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MA C M I LL A N Academic Skills

Academic success requires so much more than memorizing
facts. It takes skills. This means that a successful student needs
About Skillful

to both learn and think critically. Skillful helps teachers prepare

their students for academic work in English by teaching not only
language—vocabulary and grammar—but the necessary skills to
engage with topics, texts, and discourse with classmates.

Skillful gives students:

• Engaging texts on a wide variety of topics, each examined from two different academic disciplines
• Skills for learning about a wide variety of topics from different angles and from different academic areas
• Skills they need to succeed when reading and listening to these texts
• Skills they need to succeed when writing for and speaking to different audiences
• Skills for critically examining the issues presented by a speaker or a writer
• Study skills for learning and remembering the English language and important information

Teachers using Skillful should:

• Encourage students to question and interact. Learning a language is not passive. Many of the
tasks and exercises involve pairwork, groupwork, and whole class discussion. Working with
others helps students solidify their understanding and challenge and expand their ability to think

• Personalize the material. Help students make connections between the texts in their book and
their own world—home, community, and country. Bring in outside material from local sources
when it’s relevant, making sure it fits the unit topics and language.

• Provide a lot of practice. Have students do each exercise several times, with different partners.
Review exercises and material from previous units. Use the Skillful Digibook to develop the
skills presented in the Student’s Book. Have students complete the additional activities on a
computer outside of class to make even more progress. Assign frequent manageable review
tasks for homework.

• Provide many opportunities for review. Remind students of the skills, grammar, and vocabulary
they learned in previous units. Have students study a little bit each day, not just before tests.

• Show students how to be independent learners. Point out opportunities to study and practice
English outside of class, such as reading for pleasure and using the Internet in English. Have
them find and share information about the different unit topics with the class. The study skills
page in every unit gives students valuable tips for successfully managing their own learning.

Learning skills, like learning a language, takes time and practice. Students must be patient with
themselves as they put in the necessary time and effort. They should set and check goals.
Periodic assessments the teacher can print, such as the unit tests, progress tests, and end test
on the Digibook let students see their own progress and measure how much they’ve learned, so
they can feel proud of their academic and linguistic development.

Dorothy E. Zemach
Skillful Series Consultant

2 Skillful

Every student needs top class reading, writing, listening and speaking skills to succeed
at an academic level. Skillful focuses on each of these skills to give presentation, instant
practice and complete immersion in that language skill. It offers students the opportunity
to develop language skills by presenting them with ideas from today’s world, while
building critical thinking skills that are vital for academic success.

Skillful is a brand new five-level course taking students from foundation to advanced.
Each level includes both a Listening & Speaking and Reading & Writing coursebook that
complement each other through parallel topics and features. Skillful not only provides
the tools for academic success but creates an interactive learning environment which
encapsulates student debate.

Skillful is an arena for intelligent thinking. Skillful 3
Something a little bit different.
What’s the approach?

There would be no surprise to find out that Skillful follows a skills-based

approach. What is refreshing however, is that each unit has been carefully
compiled to encourage students to think more laterally about the English
language, their studies, and the world around them.

The students are first exposed to the unit topic through a more familiar,
or global passage with approachable vocabulary to ensure they’re
composed and confident with their task. The second, and longer text has
more detail so necessitates the student to think more, requiring them to
engage fully with the associated tasks.

Unit 9
for tests

LiSTeninG Listening to stories
Listening for past
and present time
Skillful learners aren’t just VoCaBuLary Identifying word
engaged by the text, the SPeakinG Asking for more
ying for a test?
striking images help store information
PronunCiaTion Pronouncing -ed
information and ideas endings
Kei began lookinggenerating
at his a springboard for
t he is doing lecture notes the evening
class discussion. Teachers
before a test. He remembered
the information from use these to introduce
lectures, but not so much
Discuss each
or Heclose
from earlier lectures. read the topic, or just
all his notes from beginning
to aid class progression
to end on his computer, then
ore the test.
her than for
closed his computerthroughout
and tried the unit.
to remember everything.
He did that three times, and
night when each time he remembered a
little more. However, he did
keep them not understand some main
points and he had no idea
m to study. what questions would be on
indicate the test. After a few hours,
for the test. he got tired and went to bed.
write Unfortunately, Kei was not
satisfied with his grade on
the test.
can share

ter test grade?

