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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: Intermediate; Level 2: High Intermediate) 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 OBrien, and William Saroyan. (Book 2) James Joyce, Louise Erdrich, Woody Allen, and Alan Paton.
  • 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.
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