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This academic listening and speaking series uses original National Public Radio® broadcasts to provide a context for listening comprehension and discussion. As students develop listening strategies and critical thinking skills, they also learn to integrate grammar and vocabulary activities into their
everyday speech and writing.

Each book incorporates 12 authentic radio interviews on thought-provoking topics such as philanthropy, the impact of the Internet, immigration, and alternative energy.

Each book in the series:

  • Develops listening strategies, including predicting, understanding main ideas, and note-taking.
  • Fosters critical thinking skills through activities including discussion, debate, and writing assignments.
  • Integrates language and concepts through sophisticated grammar and vocabulary activities.
  • Features an audio program and separate answer key with complete audio scripts.

A new third edition of Raise the Issues incorporates authentic articles from publications such as the New York Times and the Atlantic Monthly with NPR® broadcasts to integrate all four skills, while encouraging advanced students to think critically about American attitudes and values.

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