Discussion point
Discuss these questions with a partner.
1 Do you help others? Describe a helpful thing you did for someone “Give a man a fish
else recently.
I do / don’t help others because … and you feed him for
Recently, I helped … by … a day. Teach the man
2 Name some international aid organizations. How do they help
improve people’s lives? to fish and you feed
Some international aid organizations are …
They help improve people’s lives by … him for a lifetime.”
3 Look at the picture and read the saying. What do you think the Chinese proverb
saying means? Do you agree?
I think this saying means … . I agree / disagree because …
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Speaking skill
Speaking Skills aSkinG for iDeaS anD examPLeS
We often have to ask for ideas and examples when we are brainstorming
with other people about a topic. This is because the goal is to get as many
ideas as possible. Therefore, it is very useful to ask our speaking partners to
share their ideas and examples.
Do you have any (more) ideas?
Can you give another example?
Can you think of something else? SKILLS BOXES
Can you add anything?
What else can we say / come up with?
Are there any other ideas / examples we can add? The skills boxes that appear throughout the
coursebooks signal the topic focus to the teacher,
1 match the topics with the ideas and examples.
1 The uses for graphology
while to the student it provides information on
2 Reasons why graphology is not reliable the skills, how to do the skill and the words and
3 Important Japanese customs
4 Examples of swarm intelligence phrases that they need to look out for.
5 Ways swarm intelligence can help us

a To make sure a signature is real

b Our mood changes the way we write
c Bees work together to make honey
d To control car traffic jams
e Take off your shoes in the home

2 Work with a partner. Take turns asking for ideas and examples for
the topics in exercise 1.

Pronunciation skill
PronounCinG SyLLaBLe STreSS
In multi-syllable words, the stress or emphasis falls on one of the syllables. In
words with three-syllables the stress is often on the second syllable.
However, there are many three syllable words that have the stress on a
different syllable.

Developing critical thinking

Listening Skills

1 Discuss these questions in a group.

1 Do you think the animals in the picture follow
the rules of flock behavior? How?
These animals do / don’t follow the rules of flock
behavior, for example …
54 uniT 5 PATTERNS 2 Is it useful to study the behavior of animals and insects?
I think it is / isn’t useful to study their behavior because …
2 Think about the ideas from Graphology and Flocks, schools,
and swarms and discuss these questions in a group.
Skillful Listening & Speaking Student’s Book, Level 1
“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order
to look at things in a different way.” (Edward de Bono, author)

1 Do you think the quote is true or false? Why?

I think the quote is … because …
2 Describe some patterns in your life. Is it possible to change your
patterns? Why or why not?
Some patterns in my life include … . It is / isn’t possible to change them
because …
Vocabulary skill

Critical Thinking aDDinG THe SuffixeS -OlOGy anD -OlOGIST

The suffix -ology means the study of (the subject). The suffix -ologist means the person who is an expert
in a subject. For example, graph means writing, therefore:
To support the engagement with the texts and to encouragestudy of writing
· graphology means the
the students to think more widely around a subject· area, Skillful
graphologist means an expert in graphology.
In the pronunciation of words with the suffix -ology or -ologist, the stress is on the first o.
provides regular opportunities for students to stop and think more
1 Complete this chart.
critically about what they’re learning, through class
or small suffix -ology
group suffix –ologist subject
discussions. 1 bio a b life
2 eco a b environment
3 geo a b earth and rocks
Both coursebooks, within every level, have developing
4 socio criticala b society

thinking sections, positioned to aid reflection. Subtle

5 zoo
changes a
to b animals

their approach of subsequent academic texts2 will prepare them for

read the definitions and write the -ologist words.
1 Studies rocks to see how the earth was formed
university life. 2 Studies the structure of all living organisms
3 Works in a zoo to study animal behavior
4 Studies how people behave in groups and society
5 Works to protect our planet’s forests and oceans

3 role play with a partner. ask and answer questions about the experts.

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The essence of academic life is study.
A focus on study skills

Skillful provides a strong focus on study skills supplying students with practical guidance and
support, touching on new life skills such as time management, organization and preparation,
while building confidence for independent learning throughout their university career.

