Maiko IkedaProfessor, Faculty of Foreign Language Studies, Kansai University
1. How did you come to know about this series?
I first saw Longman Academic Reading at the Pearson booth at a conference around 2014. I think the title is quite extraordinary because it systematically introduces learning strategies throughout the book which help students to cultivate abilities to seek language learning opportunities outside the classroom—the answer for those who are struggling to get started with learning English.
2. How long have you been using this series?
I’ve been using it for over a year now. I chose this series because it is ideal for a General English class focused on reading – a class which I was assigned last year.
3. What kind of classes do you use this book in?
I teach with the Level 3 book in a weekly 90-minute reading and writing class for about 25 freshmen who are relatively comfortable with English. We finish one book in one school year.
I use one of the three passages on the same topic in one chapter for one lesson. Alongside that I use the vocabulary section for a quick quiz to motivate students to revise vocabulary at home. I then have small groups of 2~4 students work on reading comprehension based on questions in the quiz and we then expand on the understanding of the text as the whole class. I throw in grammar points and cultural background as necessary. Towards the end, we move on to writing activities and summarize the passage within a set amount of time, making use of the “Note Taking” activities.
4. What do you think are the benefits of this series?
What I like about this series the most, as I mentioned above, is that it features comprehensive learning strategies, introduced systematically. Those strategies help learners to read the texts in the book with more ease, effectively boosting their confidence over time. The book also provides diverse reading experiences with a wealth of subjects such as Business, Psychology, Nutrition, Literature, Art, History and Education and a variety of writing styles such as opinion essays, diaries, letters and newspaper articles.
5. How are the students responding to the book?
My students are happy with this series not only because of the rich pool of topics but also because reading a few different pieces on the same topic in one chapter introduces them to multi-dimensional perspectives. They often struggle with reading comprehension at the outset especially when they are not familiar with the topic but after completing one chapter they are satisfied to have gained a wider knowledge of a subject.
Longman Academic Reading Series
The Longman Academic Reading Series is a five-level series that prepares English language learners for academic work. The aim of the series is to make students more effective and confident readers by providing high-interest readings on academic subjects and by teaching them skills and strategies for effective reading, vocabulary building, note-taking, and critical thinking. The series also encourages students to discuss and write about the ideas they discovered in the readings, making them better speakers and writers of English as well.
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