Frequently Asked Questions
Unit Walkthrough: Getting Ready
Unit Walkthrough: Chapters 1 & 2
Unit Walkthrough: Real Life Skill & What Do You Think?
Using the Audio Component
Four Activities for Building Reading Rate
Unit 1: Travel
Unit 2: Fashion
Unit 3: Disappearing Animals
Unit 4: Big Money
Unit 5: Cultural Events
Unit 6: It's a Mystery
Unit 7: Health
Unit 8: Space and Flight
Unit 9: The Changing Family
Unit 10: Education
Unit 11: The Mystery of Memory
Unit 12: Art and Literature
Review Unit 1
Review Unit 2
Review Unit 3
Review Unit 4
International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
Coverage of TOEFLR iBT Reading Skills
Speaking/Listening Skill Extension: The Worst Storm Ever
Students tell about the worst storm they ever experienced.
1. Ask students to think about the worst storm they ever experienced. What kind of storm was it? Where were they——at home or away on vacation? What did they do to cope with the storm? Students should make brief notes on each of these points.
2. Tell students to form groups of four, then two pairs within each group. Within each pair, have students take turns telling their storm stories while the other partner listens carefully. The speaker may use notes, but not the listener.
3. When the pairs have told their stories, they work with the other pair. However, in this case, the partner tells the story, not the original person who experienced the storm.
4. After each person tells his/her partner's story, the original storyteller can correct any inaccurate information before the next person speaks.
Integrated Skill Extension: Strangest Vacation Contest
Partners work together to make a sales strategy for promoting tourism in an unlikely place.
1. The reading tells of how tourism departments in India are trying to turn a liability (something that is a disadvantage) into an asset (something that is an advantage and valuable). Tell students that they will work on a plan for a place they know.
2. Divide the class into pairs of students. Each pair brainstorms to think of an unlikely vacation spot. It could be a place such as an industrial city that does not have holiday facilities such as beaches, scenic beauty, or famous attractions. It could also be a place that is pleasant during some times of the year, but not attractive at other times. For example, what do people do in ski resorts when there is no snow?
3. After brainstorming, have each pair research their unlikely vacation spot to find out what it does offer to visitors. For example, tourists visiting deserts in the Arabian Gulf can ride camels or go skiing on sand dunes. Even famous Paris has underground tours of its sewers!
4. After gathering information, each pair makes a poster about their unlikely destination. The partners use the poster to give a one-minute presentation to the rest of the class.
5. When all teams have given their presentations, the class votes on the strangest place to visit.
Writing Skill Extension: In My Dreams
Individual students write about a place they dream of visiting.
1. Each student does a five-minute "quick write" on the place they would most like to visit.
2. Next, students look on the Internet for information about the place. They make notes of information that fits their existing ideas about the place and new information that changes their view (for better or worse).
3. Students re-read their "quick write" and write a second draft incorporating the new information.