study sKiLLs making the most of your In order to successfully

Study Skills

Dictionary /ˈdɪkʃəˌneri/
implement these skills, at the end
Getting started
Discuss these questions with a partner.
NouN [C]

a book that gives an

of every unit in both the Listening
1 How many dictionaries do you own?
2 What kinds of dictionaries have you used?
alphabetical list of words
with their meanings or their
& Speaking and Reading &
3 What is the main thing you use a dictionary for? How often do you use one?
Writing coursebooks there is a
Read this scenario. Think about what kwame is doing right and what he is
Kwame has been studying
dedicated study skills task. In
doing wrong.
English for two years. He uses
a bilingual dictionary when he every other unit, the last page
does his homework. He only
Consider it
Read these six tips for how to make the most of a dictionary. Discuss each
uses a dictionary to look up
words he does not understand.
presents an example scenario
one with a partner. Which ones do you do?
1 Choose carefully Not all dictionaries are the same. Decide which type
When he looks up a word, he
uses the guidewords at the about a student, and asks the
would best serve your needs. For example, do you want a bilingual or
English-only dictionary? There are specialist dictionaries to consider as
top of the pages to help him
find the word quickly. He reader to think critically about
reads every definition until
well, such as learner’s dictionaries, academic vocabulary dictionaries, and
idioms dictionaries. he finds the correct one. He
does not usually check the
whether they demonstrated
2 Get familiar with your dictionary The best way to familiarize yourself
with a dictionary is to read the introduction. This explains how entries are
arranged. It also contains useful information on the key abbreviations and
pronunciation because he is
not familiar with the symbols success or showed a need for
his dictionary uses. He likes to
pronunciation symbols used in the dictionary.
3 Be efficient Try to look up works quickly. Be familiar with alphabetical
check the example sentences
to make sure the definition he
order and use the guidewords at the top of the page to save time. If you chose is the right one. Kwame
cannot find a word, do not give up. You may need to check other possible keeps his dictionary in his
spellings of the word. study space, but he also keeps
4 locate the correct definition When you look up a new word, think about a smaller pocket dictionary in
how the entries relate to the word. Look for the correct part of speech his book bag.
for the word and decide which definition is correct. The most common
meaning is usually placed first.
5 Study the entry in detail Besides one or more definitions, a word’s
entry may include the pronunciation, example sentences, synonyms and
antonyms, and other words derived from the same word.
study sKiLLs Using computers for
Study Skills

6 Use the dictionary for other things You may also find photos and
illustrations, maps, lists of famous people, lists of countries and their
capitals, flags of countries, and weights and measurements tables.
effective study
over to you Getting started
Discuss these questions with a partner. Discuss these questions with a partner.
1 Which of the tips do you follow? 1 What do you use computers for?
2 How else can you find the meaning 2 Do you enjoy using a computer? Why or why not?
of new words? 3 What are some benefits of using a computer to write your assignments?
3 What is one advantage and one
disadvantage of electronic dictionaries? Scenario
Read this scenario. Think about what ingrid is doing right and what she is When Ingrid has a writing
doing wrong. What would be the advantages to ingrid of using a computer assignment, she always writes
instead? her first draft on a piece of
paper. She then revises her
Consider it draft on a different piece
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Read these seven tips for using a computer for studying. Discuss each one
rearranges, removes, or
with a partner. What other tips can you name?
replaces text as she rewrites.
1 Formatting Learn how to format your work, and how to create charts, After that she edits her work.
tables, and graphs. A typed document with an attractive font, neat margins, She uses her dictionary
Skillful Reading & Writing Student’s Book, Level 1 and page numbers can make a better impression than a handwritten one. to check her spelling and
2 editing A computer allows you to revise your work easily. Add, rearrange, then checks to make sure
remove, or replace information. Do not rewrite the whole text for each her grammar is OK. She
draft. sometimes notices and corrects
3 Word count Learn to use the word count function to save time. sentence fragments. When
4 Grammar and spelling The grammar and spell check functions are she is ready to create her final
helpful, but should not be relied on entirely. draft, she writes it carefully
5 Dictionary and thesaurus Use the dictionary and thesaurus functions to and neatly on a piece of paper
help you be more precise in what you are trying to communicate. and gives it to her teacher.
The stages of the task 6 Researching Use the Internet for research purposes. The Internet can also
help with fact checking.
Ingrid’s teacher has said her
students are free to write their

help Skillful students reflect 7 Saving your work Back up your work regularly. When you finish, save your
work for future reference.
assignments like Ingrid does,
or use a computer.

constructively on their own over to you

performance. Discuss these questions with a partner.
1 What is something related to computers that you would
like to learn more about?
2 Can you name any drawbacks to using a computer for
3 Do you think computer literacy is important? Why or
why not?

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Learning from the Expert
All of the other end-of-unit skills pages are taken directly from the
bestselling author Stella Cottrell’s The Study Skills Handbook. Stella does
what she knows best and provides students with essential tips, along with
short, fun activities to drive them towards academic success.

