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The aim of the book This book is designed with the ultimate aim of developing tertiary-level learners into autonomous learners of English as a foreign language. To achieve this end, this book adopts a constructivist instruction; it integrates the four skillsreading, writing, listening, and speaking- using a thematic approach. Throughout the book, a variety of relevant, coherent and thematic tasks build on each other towards higher competence in using English in an academic context through thematic reading texts. Along with the thematic flow of the book, each unit presents different language skills and recycles the ones covered in the previous units. The reading texts are accompanied with thematic listening tasks, speaking tasks, writing tasks, and vocabulary building tasks. The book aims at developing not only language skills but also cognitive skills through tasks involving higher order thinking skills such as analysing, synthesizing, and evaluating ideas. The tasks “Making Connections”, “Going One Step Further”, “Reaction”, and “Your Country under Spotlight” are designed to enhance all these skills by encouraging students to find relationships and to synthesize information. In addition to academic and cognitive skills, the book also helps strengthen the learners’ language and vocabulary. To this end, students practice “dealing with long sentences”, “collocations”, and “vocabulary building and recycling” throughout the book. All the texts and tasks in the book revolve around one main theme: Change. The book looks at the theme of “change” from different views and each unit dwells on one specific aspect of the concept. The book starts with the concept of “Changing the Self” and gradually moves towards a broader topic: “Changing Generations”. The texts in the book are carefully selected to appeal to students with different backgrounds and perspectives. With the contemporary and controversial issues raised, the book aims to address students’ affective domain as well. We hope that both students and teachers will enjoy using The Compass: Route to Academic English 1.

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Table Of Contents INTRODUCTORY UNIT READING

“Quotes on Change” Finding the relationship between ideas

WRITING Writing a quote on the concept of “change”

Page 1 LISTENING

SPEAKING

Listening Task 1: “Resistance to Change”

Speaking Task 1: Discussion on the concept of “change”

Listening for specific information Listening for the main idea

LANGUAGE Understanding long sentences

Speaking Task 2: Presentation on “changes in one’s life” Discussion on plastic surgery Expressing opinions Giving a minipresentation

Unit 1 CHANGING THE SELF

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READING

WRITING

LISTENING

SPEAKING

Reading Text 1: “Your MasterpieceYourself”

The paragraph

Listening Task 1: “The Morning Show”

Speaking Task 1: Discussion on plastic surgery

Reading Text 2: “Transhumanism” Previewing Skimming Scanning Identifying Points of Reference

Identifying explicit / implicit main ideas Separating major details from minor details Outlining Identifying patterns of organization Identifying supporting techniques Writing a concluding sentence Maintaining coherence Maintaining unity

Listening Task 2: “Transhumanism and the Authentic Self” Listening for specific information Listening for the main idea

Speaking Task 2: Debate on Smart Drugs

LANGUAGE Dealing with long sentences Topical vocabulary Collocations

Speaking Task 3: Oral Synthesis on Genetic Engineering Asking for clarification Asking questions Expressing an opinion Practicing debate language Using comparison and contrast language

Unit 2 CHANGING COMMUNICATIONS

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READING

WRITING

LISTENING

SPEAKING

Reading Text 1: “Online Identities”

The Reaction Paragraph

Listening Task 1: “Social Media and Changes in Communication”

Speaking Task 1: Presentation on Social Media Tools

Reading Text 2: “Social Media: The New Power of the Public Sphere” Guessing Vocabulary Strengthening the use of dictionaries

Listening for specific information Listening for the main idea

Speaking Task 2: Debate on Fake Identities in the Social Media Asking for clarification Asking questions Expressing an opinion Practicing debate language Giving presentations

LANGUAGE Dealing with long sentences Collocations


Unit 3

CHANGING HABITS

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READING

WRITING

LISTENING

SPEAKING

Reading Text 1: “The Future of Reading in Online Revolution”

The Reaction Paragraph Essay writing

Listening Task 1: “Radio Poll on Reading Devices and Books”

Speaking Task 1: Role-play on Traditional Books vs. Electronic Books/Devices

Reading Text 2: “The Eyes Have It: Guess Who Controls the Future of TV” Understanding figurative speech Marking inferences Distinguishing between a fact and an opinion Reading between the lines Interpreting graphs

Pre-writing stages: - Writing the thesis statement - Outlining Writing the essay: - Characteristics of formal and informal writing - Writing the introduction paragraph - Writing the body of an essay Writing the conclusion paragraph Unity Coherence Writing the title Revising and editing the essay Writing the final draft

Listening Task 2: “Technology, Changing TV Habits, and Content” Listening for specific information Listening for the main idea Listening for implied ideas

LANGUAGE Dealing with long sentences Collocations

Speaking Task 2: Presentation on Game-changing Trends in Different Disciplines Expressing an opinion Practicing debate language Giving presentations

Unit 4 CHANGING GENERATIONS

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READING

WRITING

LISTENING

SPEAKING

Reading Text 1: “Kids Today”

Expository Paragraph Writing

Listening Task 1: “Generations Moving Through Time”

Speaking Task 1: Role-play on Generational Differences

Listening Task 2: “Changing Families”

