A World of Fiction calls upon students' diverse language and critical thinking skills as they discover the pleasure and rewards of reading fiction. This expanded series (Level 1: High Intermediate; Level 2: Advanced) is designed to help students sharpen their reading, vocabulary, grammar, and writing skills. Each level contains 16 unabridged stories.
The stories are ideal for literary analysis, language practice, and lively cross-cultural discussion.
Each level features selections by noteworthy authors — (Book 1) Raymond Carver, Dorothy Parker, Tim O’Brien, and Kate Chopin. (Book 2) James Joyce, Louise Erdrich, Woody Allen, and Alice Walker.
Reading selections guide students through understanding plots, exploring themes, analyzing styles, making judgments and cross-cultural connections, and debating the issues that are explored.
Extended Vocabulary in Context sections cover idioms, phrasal verbs, and other areas of vocabulary enrichment.
Writing activities include both expository and creative assignments in which students are led to incorporate the language skills featured in the chapter.
Expanded Critical Thinking sections encourage students to analyze stories and connect them to their own experiences.
The Practice Tests Plus series provides authentic practice for the Cambridge English Preliminary exam, including complete tests with guidance and useful tips which maximise learners' chances of excelling.
Key features are:
100% in line with current Cambridge exams requirements, including 2020 exam
Exam overview provides detailed information about each paper
Guidance activities increase awareness about what each part of the exam is testing and scaffold the students' experience (A2 Key and B1 Preliminary)
Tip strips provide strategies and hints on where to look and what to look for when responding to a question
Grammar bank provides language input, support and practice on some key structures for the level (A2 Key and B1 Preliminary)
Speaking bank provides useful language and extra practice for each part of the speaking test
Writing bank provides model answers, useful language and extra input to support the writing paper
Speaking test video allows students to see how the speaking test is carried out
Examiner feedback video aims to highlight strengths and areas for improvement
About the exam video gives information for the exam
Classic / British English Moby Dick is the most dangerous whale in the oceans. Captain Ahab fought him and lost a leg. Now he hates Moby Dick. He wants to kill him. But can Captain Ahab and his men find the great white whale? A young sailor, Ishmael, tells the story of their exciting and dangerous trip.
Eleven-year old Billy Elliot is different from other boys. He is not very clever or good at sport. Then, one day, he discovers ballet dancing. Finally he has found something that he can do well. But everybody knows that ballet is for girls, not boys!
Will Billy continue to dance? Or have his father and brother got other plans for him?
Contemporary/ British English 'Sons of Scotland! You have come here to fight as free men. If you fight, perhaps you'll die. If you run, you may live for a time. But at what cost?' Braveheart is the story of William Wallace, who gave hope to Scottish people in their fight to be free.
Will Freeman wants an easy life with no responsibilities. But then he meets Marcus - an unusual twelve year old boy with serious problems. About a Boy is a modern classic - a very funny story about a very serious subject: love. It's also a popular movie starring Hugh Grant.
In London, Christmas is coming and the people in this story have love on their minds. Some have found love; some have lost it. Some accept their loneliness; others live in hope. Even the new British prime minister's thoughts are not always on his job - because love, actually, is all around us.
Pearson English Active Readers present stories carefully written and graded across five levels for teachers of English who want to activate their students’ language through reading, .
From original stories, classic and contemporary fiction, to film adaptations and nonfiction titles, an integrated skills approach consolidates vocabulary and develops language skills while learners experience the joy of reading.
Contemporary / British English Mark Sway is eleven and he knows a terrible secret. He knows where a body is hidden. Some secrets are so dangerous that it's better not to tell. But it's just as dangerous if you don't. So Mark needs help fast... because there isn't much time.
Classic / British English When her mother dies, Mary Yellan goes to live with her aunt and uncle at Jamaica Inn. Strange things happen there at night, and Mary slowly discovers that she and her aunt are in terrible danger. Can she save herself and her aunt before it is too late?
Pearson English Readers bring language learning to life through the joy of reading.
Well-written stories entertain us, make us think, and keep our interest page after page. Pearson English Readers offer teenage and adult learners a huge range of titles, all featuring carefully graded language to make them accessible to learners of all abilities.