Writing for the fearful

Study Skills

by Stella Cottrell
STELLA COTTRELL is Director for
Lifelong Learning at the University of Leeds, UK.
She is author of the bestselling The Study Skills
Handbook, The Palgrave Student Planner, The
Exam Skills Handbook, Critical Thinking Skills
Talking and listening skills
and Skills for Success, all published by Palgrave
by Stella CottrellMacmillan.
If you need to improve your writing skills, try
some of the following short exercises.
cation is a two-way process. It Get the writing habit
ening skills and participation in
Write out a Check
story you your
as a child. style
Study Skills

Write to a friend saying what you hope to get

out of being a student. by Stella Cottrell
people, or at people, or with Write down ten English words you like the
sound of.things?
What helps you remember Write Here’s
a short piece which
a simple way includes
talk at you are listening
to findto
out. all those words. Be as crazy as you like.
They leave no space for Playon
Color in ten words “Just a minute”:
the word give yourself one minute
chart below.
to write
Read through the about
chart for two one of the
minutes, following:
then cover Make a life chart
(a) The worst thing I ate … it completely.
talk with you are keenWrite
for down
you to
all the words you can remember. Include important events in your childhood,
family, education, interests, work, and so on.
(b) The
Read the following most
section as embarrassing
you check your thing
results.that ever
talk to you consider you, and your happened … Write a few lines about each item.
Skillful Listening & Speaking Student’s Book, Level 1

efully. (c) I’m lucky because … Choose one item and write about this in more
sea cog kitchen LOG PINK chair detail. Describe what happened, how you felt
(d) What How well
annoys do
me is … you listen? about it at the time, how it affected you in
car glink green Spain hobby butter the long term, whether what happened was
(e) Anything you like.
Ask someone to watch you while you are
unusual, and so on.
cheese walnut student jog essay sandwich
l communication listening
Write for five minutes in a group.
windy Fred pong
1 Choose any Ask for comments
Gandhi about your non-verbal
ople how well we signals to group members.
through our verbal sick happy
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not stop tosadthink. maybe
Are you
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at this feedback? 1980–
nd also through non-verbal used to writing continuously, the born
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as youtocan.
bandage others in the way you
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the time toIften

not, what and
minutes wouldbuildyouup like to change? started
blue your limit. school – &
cried all day

eye contact Write from prompts What helps you remember?

In your notebook, consider how well
Look at the words you you listen to others. Do you:
Place Semantic association 1989 – came to England,
Skillful Listening & Speaking Student’s Book, Level 1

remembered. Did you use any by plane

of the strategies below? If so, takeYouinmay
a word say? You may remember words with
with a place you know. meaningful 1990 – we such as
ng nods and gestures you can see how to arrange give other people time to speak?
the information you pictures
want to photographs bread, butter, got a telly!
remember. let other
Real people
names finish before you start?
Being unusual
Any or all of the following may useYou
– who has to “look up to”
encouraging non-verbal signals?
may have a particularly
help your memory. good memory for names.
“switch off” when bored or if you may notice strange things, Feb. 2010 –
You dislike
omeone to listen? dreams things you see in the street such as the words “pong” and became an
person?features “glink”, which stand out. (If youambulance driver
Recency effect
did, you
LIFEmay find it helpful to
You may remember best theCould You
the look
with friends
of to put CHART
link ordinary things with strange
words you learned last. a word (such as the words in
others more at ease when they areimages speaking?
ng, snorting or fidgeting capitals or sounds.)
Write about what you see,orhear,
those with shapes
think, or dream.
Primacy effect Which non-verbal communication Stories
around them). do
You may26remember
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encouraging? What
Visual association
do you find
You may link unrelated items
words you learned first. discouraging? so that they make a story. (This
You may link words with
pictures or mental images. can help with the letters of a
ay we Sound difficult spelling.)
Better Visual
You may remember rhyming listening
words, strange-sounding Color and activity
the way we sit
words, or words that you heard You may remember where items
together in your head. Some ofare these
on the techniques may help:You may notice color, or perhaps
page. (If so, you
may find it easy to remember you benefit from doing things
consider the speakers’ feelings with information you are
flowcharts or pattern notes, or
find ways of encouraging
find visual spacing or makingthem learning. Skillful 7
ces focuslinks
on with a picture helpful.)
the content – think of some way this
could help you
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For each level of Skillful there is a Listening &
Listening & Speaking – key features

Speaking Student’s Book, carefully structured to

comprehensively practice each of these skills.

