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The Skill Sharpeners series is especially designed for students whose skills in standard English require strengthening. By introducing basic skills tied to classroom subjects in a simple grammatical framework, the series helps to prepare these students for academic success. With ESL students, the Skill Sharpeners series bridges the gap between ESL and regular school subjects. With all students, it reinforces confidence and self esteem.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131929944
  • Publisher: Pearson ESL
  • Publication date: 12/20/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy DeFilippo is a coordinator of ESL in the Intensive English program at Northeastern University. She is author of Lifeskills 1 and 2 and Lifeskills and Citizenship, and is co-author of Grammar Plus, all published by Longman.

Charles Skidmore is an ESL teacher at the secondary level in the Boston, Massachusetts, schools and at Boston University’s CELOP program. He is co-author of In Good Company, published by Addison-Wesley.

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Table of Contents

Unit 1 Biggest and Best

Getting to Know You (Interviewing, making an oral report)

Complete the Sentence (Reviewing grammar, completing a cloze exercise)

Whose Are They? (Forming and using possessive nouns and adjectives, restating ideas in different ways)

Long, Longer, Longest (Forming and using comparatives and superlatives, including those of good, using vocabulary in context)

Cars and Houses (Using comparatives, interpreting data)

That’s Superlative! (Forming and using superlatives, writing descriptive paragraphs)

Similes (Understanding and creating similes)

In the Newspaper: the Index (Classifying, identifying main idea, using an index, learning about newspapers, interpreting section headings)

Whose Is It? (Deductive problem solving, reading for details)

Dear Dot (Reading for main idea, making inferences, generalizing from experiences, expressing opinions in writing)

Unit 2 Saying It Simply

How Do They Do It? (Forming and using adverbs, using the comparative form of adverbs, using context to complete sentences)

How Did They Say It? (Using adverbs, building vocabulary, using context to complete sentences)

Summing Up (Reading for main idea, writing a summary)

In Short (Reading for main idea, choosing relevant details, writing a summary)

In the Newspaper: Writing Headlines (Reading for main idea, writing headlines, learning about newspapers, determining meaning from context)

Read All About It (Making judgments, categorizing, expanding vocabulary)

Adjective or Adverb? (Choosing between adjectives and adverbs, building vocabulary, internalizing grammar rules)

Dear Dot (Reading for main idea, making inferences, generalizing from experience, expressing opinions in writing)

Unit 3 Then and Now

Which One Is It? (Using present perfect tense, using time expressions with for, understanding implied meaning)

My Fair Lady (Choosing between simple past and present perfect, using context to determine correct tense)

The Past Perfect (Forming and using the past perfect, combining sentences using after)

Just the Facts (Using the simple past and past perfect, understanding and using reported speech)

What the Puzzler Has Done (Reviewing the present perfect, using past participles)

In the Newspaper: Examining a News Article (Organizing information, reading for main idea and details, identifying reported speech, writing news stories)

Preparing for Tests: Inferences and Conclusions (Reading for inference, finding specific information, drawing conclusions)

Dear Dot (Reading for main idea, making inferences, making judgments, expressing opinions in writing)

Unit 4 It’s Up to you, Isn’t It?

Tag Endings (Forming and using tag endings, asking and answering questions, plotting information on charts)

What Do You Know? (Forming and using tag endings, using reference materials, building knowledge of world geography)

Voting: The Power of Adult Citizens (Reading for details, making judgments, supporting opinions in writing)

And So Do I (Combining sentences using too and so, choosing correct tenses, writing alternate forms of a sentence)

Either, Neither (Combining sentences with either and neither, writing alternate forms of a sentence)

In the Newspaper: the Feature Article (Reading for specific information, understanding different types of informative writing, understanding cause and effect, writing a scientific/technical feature story)

Preparing for Tests: Stated and Implied Ideas (1) (Reading for inference, finding specific information, understanding stated and implied ideas)

Dear Dot (Reading for main idea, understanding words through context, making judgments, expressing opinions in writing)

Unit 5 Wheels

Active and Passive (Forming and using the passive voice, distinguishing between active and passive)

Who, What, When (Understanding the passive voice, using reference books, placing historical events in time)

Where Is It Made or Grown? (Interpreting a map with product symbols, forming and using the passive voice)

Applying for a Passport (Reading for main idea and details, applying personal experience to interpretation of reading materials, expressing opinions in writing)

In the Newspaper: Soap (Interpreting advertisements, reading for detail, writing descriptions, writing advertisements)

Restating Information (Simplifying and restating information, understanding active and passive voice)

Dear Dot (Reading for main idea, reasoning deductively, making judgments, expressing opinions in writing)

Unit 6 How Do You Say It?

