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INTRODUCTION TO BOOST!

What is Boost!?
Boost! is a 4-level series of 20 books covering five separate strands: Reading, Writing,
Speaking, Listening and Grammar. It was designed specifically as a bridging series
from standard EFL/ESL primary/elementary series already prominent in the market to
more advanced English courses and applications (including preparation for the next
generation of major international English tests). It specifically targets experienced
English second language learners in the 1015 age group and is meant to have global
application in both EFL and ESL contexts.

What are Boost! skills and how are they applied?


Boost! focuses on skills development, supported with relevant strategy building. Each
unit has a specific skill as its core objective, which is facilitated first through the
principle of discovery learning and then applied robustly to relevant content or
production through the heart of the unit. The skill is given further treatment through an
expansion into integrated skills towards the end of the unit.
The core skills are supplemented in each strand with ongoing related skills relevant to
particular disciplines. For example, in the Reading strand there is consistent attention
to general reading comprehension and vocabulary development alongside each units
more specialized skill. Speaking and Listening have consistent pronunciation foci in
addition to each unit skill focus.

What are the themes and organization of Boost!?


All Boost! books are organized into twelve 4-page units, divided into six themes which
then pair together specific real-world and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) units.
The overall theme and the two units are then followed up with a review quiz. Careful
attention has been paid to utilizing themes that allow for interesting and motivating ageand context-appropriate topics, as well as systematic exposure to and practice with a
range of specific skills.
This organization has been deliberate and facilitates some of Boost!s most important
overall objectives:
(1) to develop an increasing proficiency with English for application in the real world
as a global citizen with the capacity to apply critical communication and
thinking skills
(2) to allow for specific academic English development (with the understanding that
this is particularly relevant to many if not most of the worlds young English
learners);
(3) to cover a good range of skills and to facilitate their integration and application
across multiple macro-skill areas;

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(4) to provide regular exposure to and practice with next generation testing formats
(with the understanding that English tests are increasingly playing a major role
in learners lives);
(5) to allow for interesting and relevant themes/topics to correlate and build across
different strands and provide a rich schema framework.

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