Perspectives Intermediate Daniel Barber, Lewis Lansford and Amanda Jeffries National Geographic Learning 978-1-337-27717-4
Perspectives is a new, four-level series with an innovative approach: every unit explores one idea from different angles. For example, the unit on food includes cooking in schools, Filipino street food and a TED talk on becoming a weekday vegetarian. This approach works. It encourages students to evaluate new information, develop critical thinking and acquire the necessary confidence to express their own ideas. There are ten units. The language exercises systematically cover grammar, vocabulary and the four language skills, and include exam-style tasks. The range of topics (hiring people, cyborgs, procrastination and effective communication) is impressive. The texts are content-rich and engaging, with appropriately challenging vocabulary. This 162-page coursebook also boasts some truly stunning photographs. Designed for B1 students wishing to progress to B2.