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Now in a new edition, the four-level Reading Power series continues to focus on a unique process methodology — encouraging students to develop a strategic approach and begin to view reading in English as a problem-solving activity rather than a translation exercise.

Reading Power delivers on that effective process approach with strategies and practice for strengthening comprehension skills, building vocabulary, increasing reading speed, and preparing for testing.

With expanded emphasis on vocabulary acquisition and learning strategies, and updated Extensive Reading sections, these new editions help beginning and intermediate-level students develop the multiple skills and strategies necessary
for success.

“While most books focus on content, Reading Power directs students’ attention to their own reading processes. The aim is for students to develop a strategic approach to reading so that they learn to view reading in English as a problem-solving activity rather than a translation exercise.”
— Beatrice S. Mikulecky and Linda Jeffries

At each level, students focus on four skill areas:

  • Extensive Reading (Reading for Pleasure) lets students select their own reading materials to practice new strategies, build fluency, increase comprehension, and broaden their vocabulary.
  • Vocabulary Building trains students in a variety of strategies for learning new words, from personalized vocabulary lists to noticing collocations.
  • Reading Comprehension covers skimming, scanning, recognizing topics and main ideas, understanding sentences, and making inferences. Critical Thinking Skills (upper levels) involves targeted practice in inferential and analytical skills.
  • Reading Faster helps students develop speed and flexibility   in reading with high-interest, short fiction and nonfiction selections.

A separate Teacher’s Guide for each level contains an answer key, suggestions for using Reading Power in the classroom, and a sample syllabus.

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