Vocabulary preview

Listening Skills
1 Read these sentences. In each set of four, match the words in bold with
In order to maximize student output, their meanings.
1 In an average week, I spend around ten hours watching TV.
the listening sections provide 2 I often lie awake at night worrying about things.
3 Blind people often develop a very strong sense of hearing.
regular opportunities for discussion 4 Learning English is a very complex task, so it will take a long
and interaction. Before you listen a (adj) not sleeping

sections introduce the topic area by b

(adj) usual or ordinary
(adj) has many small parts or details, so it is difficult to understand

creating interest and capturing initial

d (adj) not able to see

5 Seeing the Egyptian pyramids was the best experience of my life.

reactions whilst Developing critical 6 Coffee is one of my favorite flavors.
7 My sense of sight is not very strong. I have to wear glasses.
thinking sections require students to 8 I do not like food with a creamy texture.

examine the issues presented in the e

(n) the particular taste that food or drink has
(n) the way something feels when you touch or eat it
(n) natural physical abilities: to see, hear, smell, taste, or feel
h (n) something that happens to you / a situation you are involved in

2 Work with a partner. Which of the sentences are true for you?

The global and close approach is LISTENING 1 Our world, our senses
mirrored across both listening texts Before you listen
1 Look at the pictures. Which of the animals do you think has the best
in every unit. eyesight? Why? Which do you think has the worst eyesight? Why?
Discuss with a partner.
I think … has the best eyesight because …
… probably has the worst eyesight, because …
2 Predict if these sentences are true or false. Write T (true) or F (false).
1 The human eye has six parts.
2 Our eye muscles are less active than other muscles in our body.
3 Women blink their eyes more than men.
4 Eagles have much better eyesight than humans.
5 Owls have poor night vision.
6 Bats cannot see.

uSefuL WorDS Close listening

Listening Skills

amazing intelligent
54 Listen again and complete these notes.
difficult unbelievable
most? Why? Use the
impossible useful
Extreme environments
Examples of extreme environments:
why not? Think THink aBouT: Sahara, Death Valley up to °C; Atacama (Chile) mm rain per yr
exams vacations Mt. Everest (Nepal) = above sea level (little O2); Antarctica = °C 68 UNIT 7 VISION
y because … hobbies work
ome better? Grt Salt Lake, Dead Sea, Assal % salt = times > ocean
cause … Marianas Trench: ≈ kms deep & dark: little sunlight
Types of extreme environs. Skillful Listening & Speaking Student’s Book, Level 1
• hot & dry • w/ low O2 • cold
ments • • deep & dark
More extreme environs
uSefuL WorDS
ds in the box on cold hot
edge of volcano °C; in solid rock kms undergrnd; frozen lake
Why or why not? dark light Can life survive there?
dry wet Extremophiles = organisms can survive where other life can’t
hese places because … Eg: Tardigrades (means ) = called water bears
mm long; can survive cold °C & hot °C; & no water for yrs.

Developing critical thinking

THink aBouT:
1 Discuss these questions in a group.
activities distance
1 Which of the extreme environments described would you like to visit?
adventure safety
Think about the things in the box on the right.
comfort wildlife
I’d prefer to visit … because …
2 Do you think environments on Earth are becoming more extreme? Why
or why not?
I think environments are / aren’t becoming more extreme because … THink aBouT:
competition personal interest
2 Think about the ideas from Ultimate memory and Exploring environments
and discuss these questions in a group.
1 Why do you think scientists study extremes? Is it useful? Think about
There are activities to practice global

the things in the box on the right.

I think scientists study extreme environments because … listening skills and close listening skills,
It is / isn’t useful because …
2 Which extremes would you like to be at: hot—cold, clever—stupid, as well as opportunities to critically
rich—poor? Or would you rather be in the middle? Why?
I would like to be very … because … examine the ideas in the texts.
I would like to be in the middle because …

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Speaking Skills
1 33Listen and notice the stressed syllables. Then listen again and repeat.
1 ADjective 6 conNECted 11 inCLUding
2 aNOther 7 DOCument 12 introDUCE
3 arRANGEment 8 exAmine 13 PERfectly
4 auTHENtic 9 eXAMple 14 SCIentist
5 comPUter 10 HANDwriting

2 34 underline the stressed syllables. Check your answers in a dictionary.

Then listen and repeat.
1 together 5 following 9 manager
2 behavior 6 direction 10 stadium
3 perfectly 7 production 11 efficient
4 factory 8 discover 12 evidence

speaking task
read this podcast. notice the expressions used for giving advice. underline
multi-syllable words and circle the stressed syllables.

