Longman Academic Reading Series 5 / Edition 1

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The Longman Academic Reading Series is a five-level series that prepares English language learners for academic work. The aim of the series is to make students more effective and confident readers by providing high-interest readings on academic subjects and by teaching them skills and strategies for effective reading, vocabulary building, note-taking, and critical thinking. The series also encourages students to discuss and write about the ideas they discovered in the readings, making them better speakers and writers of English as well.


  • Readings based on academic sources — Every reading in the text focuses on an academic subject and is chosen with the intent of providing different and intriguing perspectives on the theme.
  • Multiple reading genres — Readings come from a variety of sources or genres, from textbooks to on-line articles, and are written by a variety of experts from widely different fields.
  • Explicit academic skills — From critical reading to vocabulary building, notetaking and critical thinking, the Longman Academic Reading Series provides students with a holistic approach to effective reading.
  • Corpus-Informed approach to vocabulary (AWL) — Students build vocabulary and acquire skills that will help them become more confident and successful in preparing for their academic work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132760676
  • Publisher: Pearson Education ESL
  • Publication date: 8/26/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 112,801
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 SOCIOLOGY: How We Become Who We Are

Reading One Becoming a Person

Reading Two The Birth of Personality

Reading Three Agents of Socialization

Chapter 2 ART HISTORY: Origins of Modern Art

Reading One Breaking with Tradition: The Begiinnings of Modernism

Reading Two Post-Impressionism

Reading Three Abstract Expressionism

Chapter 3 ANTHROPOLOGY: The Study of Human Cultures

Reading One The Challenge of Defining Culture

Reading Two The Nature of Foraging and Horticultural Societies

Reading Three Night Flying Woman: An Ojibway Narrative

Chapter 4 SCIENCE: Human Achievements over Time

Reading One A Great Human Endeavor: Building the Gothic Cathedrals

Reading Two From Stone to Satellite: Finding Our Way

Reading Three Reaching for the Stars: The 100-Year Starship Project

Chapter 5 POLITICAL SCIENCE: Managing Hard Times

Reading One The Great Depression: A Nation in Crisis

Reading Two The Works Progress Administration and the Federal Arts Project

Reading Three An Artist's Perspective on the Federal Arts Project

Chapter 6 HEALTH SCIENCES: Medical Mysteries Solved

Reading One Solving a Deadly Puzzle

Reading Two Imprisoned without a Trial: The Story of Typhoid Mary

Reading Three The Discovery of a Miracle Drug

Chapter 7 LITERATURE: Storytelling through Poetry

Reading One Themes and Characters in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Reading Two The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Reading Three The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (continued)

Chapter 8 HISTORY: Encountering New Worlds

Reading One Europe on the Eve of Conquest

Reading Two Native American Histories before the Conquest

Reading Three West Africa at the Time of European Exploration

Chapter 9 BUSINESS: Ethical Issues

Reading One Promoting Ethics in the Workplace

Reading Two Ethical Reasoning

Reading Three Should Mary Buy Her Bonus?

Chapter 10 MIGRATION STUDIES: In Search of a New Life

Reading One Human Migration

Reading Two The Westward Journey: A Personal Perspective

Reading Three Wooden Trunk from Buchenwald

Vocabulary Index

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