Through the imagination of some of the world’s greatest authors, the English language comes to life in pages of our Readers. Students have the pleasure and satisfaction of reading these stories in English, and at the same time develop a broader vocabulary, greater comprehension and reading fluency, improved grammar, and greater confidence and ability to express themselves.
Contemporary / American English I have no job. I have no money. I have debts I cant pay. I do, however, have a case. Rudy Baylor is ready to finish law school but loses his first job before he has even started. Then Dot and Bud Black ask for his help in their fight against a powerful insurance company. Their son, Donny Ray, is dying. His claim for medical insurance has been refused. Can Rudy, an inexperienced student, really give them any hope?
Huxley's story shows a futuristic World State where all emotion, love, art, and human individuality have been replaced by social stability. An ominous warning to the world's population, this literary classic is a must-read.
This is a great love story set in the tragedy of war. It is 1941. The Italian officer, Captain Corelli, falls in love with Pelagia, a young Greek girl. But Pelegia's fiance is fighting the Italian army.
"All novels are built on the never-ending contest in ourselves between good and evil." John Steinbeck, one of America's greatest writers, considered East of Eden to be his most important work. Set in California, the novel is a story of love and jealousy, forgiveness and revenge? and what it means to be human.
Contemporary / British English Roald Dahl is the master of the unexpected. Things are not always what they seem and nobody should be trusted. In this collection of his short stories we learn some strange lessons about the dangerous world we live in. But you will have to wait until the final pages of each story to discover the last, terrible twist!
Contemporary / American English Memoirs of a Geisha is one of the great stories of our time. We follow Sayuri's life: her early years in a small fishing village and as a geisha in Gion. And throughout her struggle, we know of her secret love for the only man who ever showed her any kindness -- a man who seems to be out of her reach.
Contemporary / British English A story by Stephen King the master of horror. Paul Sheldon is Annie Wilkess favourite writer. She loves all his books about Misery Chastain. When Annie finds Paul after a car accident, she takes him home to look after him. The Annie discovers that Paul wants to kill Misery and to write different kinds of book. She is determined to stop him, and Paul becomes her prisoner.
"Three days after one of the fiercest battles of World War II, Captain Miller and his surviving men think that they can relax. But they are wrong! They are sent behind enemy lines to find one man -- Private Ryan -- and bring him safely home. How many will survive the mission?" --P. 4 of cover.
Contemporary / British English'Close your eyes imagine idyllic white sands and coral gardens.'Richard arrives in Thailand. He hears about 'the beach', a secret island. It is paradise on earth. He goes there, but paradise soon turns into hell
At a small-town carnival, two men, each mysteriously summoned by telegram, witness a bizarre killing. The telegrams are signed "Jason Bourne." Only they know Bourne's true identity and understand that the telegrams are really a message from Bourne's mortal enemy, Carlos, known also as the Jackal, the world's deadliest and most elusive terrorist. And furthermore, they know what the Jackal wants: a final confrontation with Bourne. Now David Webb, professor of Oriental studies, husband, and father, must do what he hoped never to do again--assume the terrible identity of Jason Bourne. His plan is simple: to infiltrate the politically and economically omnipotent Medusan group and use himself as bait to lure the cunning Jackal into a deadly trap--a trap from which only one of them will escape.
Contemporary / American English The horror of death row is that you die a little each day. The waiting kills you. Seventy-year-old Sam Cayhall is on Mississippis death row. Sam hates lawyers but his date with the gas chamber is close, and time is running out. Then Adam Hall, a young lawyer arrives. Can he and his secret persuade Sam to accept his help?
Clay Carter has worked in the Office of the Public Defender for years for low pay when he defends another murderer. But things are not what they seem. This is his opportunity to make money and a reputation, as he battles with large pharmaceutical companies. Will he become the King of Torts?
Contemporary / American EnglishNate O'Riley is a powerful Washington lawyer. Returning to work after a long stay in hospital is difficult for Nate. Then he is sent on a journey that takes him from the tense courtrooms of Washington to the dangerous swamps of Brazil. It is a journey that will change his life forever
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