Speaking Task 2: Role-play on the Concept of Delaying Adulthood

Reading Text 2: “Boomerang Kids Rely on their Parents: Is it a Positive Trend?” Identifying the writer’s technique

APPENDICES 1. Transitions 2. Prefixes and Suffixes 3. Roots 4. Commonly Made Mistakes to be Avoided 5. A Brief Guide to Punctuation 6. Grammar

Listening for specific information Listening for the main idea Listening for implied ideas

LANGUAGE Dealing with long sentences Collocations

Speaking Task 3: Presentation Reporting the Results of a Mini Survey Expressing an opinion Giving presentations

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Introductory Unit

Views on "Change"


Unit 1

Changing the Self This book is on the theme: "change". The starting point of change is the individual. Therefore, in Unit 1, you will study the concept of "changing the self".

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Unit 1 In this unit, you will study the following skills:

READING - Previewing - Skimming - Scanning - Identifying points of reference

WRITING - Writing an organized paragraph: Identifying explicit / implicit main ideas Separating major details from minor details Outlining Identifying patterns of organization Identifying supporting techniques Writing a concluding sentence Maintaining coherence Maintaining unity - Using the target vocabulary learnt so far in writing

LISTENING - Listening for specific information - Listening for the main idea

SPEAKING - Expressing an opinion - Asking for clarification - Asking questions - Debating - Making oral syntheses

LANGUAGE - Identifying word combinations - Dealing with long sentences

CRITICAL THINKING - Making connections between ideas - Reacting to an idea - Reflecting on an idea - Evaluating different viewpoints - Making predictions

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Unit 2

Changing Communications In Unit 1, you studied the concepts of “changing the self� and adoption of new identities. In this unit, you will see how the new online communication technologies contribute to changing identities.

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Unit 2 In this unit, you will study the following skills:

READING - Skimming - Scanning - Identifying points of reference - Guessing unknown vocabulary by: Identifying cognates Using contextual clues Transferring world knowledge Identifying parts of a word - Strengthening the use of dictionaries Monolingual dictionaries Bilingual dictionaries Thesaurus Dictionary of collocations

WRITING - Writing a reaction paragraph - Using the target vocabulary learnt so far in writing

LISTENING - Listening for the main idea - Listening for implied ideas

SPEAKING - Giving a mini presentation - Participating in discussions

LANGUAGE - Identifying word combinations - Dealing with long sentences

CRITICAL THINKING - Making connections between ideas - Reacting to an idea - Reflecting on an idea - Evaluating different viewpoints - Making predictions

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Unit 3

Changing Habits In Unit 2, you studied how people use online technologies to communicate. In this unit, you will study how technology changes our habits.

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Unit 3 In this unit, you will study the following skills:

READING - Previewing - Scanning - Identifying main ideas - Guessing unknown vocabulary - Identifying points of reference - Understanding figurative speech - Making inferences - Distinguishing between a fact and an opinion - Reading between the lines - Interpretting graphs

WRITING - Essay writing Pre-writing Stages: - Writing the thesis statement - Outlining Writing the essay: - Characteristics of formal and informal writing - Writing the introduction paragraph Identifying the introductory strategies - Writing the body of an essay How to develop an idea - Writing the conclusion paragraph Unity Coherence - Writing the title Revising and editing the essay Writing the final draft

- Writing a reaction paragraph - Using the target vocabulary learnt so far in writing

LISTENING - Listening for main ideas - Listening for specific information - Listening for implied ideas

SPEAKING - Giving a mini presentation - Participating in a discussion

LANGUAGE: - Identifying word combinations - Dealing with long sentences

CRITICAL THINKING: - Making connections between ideas - Reacting to an idea - Reflecting on an idea - Evaluating different viewpoints - Making predictions 98


Unit 4

Changing Generations In Unit 3, you studied how people’s habits have evolved in time. This evolution eventually results in a change in people, and this unit focuses on changing generations.

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Unit 4 In this unit, you will study the following skills:

READING - Previewing - Identifying main ideas - Guessing unknown vocabulary - Identifying points of reference - Making inferences - Identifying figures of speech - Identifying introduction techniques - Identifying conclusion techniques - Identifying supporting techniques - Identifying the writer’s technique Identifying purpose Identifying audience Identifying different points of view Identifying tone Identifying style / register

WRITING - Writing an expository paragraph - Using the target vocabulary learnt so far in writing

LISTENING - Listening for implied ideas - Listening for specific information - Listening for the main idea

SPEAKING - Giving reasons - Giving a mini-presentation

LANGUAGE: - Identifying word combinations - Dealing with long sentences

CRITICAL THINKING: - Making connections between ideas - Reacting to an idea - Reflecting on an idea - Evaluating different viewpoints - Making predictions

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The compass: Route to academic English 1  

THE COMPASS: Route to Academic English 1 adopts a constructivist and learner-centred instruction by integrating the four skills- reading, wr...

The compass: Route to academic English 1  

THE COMPASS: Route to Academic English 1 adopts a constructivist and learner-centred instruction by integrating the four skills- reading, wr...

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