"A very important awareness-raising package for all who use it - including teachers and professors." "A must for every university and academic institution where overseas students are studying for a degree." "Exceptionally clear, motivating and highly relevant to student achievement." "The glossaries are particularly helpful as are the many references to websites which develop ideas mentioned in the text." Duke of Edinburgh ESU English Language Award judges "The most up-to-date and student-friendly collection of skills-based workbooks." Dr Monika Foster, Napier University "Equips students with skills which are necessary and transferable to work contexts." IATEFL Voices Newsletter "It's fantastic." Barbara Betinelli, Milan State University, Italy "Very useful in helping to promote learner autonomy, critical reflection and intercultural competence." Cynthia Sikorski, University of Lausanne, Switzerland "This series comprises 12 slim booklets which can be used in any combination. Potentially, a school could use them as part of their programme to give senior students tools for their next academic step. However, they are designed to be used in a university preparatory year. Whatever the context, they would equip students with skills which are necessary to actualise their academic potential and are transferable to work contexts. Garnet lists the book as 'English for Academic and Specific Purposes', suggesting that they are accessible to both first and second English language speakers. TASK (Transferable Academic Skills Kit), created by members of the International Foundation Programme at the University of Reading, is intended to address the varied needs of British and international students studying a range of academic disciplines. For more details, see http://www.garneteducation.com. Looking at Scientific Writing was interesting, as my personal knowledge is slight. Working through this book, my confidence in approaching the task was high. With Presentations there is the assumption that the student will have seen lots of different presentations and have some tools with which to judge their quality. The remainder of the booklet makes valuable points. It would be nice to see some advice against the overwhelming use of PowerPoint presentations. Introduction to IT Skills gives a useful introduction to Microsoft Word and the Excel spreadsheet package. It covers some basic tasks which are likely to be helpful and, at the very least, establishes a satisfactory baseline of skills. In Module 4, Team-Working, a number of specific tasks clarify team work in various contexts. The exercises examine the strengths and needs of the learner - a useful module as a stand-alone. One of the benefits is that the series can be followed as a complete course or individual modules can be selected to address specific needs. In each module there are extension exercises as well as a glossary of terms. Each module is packed with ideas, exercises and content that will assist students. These booklets have great potential and would be best used to support a taught course, facilitated by someone with reasonable knowledge and able to offer some guidance, support and encouragement." Richard Messenger, Advisory Teacher, Qatar Education Reform Project for iatefl Voices, Issue 201, Ma Transferable Academic Skills Kit - 12 essential steps to academic success. A. Manning, L. Norris, C. Nukui, F.McGarry, E. Wilding, A. O'Cain, A. Fava-Verde, J. Brooks, F. Russell, P. Harvey, P. Griffiths and R. De Witt. (2007) Garnet Education, University of Reading. ISBN 978185964927-5, pp between 26 and 42 (depending on the booklet). This is a very interesting publication created by members of the academic staff of the International Foundation Programme at the University of Reading. The aim of the material is to meet the educational needs of international students who come to study in the UK. The material consists of 12 booklets devoted to various subjects: Key Foundation Skills, Academic Culture, Seminars and Tutorials, Team Working, Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Introduction to IT Skills, Essay Writing, Scientific Writing, Research and Referencing, Presentations, Examination Technique. The materials can be followed as a complete course or, alternatively, individual modules. There is no focus on one concrete academic area or discipline; the topics come from different fields and therefore are ideal for a foundation course at university or a CLIL course in secondary education preparing for subsequent university courses in English. The level of English is not very high, B1/B2, so it may not be suitable for pupils or students whose level of English is higher and who are more sophisticated. Humanising Language Teaching, Year 13, Issue 5, October 2011Reseña del editor:
Transferable Academic Skills Kit: Teacher's Book The Garnet Education Transferable Academic Skill Kit was short-listed for the Duke of Edinburgh English Speaking Union English Language Book Award in 2008. TASK is a flexible learning resource that has been carefully designed to develop the key transferable skills that promote students' success in university and college study. Whether you are a student or a teacher, the TASK series provides a tried and tested teaching and learning tool suitable for a broad range of academic disciplines. A series of supported exercises relates theory to practice and provides students with the tools to develop a framework of skills that can then be used in a wide range of contexts both inside and outside the academic world. TASK can be followed as a complete course or individual modules can be selected to address specific needs. Created by members of the academic staff of the International Foundation Programme at the University of Reading, TASK forms a part of the university's skills provision for home and international students at all levels. Key Features The Transferable Academic Skills Kit (TASK) is an innovative learning resource for academic study skills. The modular nature of the course enables teachers to construct either a full foundation programme or select individual modules according to their students' needs. The Transferable Academic Skills Kit (TASK) develops key transferable skills that promote students' success in university and college study. Transferable: Carefully designed to link learning with outcome. Skills transferable to: * all faculties * the professional world * an international audience Flexible: Takes into account the wide-ranging needs of institutions around the world. * Modular design: available as a boxed set containing all 12 modules or as individual modules * Can be used as a taught course or for self-study Motivating: Designed with student motivation in mind. * Scaffolded activities for maximum student involvement * Attractive and stimulating design * Clear outcomes * Web links for further study The 12 modules are also available for purchase separately: Module 1: Key Foundation Skills Module 2: Academic Culture Module 3: Seminars and Tutorials Module 4: Team-Working Module 5: Problem-Solving Module 6: Critical Thinking Module 7: Introduction to IT Skills Module 8: Essay Writing Module 9: Scientific Writing Module 10: Research and Referencing Module 11: Presentations Module 12: Examination Technique
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