Welcome to Custom Consultant. Today I’m going to tell you about three customs in Spain
that you should know when you visit. First, it’s polite to shake hands when you greet people.
And when you’re invited to someone’s home for dinner, it’s OK to arrive a few minutes late.
Finally, it’s a good idea to bring a gift of chocolates or cake when you visit someone’s home.

Work with a partner. You are anthropologists. Add one more type of Greetings
custom to the word map. then choose a country and brainstorm ideas
and examples for the customs. Use expressions for asking for ideas
and examples. Customs Food
Look back at your brainstorm and choose three customs. Plan a
podcast giving advice to an overseas visitor. Use expressions for
giving advice.

Practice your podcast. Pay attention to your pronunciation of multi-syllable words.

Form a group. take turns presenting your podcast and give feedback. tell the class something you learned from the
Speaking is split into three main parts; grammar,
punctuation skills and speaking
skills. This
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productive task that gives students the opportunity
to use their new skills in a meaningful exercise. Skillful 9
To complement the Listening & Speaking Student’s
Books from Skillful, the Reading & Writing
Reading & Writing – key features

coursebooks have a parallel structure.

Reading 2 Super Sherpa

Reading Skills
Mirrored in the Before you read Before you read
look at the picture. What do you see? Where do
section and followed by global you think the picture was taken? Why do you
think the trash is there? Discuss with a partner.
and close analysis, the students In the picture I see … I think the picture was taken …
Perhaps the trash is there because …
find the parallel structure from
Global reading
the Listening & Speaking books iDenTifyinG The SouRCe

familiar so allowing them to Texts can come from a variety of sources, each with its own writing style.
Identifying the source gives you important information about the writer and
grow in confidence. The reading his or her message. Possible sources include …
· scientific journals: texts have academic vocabulary and long sentences
section also offers similar · newspapers: texts have simpler language
· opinion columns and blogs: texts have an informal writing style.
opportunities to examine ideas The layout of a text can also help you quickly identify the source.

through the Developing critical

thinking passages within class or Skim super sherpa. Check (✓) the source.
1 Scientific journal on climate change

individual discussion groups. 2

Newspaper article in travel section
Environmental newsmagazine

Close reading
1 Read super sherpa. Write M (main idea) or s (supporting detail).
Paragraph 1: He campaigns against climate change and helps to
improve the lives of many people in his native Nepal.
Paragraph 2: Apa is from a village in Nepal called Thame, which is
also the hometown of another famous Sherpa—Tenzing Norgay.
Paragraph 3: Apa never planned on becoming a famous
mountain climber.
Paragraph 4: That year the team displayed a sign that said “Stop
Climate Change” at the top of Everest.
Developing critical thinking
Reading Skills

Paragraph 5: As Apa became more well-known for his

1 Discuss these questions in a group. environmental work, he started to turn more attention to the
1 Why are superhero comics, movies, and video games so popular? people of his native Nepal.
I think they’re popular because … Paragraph 6: Melting ice clearly makes climbing more dangerous.
2 Do you agree with the article’s definition? How would you define a superhero? Paragraph 7: Above all, he wants to convince everyone to change
I do / don’t agree. I would define a superhero as … the way we treat the Earth.
2 Think about the ideas from Are you a natural leader? and The hero within and 2 Write the answers to these questions.
discuss these questions in a group.
1 What are Sherpas known for?
1 Can an everyday hero be a superhero? Think about the things in the box on 2 What year did Apa climb Mount Everest for the first time?
the right. Think aBouT:
3 What did the Eco Everest Exhibition sign say?
I believe that an everyday hero can / can’t be a superhero because … intelligence strength
4 What did Apa found in 2009?
2 Do you think superheroes are natural leaders? Why or why not? money 5 Whyvillains
is Apa known as the “Super Sherpa”?
In my opinion, superheroes are / aren’t natural leaders because … powers weakness
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Vocabulary skill
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uSinG examPleS To finD meaninG

When you fi nd a new word, context clues such as examples help you discover
the word’s meaning. Sometimes the text will give an example that helps you to
understand a word’s meaning.
Words that signal examples: for example, for instance, such as, like

