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Each unit begins with a chapter of fiction about a teacher and students in one ESL class. Reading comprehension and reading skills exercises follow. Prefix and suffix vocabulary-focus exercises are included. Academic Word List vocabulary exercises help students build a strong foundation in both receptive and productive knowledge. The following chapters in each unit expand on unit themes through non-fiction articles focusing on academic preparation, international experiences, and cultural adjustment. Vocabulary is repeated and comprehension and reading skills are further practiced.

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Portland State University Library


English language -- Study and teaching as a second language, English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers


© 2018 Amber Bliss Calderón

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This open textbook was originally published 2016

Unit 1 was revised in May 2016 and Unit 2 was added in May 2016.

Publication of this book was made possible by Portland State University Library PDXOpen Publishing Initiative Grant program. Published by Portland State University Library

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PDX Journeys: Studying and Living in the US, Low-Intermediate Novel and Textbook for University ESL Students