About the course
Essential Reading Second Edition is a three-level course for young adult and adult learners, from A2 to B1+. It teaches essential reading skills through texts with a variety of engaging topics tailored to Asian learners. This second edition offers a new design, updated materials to reflect changing society and trends, and a completely new Teacher’s Presentation Kit to aid classroom teaching.
The Student Books come with 12 topic-based units per level, featuring a variety of motivating reading texts and activities which develop not just reading but also listening, speaking, writing, vocabulary and grammar skills. Critical thinking skills are built through engaging questions for speaking and discussion. Review pages for each unit enable ongoing evaluation of progress.
New Life Skills feature teaches transferable, real-life skills in the categories Self and Society, Study and Learning, and Work and Career.
An extract from Macmillan Graded Readers per level promotes extensive reading and exposes students to different genres of text.
Teacher’s File and course website offer additional materials, including updated culture notes and supplementary photocopiable activities, and help teachers plan a lesson that perfectly suits their students.
The free online Test Generator provides extra reading passages and comprehension questions for teachers to create progress tests tailored to their students.
Completely new Teacher’s Presentation Kit includes interactive activities and complete audio of all reading passages and listening activities, which allow teachers to enjoy interactive, dynamic lessons with the whole class.
Reviews / What people say
Recommendation – “Excellent variety of exercises”
What I find very useful for students in this course book is the excellent variety of exercises. Students can actually get to understand the reading text better and also learn different ways of saying the key words or common phrases. These exercises distinguish this course book from other books with traditional reading comprehension questions, which tend to focus on ‘testing’ students’ factual knowledge and often make students feel frustrated or bored rather than helping them to improve their reading skills. The exercises presented in Essential Reading usually allow students to notice the situational meaning in the text and lead them to pick up real language used in everyday life. The two texts in each unit give students better ideas about a topic, by presenting different perspectives.
Chu, Po-ying, Professor of Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
Testimonial – “an enjoyable and effective way to develop language skills”
To encourage independent reading, Essential Reading covers the key fundamentals of general reading skill development, vocabulary building, and dictionary use skills. The series also promotes extensive reading practices by providing information on the practice and introducing selections of Macmillan graded readers, giving students the opportunity to see that reading in English at their level of difficulty can be an enjoyable and effective way to develop language skills.
Dr Scott Miles, Head of the ESL Program, Dixie State University, US