Longman Academic Reading Series 2 Student Book

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-06-10
  • Publisher: Pearson Education ESL
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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.



  • Readings based on academic sources — Every reading in the text focuses on an academic subject and is chosen with the intent of providing different and intriguing perspectives on the theme.
  • Multiple reading genres — Readings come from a variety of sources or genres, from textbooks to on-line articles, and are written by a variety of experts from widely different fields.
  • Explicit academic skills — From critical reading to vocabulary building, notetaking and critical thinking, the Longman Academic Reading Series provides students with a holistic approach to effective reading.
  • Corpus-Informed approach to vocabulary (AWL) — Students build vocabulary and acquire skills that will help them become more confident and successful in preparing for their academic work.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1    CULTURAL STUDIES: The Lessons of Travel

    Reading One    Tony the Traveller

    Reading Two    The Benefits of Studying Abroad

    Reading Three    The Way of St. James: A Modern-Day Pilgrimage


Chapter 2    MULTICULTURAL LITERACY: Writing About Cultural Identity

    Reading One    Mangoes and Magnolias

    Reading Two    Poems about Personal Identity

    Reading Three    Book Review of Mixed: An Anthology of Short Fiction about the Multiracial Experience


Chapter 3    HEALTH SCIENCE: High Tech, Low Tech, No Tech

    Reading One    Robots Improve Health Care, Helping Doctors, Nurses, and Patients

    Reading Two    A Simple Diagnosis

    Reading Three    Water is Shown to Help People Lose Weight


Chapter 4    EDUCATION: The Task of the Teacher

    Reading One    Bloom's Taxonomy

    Reading Two    The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee

    Reading Three    A Teacher's Lasting Impression


Chapter 5    PSYCHOLOGY: Theories of Intelligence

    Reading One    Types of Intelligence

    Reading Two    Transforming Students' Motivation to Learn

    Reading Three    The Extraordinary Abilities of Daniel Tammet


Chapter 6    BUSINESS: The Changing Workplace

    Reading One    The One Week Job: 52 Jobs in 52 Weeks

    Reading Two    Flip Flops and Facebook Breaks: Millennials Enter the Workplace

    Reading Three    Eight Keys to Employability


Chapter 7    MATH: Developing a Love of the "Language of Science"

    Reading One    A Mathematician's Lament

    Reading Two    What's Wrong with Math Education?

    Reading Three    Angels on a Pin


Chapter 8    PUBLIC SPEAKING: Messages and Messengers

    Reading One    The Power of Public Speech

    Reading Two    The Best Way to Structure a Speech

    Reading Three    Famous American Speeches


Chapter 9    PEACE STUDIES: The Change Makers

    Reading One    Social Entrepreneurship

    Reading Two    A Poverty-Free World

    Reading Three    The Barefoot College


Chapter 10    URBAN STUDIES: Living Together

    Reading One    City Fact Sheet

    Reading Two    The Future of Cities

    Reading Three    Won't You Be My Neighbor?


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