ACTIVE Skills for Reading 1

  • AUTHOR: Neil J. Anderson
  • ISBN-13: 9781424001866 
  • 176 Pages  Paperback 
  • 2nd Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2003
  • ©2007     Published
  • Level(s): Beginning
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About The Product

ACTIVE Skills for Reading uses thematically organized non-fiction reading passages to teach reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. Written by reading specialist Neil J. Anderson, this innovative series uses an ACTIVE reading methodology to help learners become more confident, independent, and active readers.


  • New intro level builds the reading skills of beginning learners.
  • Twelve updated thematic units carefully develop active reading skills by incorporating pre-reading activities, vocabulary development activities, critical thinking opportunities, timed readings, and opportunities to increase students' reading fluency.
  • Four "Building Reading Fluency" review sections focus on developing reading speed and fluency.
  • Enhanced and varied reading selections include newspaper articles, web sites, blogs, journals, letters, and more for variety.
  • Focus on critical thinking encourages students to go beyond reading comprehension to analyze each text and the author's intent.
  • Students increase their reading fluency by reading passages, graphs, charts, and interviews, and by practicing skills such as scanning, predicting, and looking for the main idea of a reading passage.
  • Audio Program allows students to hear the readings.
  • Teacher's Manuals include an introduction to the methodology, a unit walk-through, and detailed lesson notes.
  • Web site includes internet search activities to promote extensive reading.
  • Assessment CD-ROM with ExamView Pro test-generating software allows instructors to create custom tests and quizzes quickly and easily.

About the Contributor

  • Neil J. Anderson

    Neil J. Anderson is a Humanities Professor of Linguistics and English Language at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA. He also serves as the Coordinator of the English Language Center. Professor Anderson has taught and presented papers and workshops in over 20 countries. His research interests include ELT leadership, second language reading and language learning strategies. He is the author of a teacher education text in the TeacherSource series entitled Exploring Second Language Reading: Issues and Strategies (1999, Heinle Cengage) and an EFL reading series ACTIVE Skills for Reading (2007/2008 Heinle Cengage). He is also the author of the ELT Advantage: Reading on-line professional development (2006, Heinle Cengage). During 2002-2003 he was a Fulbright Scholar conducting research and teaching in Costa Rica. Professor Anderson served as President of the international association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. 2001-2002. He also served as the Chair of the Board of Trustee for The International Research Foundation for English Language Education 2004-2006.

Table of Contents

1. Our Changing Diet
2. Inventions
3. Studying Abroad
4. Money and Budgets
5. Our Modern Lifestyle
6. The Olympics
7. Human Achievements
8. Language and Communication
9. Festivals and Celebrations
10. Growing Older
11. Look Into the Future
12. Fold Tales and Hoaxes

New to this Edition

  • New thematic readings feature realistic passage types including articles, journals, blogs, and interviews.
  • New "Critical Thinking" sections encourage students to analyze text and the author's intent.
  • New "Review Units" help students improve reading rate and fluency.
  • New Intro level completes the five-level series.
  • Updated website includes online quizzes and Internet research activities.
  • Updated Assessment CD-ROM with ExamView® covers TOEFL® and IELTS task types.


Teacher Components

  • ACTIVE Skills for Reading 1: Audio CD  (ISBN-10: 1424001870 | ISBN-13: 9781424001873)
  • ACTIVE Skills for Reading 1: Teacher's Guide  (ISBN-10: 1424001889 | ISBN-13: 9781424001880)
  • ACTIVE Skills for Reading Intro - 2: Assessment CD-ROM with ExamView®  (ISBN-10: 1424002354 | ISBN-13: 9781424002351)

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