Making Connections 3


Skills and Strategies for Academic Reading: Third Edition

Kenneth J. Pakenham, Jo McEntire and Jessica Williams

Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 978-1-108-66226-0

This upper-intermediate book aims to provide the skills and strategies needed to process academic texts. Four extensive, topic-based units focus on global health, multicultural societies, language and sustaining planet earth. One outstanding feature is the inclusion of “While you read” questions in the margins, encouraging students to engage with the content. Other strengths include the focus on critical thinking and the study of academic vocabulary. I found the ‘Closer Look’ questions to be really challenging, and some texts (like the one on cardiovascular disease) are quite demanding and dense. One useful Appendix helps students calculate their reading speed. Worth investigation.

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