Contemporary Topics, which features college lectures from several academic disciplines, including art history, media studies and psychology. Contemporary Topics prepares students for the challenge of college lectures with practice in a wide range of listening, speaking and note-taking skills and strategies.
The lectures (available on CD and DVD) were filmed in realistic academic setting before live student audiences.
Corpus-based vocabulary drawn from the Academic Word List
Practical listening and note-taking strategies
Note-review practice that allows students to analyze their note-taking skills and consolidate their understanding of the lecture
Academic research and speaking tasks: presentation, discussions, and role plays