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  • Prism Reading

    A five-level reading course to help learners develop a range of academic and critical thinking skills to build confidence and prepare for college courses.

    Captivating readings, videos, academic reading skills, strategies, and development of critical thinking skills in Prism Reading help students become well-rounded thinkers and build confidence to succeed in and outside the classroom.

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    Authors: Kate Adams, Sabina Ostrowska, Michele Lewis, Richard O'Neill, Lida Baker, Carolyn Westbrook, Alan S. Kennedy, Chris Sowton, Jessica Williams
    CEFR Levels: A1 - C1

      Key Features  

    A wide variety of reading genres in different formats expose and prepare students to understand real-life text they may face in or outside the classroom.
    Topics, vocabulary, academic skills and integration of critical thinking skills to build students' confidence and prepare them for college courses were shaped by conversations with teachers at over 500 institutions.
    Task-based, collaborative activities extend each reading and video. Students work together to apply new skills and language in fresh, new scenarios, thus engaging more deeply with the academic content and community.
    The Online Workbook with one extra reading and additional self-graded activities for each unit, as well as audio and video resources, gives students extra practice and an opportunity to review the videos and listen to reading passages.

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    Better Learning is our simple approach where deeper insights help shape richer content that drives stronger results.

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    Informed by teachers 

    Topics, vocabulary, academic and critical thinking activities to build students’ confidence and prepare them for college courses were shaped by conversations with teachers at over 500 institutions.


    Carefully selected vocabulary students need to be successful in college are based on the General Service List, the Academic Word List, and the Cambridge English Corpus.

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    Bloom's Taxonomy

    Critical thinking exercises are based on Benjamin Bloom's classification of learning objectives. 

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    Capturing interest 

    Students experience the topics and expand their vocabulary through captivating readings and a video that pulls together everything they have learned in the unit, while developing academic reading and critical thinking skills.

    Extended Learning with Online Workbook

    Online Workbook has one extra reading and additional practice for each unit. Automated feedback gives autonomy to studens while allowing teachers to spend less time grading and more time teaching.

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    Presentation Plus

    Teachers can deliver effective and engaging lessons by showing the Student's Book pages and playing the audio and video at the point of use with just one click.

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    Videos from authentic sources

    Engaging videos at the end of each unit help students synthesize and expand on ideas, language, and skills they have learned.

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    Path to Better Learning 

    Students develop both critical thinking and academic reading skills they can apply to read, understand, and analyze university texts with confidence, helping them achieve academic success.

    Building confidence

    Readings from a variety of academic disciplines in different formats (essays, articles, website, etc.) expose and prepare students to comprehend real-life text they may face in or outside the classroom

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    Student progress

    Gradebook in the Online Workbook allows teachers to track how students are doing, while quizzes help assess student's progress after every unit.

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    Supporting every teacher: How to teach remotely using Prism Reading Posted by Emily White We continue to release our ‘how to’ guides to support teachers working with our course books …

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