For Your Information 4 Reading and Vocabulary Skills

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-05-04
  • Publisher: Pearson Education ESL

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The new edition of For Your Information 4, by Karen Blanchard and Christine Root, helps high-intermediate students become engaged, thoughtful, and confident readers of English. Each thematic unit features high-interest readings and an assortment of activities to increase students' vocabulary base and build reading skills.


Features of For Your Information 4, Second Edition:

  • New and updated reading selections motivate students to explore different aspects of each topic and develop a range of critical thinking skills.
  • Expanded reading comprehension and skill-building exercises help prepare students for academic competency and standardized tests.
  • A variety of new vocabulary-building skills and word-attack activities increase students' vocabulary.
  • A companion DVD of ABC News excerpts, with accompanying activities, expands on the themes.

To order the Audio CDs, click on the Resources link on the left side of this page.

Author Biography

Karen Blanchard has an M.S.Ed in English Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and Christine Root has an M.Ed in English Education from the University of Massachusetts. Both authors have more than twenty-five years of experience working with English language learners at the university level. Karen has also taught at the American Language Academy at Beaver College, in addition to tutoring students at many levels. Christine has taught in the Harvard ESL program and is a founder, coordinator, and guide in the ESOL tour program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Karen and Christine continue to enjoy working together to create English language textbooks for students around the world.


Karen and Chistine first met when they were teaching at the University of Pennylvania. It wan't long before they began working on their first book, Ready to Write. They have continued their successful collaboration, producing more than seventeen popular reading and writing textbooks.

Table of Contents

What Languages do you Speak?
Reaping the Rewards of Learning English
The Hope of Esperanto
Instant Messaging: Shaping Our Lives Tie It All Together
Vocabulary Self-Test
Don't Worry, Be Happy
The E-Factor!
Happiness Is
How Color Can Change Your Life Tie It All Together
Vocabulary Self-Test
Home and Family
The House on Mango Street
My House
Birth Order: What It Means for Your Kids ... and You Tie It All Together
Vocabulary Self-Test
Winning and Losing
Athletes as Role Models
Olympic Marathons, Then and Now
Helping Athletes Go for the GOld Tie It All Together
Vocabulary Self-Test
Healing Power
Plant Power
Music's Surprising Power to Heal
Frogs and Human Health Tie It All Together
Vocabulary Self-Test
They're Stealing Our Masterpieces
Crime Lab
For Sale: Stolen Animals Tie It All Together
Vocabulary Self-Test
The Universe and Beyond
Valuable By-Products of Space Research
Destination Mars
Dancing to the Music of Physics Tie It All Together
Vocabulary Self-Test
Business Savvy
Nothing but the Truth
Do's and Taboos Tie It All Together
Vocabulary Self-Test Vocabulary Self-Tests
Answer Key
Map of the World
Map of the United States Readers
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