Real Talk helps students break away from structured classroom English and enter the world of authentic English. Each of the book?s thematic chapters has four parts: In Person, On the Phone, On the Air, and In Class. The listening segments expose students to spontaneous face-toface conversations, phone conversations and pre-recorded messages, radio broadcasts, and academic lectures.
- Real language allows students to experience natural functions such as laughter, hesitation, interruption, and interjection.
- Vocabulary exercises prepare students to understand discussion of specific topics.
- Listening strategies give students tools for personal and academic success.
- Note-taking and outlining practice prepare students for college lectures.
- Speaking activities such as role plays, presentations, and debates reinforce the use of authentic English. All these features address the new emphasis on listening and speaking skills in current standardized tests, including the TOEFL? test: iBT.