflects the course. It is possible to make good, solid progress in language learning with this book. It is focused on working towards the IELTS Academic test or building university students’ academic English skills. However, I’ve also found this course book works very well with motivated General English small groups or individuals learning in a more intensive manner.
It works well for adult learners and I like that the course maintains some aspects of fun, discovery-based tasks that children and adolescents often enjoy in their courses but which can be missing from adult-orientated courses. While commonly used in materials for younger learners, the colour coordinating of new grammatical structures worked particularly well here, allowing students to visually feel their way around the new language and to feel more engaged.
It’s a four-level course, from Intermediate to Advanced. Each Course Book is supplemented by a Workbook, and includes CDs and a DVD. The “learner’s dictionary” with course section references at the back of the book is a really useful addition – more course books should include this for ease of reference.
The Course Books are broadly divided into five themes, which are then examined skill by skill. While it is possible to chop and change between themes and skills, following the material from start to finish makes it easier for students to progress onto more intricate and involved tasks. Overall, I felt the pace of the book was good and there is a constant sense of moving forward, meaning my students were keen to see what came next.
My only gripes are that in places the page layouts don’t have as much space as they could, giving the impression at times that there’s too much going on. I also found that the Teacher’s Book could have gone into a greater depth about the material in general. It would also have been nice to see photocopiable resource material included in the Teacher’s Book. Some additional resource material is provided or linked to on the course website, but it is not as complete as you might expect.
Minor gripes aside, I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent using this course and actually look forward to using it again in the future. I should point out that the aim of this series is to prepare students for university or academic life, whereas I was using it with a more General English learning goal. I think that it says a lot about the quality of this title that I was able to use it with learners who didn’t share its specific purpose and still enjoy success with it.”
- Clare Welch for Teflnet, July 2013