The Heart of the Matter: High-Intermediate Listening, Speaking, and Critical Thinking

  • AUTHOR: Marjorie Vai
  • ISBN-13: 9780838478578 
  • 192 Pages  Paperback 
  • 1st Edition
  • ©1998     Published
  • Level(s): Intermediate
  • List Price = $ 44.95 | College Wholesale (Net) Price $33.00
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About The Product

heart of the Matter uses audio and video input to develop listening, speaking, and critical thinking skills for the high intermediate level. A variety of listenings provide an opportunity for both recognition of different speaking styles as well as in-depth, culture-rich understanding of the topics from multiple perspectives.


  • Varied audio selections, including authentic interviews, mini-lectures, dialogues, and songs, set the context for developing solid speaking strategies.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills are developed through activities such as analyzing and synthesizing information.
  • Topics include legacy of the blues, work in the 21st century, crime as entertainment, and the dream world.
  • Materials are designed to encompass social and academic/business listening and speaking.
  • Video brings American culture and commentary into the classroom.

About the Contributor

  • Marjorie Vai