Northstar, now in its third edition, motivates students to succeed in their academic as well as personal language goals. For each of the five levels, the two strands -- Reading and Writing and Listening and Speaking -- provide a fully integrated approach for students and teachers. What is Special about the Third Edition? *New Themes and Updated Content -- presented in a variety of genres and in authentic materials -- challenge and engage students intellectually.
Economic thinking is all about making difficult choices. Critical economic
thinking is all about being aware of how you think about economic issues so
that you can make the best decisions possible. All of us engage in economic
thinking whether it is shopping for ourselves, making business decisions that affect
our fellow workers, or deciding on government policies that affect the entire
nation. Of course such decision making is not done solely from an economic
perspective. Shopping decisions are affected by a variety of cultural influences.
Third grade is often considered a pivotal year as instruction in phonics is phased out of the formal
curriculum. In third grade, increased emphasis is placed on vocabulary acquisition, comprehension strategies,
text analysis, language conventions, and writing.
Third-grade students learn to use context as an independent vocabulary strategy. They learn to refer to
information in the text when asking and answering questions about texts they have read. They apply analysis
strategies to determine the theme or central message of text.
Writing and speaking activities offer students the opportunity to engage with course materials and develop both communication and critical thinking skills. As an expert in your discipline, you can help students develop both disciplinary literacy and critical thinking through regular high and low stakes writing and speaking activities.
Plain and simple: Students love fun activities. Because of the many and varied skills
that we are asked to teach our students each day, the classroom is an ideal place to
incorporate fun activities to introduce and review the various language arts skills including
grammar, mechanics, word development, vocabulary, research, critical thinking, and creative
writing, to name just a few.
To succeed on the TOEFL, you must use your time wisely. As you can see, the time constraints are brutal. To succeed, you must ration your time properly. The reason that time is so critical is that every question counts the same toward your final score. If you run out of time on any passage, the questions that you do not answer will hurt your score far more than earlier questions that you spent extra time on and feel certain are correct.
As English has been an international language, the ability to present a topic is clearly
valuable at every stage of students’ lives. Whatever the subjects they study, presentation
will bring them success in English speaking classes, academic work, job interviews and
their future work life – it is the most transferable of all their skills, and a critical part of
their professional development. Presentation is also an important part in an English
speaking class at high school, in which students are required to present their ideas in a
short and simple way....