21st Century Communication: Listening, Speaking and Critical Thinking

Language(s): American English

Level(s): Low-intermediate (US), Intermediate, High-intermediate, Advanced, B1, B2, C1

Overview

21st Century Communication is a four-level series that uses powerful ideas from TED Talks to teach learners to think critically and communicate effectively. Through authentic models of effective communication, students build fluency in the listening and speaking skills needed to achieve academic and personal success.

  • TED Talks are used to develop essential 21st century skills, including critical thinking, collaboration, and visual literacy.
  • Speaking, pronunciation, and presentation skills, inspired by TED speakers, prepare learners to speak confidently in any situation.
  • Extended listening based on real-world situations and TED Talks provide listening and note-taking practice.
  • Online Workbooks include the entire audio and video program, and automatically graded language practice activities - ideal for both hybrid and blended courses.

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Authors

Lida Baker

Lida Baker is the author of more than two dozen print and digital books for students and teachers of English as a second or foreign language. Now a full-time author and editor, she previously taught E... 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

Lynn Bonesteel

Lynn Bonesteel became interested in international education and cross-cultural communication over thirty years ago when she spent her junior year abroad studying Latin American topics and linguistics ... more

Christien Lee

Christien Lee, who has dual Canadian and British citizenship, has worked in English Language Teaching for more than 20 years. His roles have included teacher, teacher trainer, curriculum developer, ma... more
Track and Assess
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LEARNING ONLINE PLACEMENT
Place each learner at the right English ability level with National Geographic Learning Online Placement, an auto-scored, adaptive online placement test for learners ages 15+.
RECOMMENDS PLACEMENT INTO ONE OF 14 CEFR® BANDS
SPEAKING PROMPTS FEATURING NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOS
INDIVIDUAL SCORE REPORTS


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