Ideas and Issues Upper Intermediate is a highly original EFL teaching resource, which raids the treasury of classic and modern writing in English. It includes extracts from many famous books, including Pulitzer Prize-winning The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Bleak House by Charles Dickens, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K R....
Each unit begins with a listening text, which is fully exploited.
A reading text (also recorded), develops a contrasting aspect of the same theme.
A wide variety of exercises and activities consolidate and extend students' understanding of both extracts, through discussion, debate and role-plays.
Writing activities, in particular, are designed to practise the key skills at various levels as required for the FCE, CAE and CPE Examinations.
Grammar and vocabulary are presented in context and practised in the Language Check section of each unit.
Reference sections at the back of the book include the Grammar Spotlight, with clear reminders of essential structures, the full Listening Tapescript, Profiles of all the authors, and Word Banks, unit-by-unit glossaries with phonetics and definitions.
The cover flaps feature a ready reference of learning strategies.
The Teacher's Guide contains lesson plans and answers to exercises.