Reading and Vocabulary Focus

  • AUTHORS: Jo McEntire; Deborah Gordon; Laurie Blass; Jessica Williams; Catherine Mazur-Jefferies
  • CONTRIBUTOR: Lawrence J. Zwier (Series Consultant)
  • ©2014 
  • Level(s): High-beginning | Low-intermediate (US) | Intermediate | Advanced
  • Recommended For: Higher Education | Private Language Schools | Summer School
  • Subject(s): Reading


About the Program

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National Geographic Reading and Vocabulary Focus is an all-new, four-level reading series that provides the essential reading skills and vocabulary development for maximum academic readiness. Readings grounded in rich National Geographic content tap into learners' curiosity about the world, naturally encouraging inquiry and opportunities to synthesize information.

  • A comprehensive, three-part vocabulary development program builds student confidence as learners encounter new or unfamiliar words in academic texts

  • Academic Vocabulary sections develop the language that students will encounter in academic readings.

  • Multiword Vocabulary sections identify words that are commonly grouped together and then prompt learners to work with them in different contexts for enhanced comprehension.

  • Topic Vocabulary is presented as a reading preview strategy to enhance learner comprehension of the text.

About the Author

  • Jo McEntire

  • Deborah Gordon

    Deborah Gordon has been an ESL teacher, teacher trainer, program administrator, and materials writer and editor for over twenty five years. She has worked in ES/FL programs in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. She has written or co-authored several textbooks, workbooks, teachers’ books, online materials, assessment instruments, and companion websites. Deborah is a frequent presenter at TESOL and other professional conferences.

  • Laurie Blass

    Laurie Blass is a writer and editor specializing in print and digital English Language Teaching materials. She has an M.A. in Linguistics and a TESL certificate from the University of Pittsburgh and has taught ESL in the United States and France. She is the author/co-author of over 40 ELT titles representing a wide range of audiences, from adult education to English for academic purposes.

  • Jessica Williams

    Jessica Williams is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she teaches in the MA TESOL program. Her area of research is second language learning. She is the author of several ELT student books as well as professional reference books for ELT professionals.

  • Catherine Mazur-Jefferies

    Catherine Mazur-Jefferies is an ESL instructor at North Shore Community College in Massachusetts. Catherine holds an MA in TESL from Simmons College and has taught English language learners in Poland, Portugal, and the United States for the past 18 years. Cat has also written and edited a range of materials for National Geographic Learning, including contributions to the Listening and Notetaking Skills series.

  • Lawrence J. Zwier (Series Consultant)

    Lawrence J. Zwier is the Associate Director of Curriculum at Michigan State University’s English Language Center. Larry has taught in the United States, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Japan and Singapore. He is the author of numerous texts and the series consultant of Reading and Vocabulary Focus.

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