1 Read these sentences from The hero within. Circle the correct meaning of the
words in bold.
1 Nearly all fictional superheroes have super-human powers. For example,
Superman can fly and Wonder Woman can talk with animals.
a something all humans have Key academic vocabulary is presented
b beyond what humans have
2 Some superheroes also have secret headquarters, like Batman’s Batcave. on the page so students can view the
a the leader of an organization
b administrative center of an organization essential words they will need to learn
3 Some costumes also have an emblem, such as Superman’s S or the
4 for members of the Fantastic Four.
a a sign that represents something else
within the unit, while the Think About boxes
b any costume decoration lend support to discussion questions.
2 Read these sentences about superheroes. Circle the correct meaning
of the words in bold.
1 There have been several sequels to the original 1989 Batman film,
such as Batman Returns, Batman and Robin, and The Dark Knight Rises.
a movies that continue a previous story
Vocabulary skills also give you the chance
b movies that are better than the original
2 Sometimes a superhero’s senses are enhanced. For instance,
to develop the ways in which you learn
a superhero may be able to hear noise from a great distance.
a weakened
and remember vocabulary from the
b strengthened
3 Superheroes are popular in several genres, like comic books and movies.
listening texts.
a things that young people enjoy
b literary categories


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WRiting Describing your future

Writing Skills
you are going to learn about using parallel structure and using future forms.
you are then going to use these to write a paragraph describing where you
see yourself in five years.

Writing skill
uSinG PaRallel STRuCTuRe
Parallel structures have the same patterns of words in a sentence to show
that two or more ideas have equal importance. This can happen at the
word, phrase, or clause level. The usual way to join parallel structures is
with and or or.
Tomorrow i think i’ll take a long nap, go fishing, or swim in the river.
Paolo spent the next month staying out late, sleeping until noon, and
spending time at the river with his lazy friends.
These sentences do not have parallel structure:
Tomorrow i think i’ll take a long nap, go fishing, or swimming in the river.
Paolo spent the next month staying out late, sleeping until noon, and spent
time at the river with his lazy friends.

1 Read these incorrect sentences about robots. each has

three structures that should be parallel. underline
them in each sentence.
1 In 1939, a robot named Elektro was able to walk,
count on its fingers and spoke words.
2 Most robots today are used to doing jobs that are
repetitive, mundane, or danger.
3 Robots are also used in factories to build things
like cars, appliances, and make electronics.
4 Some robots are designed to explore underwater,
go down into volcanoes, and traveling to
other planets.
5 Robots have been sent to Mars to collect soil,
rock and atmosphere samples, analyze them,
and then will send the data back to Earth.
6 Another reason we use robots is because they
never get sick, take a day off, or complained!
7 Most robots usually have at least three main
parts—the “brain” that is run by a computer
program, mechanical parts that make the robot
move, and sensors to tell the robot about
its surroundings.
8 Unlike in TV programs, robots are
unable to think, feel, or makes decisions.

2 now correct the sentences in exercise 1 to make them

parallel in structure.

The writing section has two main parts:elektro
grammar and
writing skills. Essential information is given on these
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course with an additional, digital resource, which can be accessed
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through a code found in either the Student’s Book or the Teacher’s


What’s included?
The student Digibook contains:
· A
 digital version of the Student’s Book, complete with hotspots
that contain embedded audio
· Audio files for all of the listening activties and reading texts
· Useful language to support discussion activities
· Dictionary definitions for the academic vocabulary
· Checklists so you can monitor how well you are progressing
through the course
·  killful Practice, with extra interactive activities for you to review
what you have learned, including video-based activities.
A markbook is also included to track progress.

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For those students who want to get ahead, having
a digital resource encourages practice away from Whether online or offline, in the
the classroom. You can either complete the extra classroom or on the move, the
activities as you go through the student’s Digibook Skillful Digibook allows you to
via the interactive icons, or you can find them all access and use its content while
in one place in the Skillful Practice area. Here you encouraging interactive learning
will find a variety of activities to practice all the and effortless self-study.
new skills and language you have learned in the
Student’s Book, including vocabulary, grammar
and skills-based activities.

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There are also additional productive tasks and video

activities linked to the unit topics. If you complete
any of the extra activities while you are online, your
score will be recorded in your markbook so that your
teacher can track your progress. If you work offline
your scores will be stored and transferred to your
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While students get to manipulate their coursebook digitally and utilize
their extra activities, the teachers get a plethora of extra information
Teacher’s resources

and worksheets to make their teaching life a breeze.

Approachable digital
The digital student’s book and interactive
features provide the teacher with an
engaging presentation and teaching tool.
The embedded features mean a class full
of students can learn from just one screen.