Americana (Building vocabulary, understanding American culture, taking multiple-choice tests)

Analogies (Classifying words, reasoning logically, discovering relationships, building vocabulary)

What Will Happen ...? (Understanding cause and effect, using conditionals, expressing future action with will and may)

If You Forget (Understanding cause and effect, predicting outcomes, completing conditional sentences)

Could You Please Tell Me ...? (Writing questions with polite introductory phrases, using correct word order)

Trivia Time (Reviewing/understanding cultural information in a game situation)

In the Newspaper: the Editorial Page (Distinguishing between fact and opinion, making inferences, establishing tone, supporting an opinion in writing)

Saying It Another Way (Simplifying and restating information, understanding different levels of discourse, understanding various question forms)

Fact or Opinion? (Distinguishing between fact and opinion)

Dear Dot (Reading for details, building vocabulary, making judgments, expressing opinions in writing)

Unit 7 Decisions, Decisions

He Used to Be Messy (Expressing past action with used to, reading for specific information, comparing and contrasting)

What Should You Do? (Using modals should, ought to, had better, making judgments, writing solutions to problems)

It’s Possible! (Expressing possibilities with might or may, making inferences, drawing conclusions)

Harry Houdini (Reading for main idea and details, distinguishing between fact and opinion, expressing opinions in writing, interpreting proverbs)

I Would Rather Stay Home (Expressing preference with would rather)

Take It With a Grain of Salt (Interpreting figurative language)

In the Newspaper: Daily Features (Reading for main ideas and details)

Find the Error (1) (Finding and correcting grammatical errors, preparing for standardized tests)

Dear Dot (Interpreting figurative language, making judgments, drawing conclusions, expressing opinions in writing)

Unit 8 Be a Good Sport

Gerunds: When Verbs Become Nouns (Choosing between gerunds and infinitives)

Gerunds and Prepositions (Using gerunds after prepositions, using gerunds and infinitives to complete sentences)

Adjectives Ending in -ed and -ing (Using -ed/-ing adjectives correctly, expanding vocabulary, differentiating between two forms of the same word)

What’s the Sport? (Classifying, using context clues, making inferences, interpreting figurative language)

You’ve Got a Problem (Solving mathematical word problems)

Adjective Form or Noun Form? (Choosing between adjectives and nouns, building vocabulary, internalizing grammar rules)

In the Newspaper: the Sports Pages (Understanding figurative language, drawing conclusions, locating specific information, using context clues)

Your Choice of Words (Understanding vocabulary in context, preparing for standardized tests)

Dear Dot (Reading for main idea, understanding figurative language, making judgments, expressing opinions in writing)

Unit 9 On the Job

Taxes (Reading for details, understanding taxes, getting information from forms)

A State Income Tax Form (Understanding taxes, read a filled-out form to answer questions about it; locating specific information, completing a form)

In the Newspaper: Help Wanted (Reading for detail, classifying, writing a resume and cover letter, role playing)

Figure It Out! (Solving mathematical word problems, computing percents, understanding taxes)

Finding a Job (Reading for specific information, interpreting help-wanted ads, role playing)

Preparing for Tests: Stated and Implied Ideas (2) (Reading for inference, finding specific information, drawing conclusions)

Dear Dot (Reading for main idea and details, making inferences and judgments, expressing opinions in writing)

Unit 10 Who Said What?

I Wish I Could (Using wish conditional, completing conditional sentences)

Cindy Rella (Wish conditional with past and past perfect tenses, expressing wishes in writing)

What Did You Say? (Reported speech with past and past perfect tenses)

Too, Very, Enough (Using quantifying adverbs)

The Bill of Rights: Basic Freedoms (Locating specific information, drawing conclusions, making inferences, writing paragraphs)

In the Newspaper: Real Estate (Locating specific information, understanding and using abbreviations, establishing tone)

Picture It (Discussing and interpreting a photograph, writing a descriptive paragraph)

Dear Dot (Reading for main idea, making judgments, predicting outcomes, expressing opinions in writing)

Unit 11 Making Choices

Even Though I Shouldn’t … (Forming even though clauses, predicting outcomes)

What Should He Have Done? (Using past modals, problem solving)

I Wonder Why (Using past modals, drawing conclusions)

If We Had Known … (Using past models, understanding cause and effect, predicting outcomes)

What If? (Sequencing tenses with if, proposing possible solutions to problems)

In the Newspaper: the Movies (Reading a schedule, making inferences, reading for main idea, summarizing)

Which Movie? (Classifying, using past modals, making inferences, suggesting alternate solutions)

Find the Error (2) (Finding and correcting grammatical errors, preparing for standardized tests)

Dear Dot (Reading for main idea and details, understanding figurative language, making judgments, expressing opinions in writing)

Vocabulary Review

Appendix: Parts of Speech

End-of Book Tests

Skills Index

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