9780134400808

NEW EDITION Contemporary Topics 2 with Essential Online Resources

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  • ISBN13:

    9780134400808

  • ISBN10:

    0134400801

  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-08-15
  • Publisher: Pearson Education ESL

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Summary

Now in a fourth edition, Contemporary Topics expands on its highly respected approach to developing academic listening and study skills. Organized around realistic college lectures, the text guides learners through carefully sequenced activities in skills such as note-taking, focusing attention, intensive listening, and vocabulary building. It also helps students evaluate their interests and explore possible career paths.


New to This Edition

  • New subject areas, presented as one-on-one academic lectures, emphasize professional applications such as software engineering, multimedia design, information technology, urban planning, and social psychology.
  • Learning Outcomes listed at the outset of each unit let students know the goals of each unit and what their learning experience will be.
  • New audio interviews with topic experts provide context for the upcoming unit lecture.
  • Bottom-up listening and pronunciation exercises emphasize important principles and improve real-time perception.
  • An oral presentation activity, supported by specific preparation and delivery strategies, concludes each unit and includes the opportunity for peer evaluation.
  • Proficiency assessments composed of short academic audio lectures and multiple-choice exams simulate TOEFL-style test format for practice on high-stakes tests.
  • New Essential Online Resources include audio, video, and teacher materials (assessments, teaching notes, answer keys, audioscripts, presentation points, and more).

Other Highlights

  • Corpus vocabulary drawn from the Academic Word List ensures that students are exposed to core academic vocabulary.
  • Collaborative activities with presentation strategies and peer evaluations allow students to make connections and develop critical thinking skills.
  • Unit comprehension tests assess students' grasp of key concepts presented in the unit lecture.
  • Mapped to the Global Scale of English.

Table of Contents

Scope and Sequence

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Learning Path

 

UNIT 1

SOCIOLOGY — Names

 

UNIT 2

LINGUISTICS — Global English

 

UNIT 3

PSYCHOLOGY — Phobias

 

UNIT 4

BUSINESS —  Success in the Global Economy

 

UNIT 5

EDUCATION — How We Each Learn Best

 

UNIT 6

HISTORY — The Silk Road

 

UNIT 7

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY —  Sports Fans

 

UNIT 8

ARCHITECTURE — Frank Gehry

 

UNIT 9

PUBLIC HEALTH — Global Epidemic

 

UNIT 10

URBAN PLANNING — 21st Century Cities

 

UNIT 11

BIOLOGY — DNA Testing

 

UNIT 12

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION — Risk Management

 

 

APPENDIX A: Academic Word List

APPENDIX B: Affix Charts

APPENDIX C: Student Presentation Evaluation Forms

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