• AUTHORS: Pamela Hartmann; Nancy Douglas; Andrew Boon
  • ©2014 
  • Recommended For: Higher Education | Private Language Schools
  • Subject(s): Listening & Speaking


About the Program

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Inspire is a listening and speaking course with additional content reading designed to create a richer speaking experience. The spectacular National Geographic photos and video provide enduring images that inspire learners to discover the world in all its brilliance.

  • A mixture of scripted and authentic audio provides opportunities for listening practice.
  • Students' communicative competence is developed through guided pair and group discussion activities.
  • An extensive range of activity types include interviews, surveys, class presentations and projects, and encourage students to take their learning beyond the classroom.
  • National Geographic video offers additional opportunities for developing listening comprehension and inspires discussion about the wondrous diversity of our planet.

About the Author

  • Pamela Hartmann

    Pamela Hartmann taught in Korea (through the Peace Corps) and then in Greece before returning to California, where she taught at UCLA, USC, Santa Monica College, West Los Angeles College, Pepperdine University, and for thirty years in the Intensive English Program at Evans Community Adult School, in the Los Angeles Unified School District. In recent years, her interest has focused on evolving methods in teaching ELT, on new research in the teaching of vocabulary, and on the benefits of using authentic content in ELT textbooks.

  • Nancy Douglas

    Nancy Douglas is a teacher, materials writer, and editor who has been in ELT for over twenty years. She has extensive experience working with students from around the world and has co-authored several courses, including the best-selling series World Link and Reading Explorer. She has also edited print and Web-based materials for English language learners as well as professional development courses for teachers.

  • Andrew Boon

    Andrew Boon is an associate professor at Toyo Gakuen University. He has been teaching in Japan for over 15 years and is currently an Aston University PhD student. He has published articles on teacher development, motivation, and methodology and presented at numerous conferences.

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