Nexus is a course for students of English whose levelis approximately equivalent to pass standard atCambridge FCE. By the end of the course, theEnglish of such users should be most of the way tothe level required for a Cambridge Proficiencycandidate. However, the course is a general one,not a specific preparation for any examination,The aims of Nexus are to broaden and enrichyour English, and to help you to use it morecorrectly, creatively and fluently. An equallyimportant aim is to help you to be an adult,autonomous learner of English, for whom timespent in the classroom is only a part of your studies.Students who think for themselves and take theirEnglish out of the classroom when they leave it aremuch more likely to be successful learners. To thiseffect,
contains practical advice on how toorganise your learning effectively, and a variedselection of voluntary projects and assignments, tobe tackled creatively outside class time. Inaddition, at every stage of the course you, thestudents, are encouraged to bring your ownknowledge, ideas and experience to the work inhand, and to discuss them with each other andwith your teacher.
consists of thirteen units, each divided intoseven sections. There are two sections for reading,and one each for listening, speaking, writing,grammar and vocabulary.
In the Reading sections you will read, analyse anddiscuss a variety of written material, ranging fromliterary extracts to advertisements. The exercisesaim not only to check your understanding but alsoto improve your reading in various ways. Thefollowing are some of the subskills practised:predicting while reading; guessing words fromcontext; identifying words with given meanings;appreciating stylistic features; reading for gist;scanning for specific information.
The Speaking sections are of two types. In one typeyou use your English freely and creatively, in anorganised discussion, a game, or a role play. Inanother, you study and practise useful items of spoken English, selected according
functionalcriteria, through a series of guided exercises.
You will hear a fairly long piece of authenticspoken English, with from one to four peoplespeaking. The exercises test your comprehension,and also ask you to listen hard for certain usefulwords and expressions.
The Writing sections aim to help you write in amore organised and thoughtful way. Study of theorganisation and language used in model texts isfollowed by controlled writing exercises. There arealso many opportunities for free writing.GrammarThe aim of the Grammar sections is to clear upyour doubts about the basics of English grammar, tointroduce you to more advanced language points,and to provide varied practice. In every Grammarsection you will have the opportunity to discuss andshare what you already know about the grammarbefore studying a description of the language areain question, and then going on to practiceactivities.
Advice about how to expand and store yourvocabulary in your own time is given in theOrganising your learning sections in the Studypages. The Vocabulary sections aim to teach younew words in class time. Each section teaches avocabulary set in an integrated and systematic way.Your own knowledge is activated and then a varietyof activities strengthen your understanding of thenew words.
The Study pages
These pages, at the back of your Coursebook, arean essential and integral part of your work in thecourse. They contain: language descriptions for theGrammar sections; some back-up vocabulary-exercises; answer keys for re-ordered texts;transcripts of dialogues; information for role playsand information-exchange activities.
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aims to offer a balanced, stimulating andchallenging programme, and it is hoped that theusers of the course will benefit from it not only interms of language improvement, but also throuthe opportunities it offers for communicationinteraction with other users of English,