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    More critical thinking. More college skills. A fresh perspective on EAP.

    Today’s students need to develop a range of academic skills. They need to learn how to analyze information, look at things in new ways, formulate their own opinions, and express themselves clearly. Prism, a paired skills course, takes a fresh approach to English for Academic Purposes by focusing strongly on critical thinking, skills for academic life, and teaching the most useful language. Each Student's Book includes access to the Digital Workbook and an eBook with video.

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    Authors: Kate Adams, Lida Baker, Robyn Brinks Lockwood, Stephanie Dimond-Bayir, Nancy Jordan, Alan Kennedy, Lewis Lansford, Michele Lewis, Richard O'Neill, Sabina Ostrowska, Susan Peterson, Kimberly Russell, Chris Sowton, Carolyn Westbrook,N.M. White, Jessica Williams
    CEFR Levels: A1 - C1

      Key Features  

    Uses a fresh approach to Critical Thinking based on a full integration of Bloom’s taxonomy to help students become well-rounded critical thinkers.
    Focuses on the most relevant and important language for students of academic English based on comprehensive research.
    Goes beyond language and critical thinking skills to teach students how to be successful, engaged college students both inside and outside of the classroom.

    Prism is part of a learning experience that could only come from Cambridge

    It's shaped by unique insights from our extensive research and expertise, all to enable teachers to do what they do best - teach - and learners to reach their full potential.


    More of what students need 

     Based on the feedback teachers gave us, we made sure that Prism delivers on two key areas: Critical Thinking and Skills for College Life.

    Critical Thinking

    In order to truly prepare for college coursework, students need to develop the full range of thinking skills. Prism teaches explicit critical thinking skills in every unit of every level. These skills adhere to the taxonomy developed by Benjamin Bloom. By working within the taxonomy, we are able to ensure that your students learn both lower-order and higher-order thinking skills. 

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    Skills for College Life

    In each unit, a unique section called "On Campus" teaches students valuable skills beyond academic listening and speaking. From asking questions in class to participating in a study group and from being an active listener to finding help, students learn how to navigate university life. The section begins with a context-setting listening, and moves directly into active practice of the skill.

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    Research based 

    Prism is built on a solid foundation of research. From conversations with teachers at over 500 institutions, to corpus analysis, we ensure that this series meets student needs.

    Informed by Teachers

    Classroom teachers shaped everything about Prism. The topics. The exercises. The critical thinking skills. The On Campus sections. Everything. We are confident that Prism will help your students succeed in college because teachers just like you helped guide the creation of this series.

    Vocabulary Research

    Students need to learn a wide range of general and academic vocabulary in order to be successful in college. Prism carefully selects the vocabulary that students study based on the General Service List, the Academic Word List, and the Cambridge English Corpus.


    Help your students to succeed 

    When students can think critically and know how to navigate college, they will be ready to go and earn their degrees.

    Students Prepared for Today's Classrooms

    Thanks to the deep insights from teachers at over 500 institutions, Prism contains more critical thinking and more skills for college life than any other series. 

    Your students will be better able to understand and analyze complex university texts. They will write and speak with confidence. They will know how to navigate their own colleges successfully.

    In short, your students will be better prepared for today's classrooms.

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      What teachers and learners say  

      What teachers  

      and learners say  

    "Thinking over the many books I have used, Critical Thinking and college skills, aren’t always included, and I think those sections are what really sold me on this."

    Teacher, North America

    "[Critical Thinking] was my favorite section of the whole unit. If you look at most of the textbooks we work with [they] don’t include Critical Thinking. You have to be at the advanced level or post-advanced level before they get into Critical Thinking. This is one of the areas students enjoy most – it elicits a lot response and they find it very interesting."

    Teacher, North America

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