Chapters in the "Quest Listening and Speaking" books follow a consistent 5-part chapter structure that builds in difficulty and blends listening and speaking skills within the context of a particular academic area. Part One introduces the chapter topic with a short reading, discussion questions, and a journal writing activity. Part Two, 'Everday English', features practice in listening to conventional English. These lively conversations and interviews appear on video as well as audio cassette, and feature a group of college students in a variety of different situations. Part Three, 'The Mechanics of Listening and Speaking', contains contextualized practice in areas such as intonation, pronunciation, and language functions. Part Four, 'Broadcast English', features authentic radio pieces from well known sources such as NPR, Christian Science Monitor, and Marketplace. Part Five, 'Academic English', features authentic college lectures. As students listen, they gain valuable practice in note-taking skills.
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After teaching EFL in Korea and Greece, Pam Hartmann settled in California. She has taught ESOL at UCLA Extension, USC, Santa Monica college and West Los Angeles College. She currently teaches in the college Preparatory Program at Evan Community Adult School and writes textbooks in every spare moment. She is the author of Clues to Culture, and co-author of Tense situations, Get It? Got It!, Interactions Access Reading/Writing and Interactions I & II Reading. Laurie Blass received an M.A. in Linguistics and a TESIL certificate from the University of Pittsburgh. She taught ESOL in the U.S. and France for 10 years, and has written several ESOL textbooks, including Mosaic I & II, A Content-Based Writing Book, Interactions Access: A Listening/Speaking Book, Task reading, Worldbeat, Reflections and Beyond and Let's Talk Business. Laurie has also worked as a freelance developmental editor for several ESOL publishers. She also designs and writes interactive CD-ROM and web content for educational software developers.
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