Concurrently, the Skillful teacher can use

the Digibook to monitor student progress.
In the Skillful Practice area there is a
markbook for easy grading and a group
functionality to cluster their class students

For those teachers who are new to the

course, they are also provided with a
Skillful methodology overview which allows
them to understand the great features,
benefits and flexibility of the Skillful series.
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Unit 9: Life Unit 6: Speed
Work and motivation
Before you watch
Saving the beeS a need for sPeed
Before you watch
Work with a partner. answer the questions.
1 What is your dream job? What job do you never want to do? Why?
Before you watch
video worksheets
2 Why do people work? What motivates them?
Work with a partner. look at the words in the box. how do you think these
words relate to the life of a bee?
While you watch In addition to the Digibook videos
Work with a partner. look at the forms of transportation in the box. can
you put them in order of slowest to fastest? how fast do you think each one
usually travels in kilometers per hour?
beekeeper cereals disappear flowers Watch the film about why people work. complete the blanks in the diagram
honey pollinate research seeds with the words you hear. bike bus car horse kayak on foot that the students have access to,
plane skateboard speedboat train

While you watch

Maslow’s HierarcHy of Needs the teachers are provided with
Watch the film about saving the bees. complete the notes with the words you
While you watch
video worksheets, which can aid
Watch the film about the speed records for different types of transport.

Bees 5 lesson planning around topics.

circle the correct answer to complete each sentence: a, b, or c.
1 The fastest runner ran the 100 meters in
There are 1 species of bee. a 9.58 seconds b 9.68 seconds c 9.78 seconds
2 Be
Thethe best: speed of a Tour de France cyclist is
Bees eat 2 and nectar which they move from the 3 part be 8 , solve problems
a 25 kph b 40 kph c 51 kph
of a flower to the 4 part = fruit and seeds grow. 3 The fastest downhill cyclist reached

Honeybees — dying because of viruses; pesticides, building of 5 6 a : 121 kph
achievement, b 133 kph c 222 kph
and 6 . get4 7 Formula from1 cars race at around
7 a 222 kph b 350 kph c 1,223 kph
% of what we eat is pollinated by bees. For example, oranges, 5 High-speed trains travel at

3 ______ needs: friendship,

8 4
nuts, plants. a 300 kph b 380 kph c 575 kph
Governments – doing research. People – growing 9 - 6 The fastest world speed record on water is
plants and becoming 10 a 511 kph b 512 kph c 513 kph

2 7 Space shuttles have a speed of

Safety needs: health, employment, 3
a 19,690 kph b 28,000 kph c 40,000 kph

After you watch

Work with a partner. answer the questions.
1 If bees die out, how will the world change?
1 After you watch
Physical needs: air, 1 , water, 2
Work with a partner. answer the questions.
1 How fast do you think a human will run in future? Why?
2 What do you think governments should do to help bees?
2 Why do you think people try to break speed records?
3 What other animals or insects do you think governments should protect?
Why? After you watch 3 Do you think transportation will get faster or slower in future?

Work with a partner. answer the questions.

1 How does your dream job motivate you, according to Maslow’s theory above?
2 If Maslow’s theory is correct, what should companies do to motivate their workers?
3 What companies do you know that are good at motivating their workers? How?

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Tests Guide to using the tests

Placement tests Unit tests Progress tests

Quick test Unit tests 1–10 Progress tests 1 and 2

Quick test answer key Unit tests 1–10 (editable) Progress tests 1 and 2 (editable)

Full test Unit tests 1–10 audio Progress tests audio

Full test answer key Unit tests answer key Progress tests answer key

End test

End test

End test audio Tests are also provided for the teacher and include:
End test answer key
· Two placement tests
· Two progress tests
· Unit tests
· End test.
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The Skillful blend
by Dorothy E. Zemach

Teaching study skills by

Stella Cottrell

The Skillful Teacher’s Books give presentation ideas, notes

Teaching academic vocabulary
by Pete Sharma
Educational culture
by Stacey H. Hughes

on each language skill and equip teachers with explanations Connecting reading and writing
by David Bohlke

on how to develop language skills through texts by Teacher’s Book

With Digibook access

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The Skillful blend
by Dorothy E. Zemach

Teaching study skills by

Stella Cottrell

Teaching academic vocabulary

by Pete Sharma

Critical thinking
by Dr Sara Hannam

Along with access to the Digibook which has tests, video resources and
Teaching listening skills
by Lida Baker

methodology notes, the Teacher’s Books also include: With Digibook access

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• Photocopiable task sheets to help with grading of assignments
• At-a-glance reference to the answer key and audio scripts for exercises
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