Starting Skills 1 Workbook with audio CD

Terry Phillips, Anna Phillips, Chris Gough


A skills course providing immediate access for false beginners to study academic skills.

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ISBN: 9781859646038

False beginner to elementary
CEF Level: A1 to A2  IELTS Level: 2.0 to 3.0

Product Description

Starting Skills 1: Workbook

A new course in the Starting Skills in English series, combining all skills from Part A into one volume. Now with extra material in the form of a Workbook.

Have you studied English at school? Do you need to improve your competence in English? Then you need Starting Skills.

This course will help you improve your competence in the basic skills of English for college or university study.

In Starting Skills Book 1 you will learn 200 key words from ten knowledge areas.

You will also learn to:

  • define and describe objects
  • identify key factual information
  • predict information in a talk
  • talk about charts and graphs
  • discuss key facts in the past
  • identify key parts of speech
  • read factual information and encyclopedia entries
  • write accurately using basic sentence patterns
  • use key spelling rules

Starting Skills Books 1 and 2 with Building Skills 1 and 2 and Developing Skills 1 and 2 form a five-level course for higher education studies in English which will take you from Starter to Advanced.

Accompanying Course Book and Teacher’s Book also available.


Format: Paperback

Publication date: 27 Apr 2010

Number of pages: 72


Unit 1: Education
Unit 2: Daily Life
Unit 3: Work and Business
Unit 4: Science and Nature
Unit 5: The Physical World
Revision 1
Unit 6: Culture and Civilization
Unit 7: Technology
Unit 8: Art and Literature
Unit 9: Sport and Leisure
Unit 10: Nutrition and Health
Revision 2

Author details

Chris Gough has taught in the UK and Spain and was involved in teacher training in the UK for a number of years. He now spends all his time writing materials, though he still regularly moderates training courses for Trinity. Chris has written titles for various publishers including supplementary vocabulary and reading resources. He has been writing with Garnet for nearly two years. He lives in Brighton with his wife, Gerry and daughter, Isobel.


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.


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