21st Century Reading, First Edition

  • AUTHORS: Robin Longshaw; Laurie Blass; Mari Vargo; Eunice Yeates; Ingrid Wisniewska; Jessica Williams
  • ©2016 
  • Level(s): Low-intermediate (US) | Intermediate | High-intermediate | Advanced
  • Recommended For: English Language Learners
  • Grade(s): 9 , 10 , 11 , 12


About the Program

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21st Century Reading was created through a partnership between TED, a nonprofit dedicated to spreading ideas through short, powerful talks and National Geographic Learning.

21st Century Reading provides the ideal forum for learners of English to make connections with topics ranging from science to business to global issues. Using TED Talks as the springboard to share ideas, this new four-level reading series shows learners how to understand and respond to ideas and content in English.

21st Century Reading develops essential knowledge and skills for learners to succeed in today’s global society. The series teaches core academic language skills and incorporates 21st century themes and skills such as global awareness, information literacy, and critical thinking.

Each unit of 21st Century Reading has three parts: READ about a 21st century topic—such as social robots and viral videos—in Lesson A; LEARN more about the topic by viewing an authentic TED Talk in Lesson B; EXPLORE the topic further by completing a collaborative research project.

About the Author

  • Robin Longshaw

    Robin Longshaw has taught English to adults and young adults in Spain and the US for thirty years. She has worked as an author and editor of English texts and reference books since 1995.

  • 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.

  • Mari Vargo

    Mari Vargo is an experienced writer, editor, and educational consultant based in San Francisco. She has written and developed a wide variety of print, online and multimedia products, for primary and secondary school, community college, adult school, and university students.

  • Eunice Yeates

    Eunice Yeates taught English in Japan for a number of years before turning her attention to educational publishing in 1999. She has written extensively for both English language teachers and learners, with a particular focus on assessment content and exam preparation materials.

  • Ingrid Wisniewska

    Ingrid Wisniewska studied modern languages and philosophy at Oxford University. She holds an MA in English language teaching and a PhD in language teacher education from the University of Southampton. She has taught English and trained teachers in Japan, the Czech Republic, the UK and the US. She is the author of several books for students and teachers of English, including Learning One-to-One and Vocabulary and Grammar Practice for the TOEFL Test.

  • 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.

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