Step Up to Academic Reading

Paperback | July 9, 2012

byMarina Rozenberg

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Step Up to Academic Reading takes a skill-based approach, with each chapter focusing on a particular set of skills that are developed gradually, often progressing from sentences to paragraphs to longer passages. The book covers skills that are essential for success in the academic world - theyteach the reader to approach an academic text in an engaged manner by analyzing the purpose of a text's publication, the opinions expressed by the author, and the ways in which opinions are expressed. Typically, the students are requested to evaluate the quality of support for the ideas set forth by the author, and to form their own opinions on the issue. Students are taught that they should not read mechanically, processing the printed information merely for the sake of answering comprehensionquestions. Instead, they learn to employ a series of reading skills that will empower them to think critically about the way in which an argument is presented.Chapter 5 is unique to this book, introducing a research article as a separate and important academic genre. Students are asked to consider an author's credentials, the disclosure of possible financial interests, a reference list, and other supporting information.The final chapter integrates the skills through a series of texts, employing academic-style reading activities, such as constructing an outline of a text and summarizing a text. Here, as in other activities throughout the book, the students have to synthesize the information from two texts on arelated topic and to contrast them.

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Step Up to Academic Reading takes a skill-based approach, with each chapter focusing on a particular set of skills that are developed gradually, often progressing from sentences to paragraphs to longer passages. The book covers skills that are essential for success in the academic world - theyteach the reader to approach an academic te...

Marina Rozenberg has been an instructor of academic English skills at Simon Fraser University (SFU) since 2008. Before that, she taught college-level academic English for 12 years in Israel. She has held a number of other positions in ESL instruction and has developed curricula for SFU's reading and vocabulary course, as well as for ot...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.5 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195447352

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Table of Contents

1. Steps in the Reading ProcessStep 1 - Preview and make predictionsStep 2 - Identify the topics and check your predictionsStep 3 - Read closelyStep 4 - React to the textVocabulary Step - Dictionary work and Word forms2. Main Ideas and Supporting DetailsStep 1 - Identify levels of specificityStep 2 - Distinguish between main ideas, supporting details, organizational patterns, and possible irrelevant information in the textStep 3 - Integrate the skillsVocabulary Step - Guess words in context3. Facts and OpinionsStep 1 - Differentiate between facts and opinionsStep 2 - Identify techniques of expressing opinionsStep 3 - Integrate the skillsVocabulary Step - Multiple-meaning words4. Purpose and Audience of the TextStep 1 - Identify the tone of the writerStep 2 - Identify the purpose of the textStep 3 - Identify the genre and the audience of the textStep 4 - Integrate the skillsVocabulary Step - Summarize words5. Research ArticleStep 1 - Understand research article organizationStep 2 - Look for supporting information in a research articleStep 3 - Integrate the skillsStep 4 - Research vocabulary6. Steps in Practice