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Review - April 2015

Leap Advanced, Reading and Writing

Julia Williams, Pearson;

978-2-7613-5228-4

‘Leap’ stands for learning English for academic purposes. Eight chapters cover some fascinating topics such as sustainable buildings, new media and performance-enhancing drugs. The complex authentic texts are certainly challenging, which is appropriate for advanced-level learners. The strong focus on vocabulary covers words on the Academic Word List and discipline-specific items. The short ‘critical connections’ sections are useful, encouraging both critical thinking and the synthesis of ideas from two separate sources. Guidance is provided in structuring various essay types, including persuasive and problem-solution types. The tasks are demanding, requiring users to produce extensive pieces of writing.