Reading and Vocabulary Focus

Language(s): American English

Level(s): High-beginning, Low-intermediate (US), Intermediate, Advanced


Reading and Vocabulary Focus is a 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.

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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, Europ... more

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 h... more

Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams is an author, teacher, and teacher trainer. She was a professor of Applied Linguistics for more than 30 years at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she prepared hundreds of ... more

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,... more

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 State... more
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