Insights: A Content-based Approach to Academic Preparation, by Donna Brinton, Linda Jensen, Lyn Repath-Martos, Jan Frodesen, and Christine Holten, helps pre-college and college-level ESL students develop the crucial academic skills they need to meet the demands of academic English. By exploring four high-interest academic content areas, students learn to synthesize information from a variety of sources and apply their knowledge in stimulating discussion and writing assignments. Features *Students work with a variety of authentic source materials, including selections from college texts, real college lectures, visual materials, and literary passages. *An integrated skills approach weaves together reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities with context-related grammar and vocabulary exercises. *Videos of real university lectures accustom students to typical North American lecture style and natural language. *A wide variety of academic strategies includes listening for emphasis cues, finding the appropriate definition for a word, using examples with generalizations, and more.
Introduction UNIT 1: INSIGHTS FROM BIOLOGY Introduction: Innate and Learned Animal Behavior Exploring the Concepts Working with Sources READING: "Genetically Determined Behavior" William K. Purves, Gordon H. Orians, and H. Craig Heller GRAMMAR: Timeless Conditionals VIDEOTAPED LECTURE: Learned versus Innate Behavior in Australian Birds Vocabulary: Key Terms Academic Strategy: Finding and Noting Important Ideas from Examples in Lectures Grammar: Expressing Possession and Relation in Of-phrases LITERATURE: "Star" Mark Owens and Delia Owens Vocabulary: Guessing Meaning through Context Integrating Perspectives Exploration: Proximate and Ultimate Causes of Animal Behavior Exploring the Concepts Working with Sources VIDEOTAPED LECTURE 1: Sexual Receptivity in Lions Academic Strategy: Recognizing Signals of Key Information in Lectures Vocabulary: Informal versus Formal Language LITERATURE: "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek" Annie Dillard Grammar: Complete versus Reduced Relative Clauses VIDOTAPED LECTURE 2: Female Lion Pregnancy and Birth Rate READING: "Why Male Ground Squirrels Disperse" Kay E. Holekamp and Paul W. Sherman Grammar: Passives in Explanations Vocabulary: Abstract Nouns with Prepositions Integrating Perspectives Expansion: The Costs and Benefits of Adaptive Behavior Exploring the Concepts Academic Strategy: Using a Thesaurus Working with Sources READING: "Behavioral Ecology: William K. Purves, Gordon H. Orians, and H. Craig Heller Grammar: Complex Structures as Sentence Subjects VIDEOTAPED LECTURE: Lion Infanticide - Costly or Beneficial? LITERATURE: "Altruism: Lewis Thomas Vocabulary: Shades of Meaning Grammar: -ing Participial Phrases with by Integrating Perspectives LITERATURE: "Lions with No Pride" Mark Owens and Delia Owens Academic Strategy: Developing Ideas for an Analytical Essay UNIT 2: INSIGHTS FROM SOCIOLOGY Introduction: The Rules of Civil Inattention Exploring the Concepts Vocabulary: Describing Contacts with People Working with Sources READING: "Civil Inattention" Erving Goffman Grammar: Introducing Explanations with It Constructions VIDEOTAPED LECTURE: The Relational Wedge Vocabulary: Key Terms Academic Strategy: Asking Clarification Questions in a Lecture or Discussion Section Integrating Perspectives Exploration: Bystander Apathy Exploring the Concepts Vocabulary: Colloquial Language Working with Sources VIDEOTAPED LECTURE: Trouble in Public Aid Situations READING: "Bystander 'Apathy'" Bibb Latane and John M. Darley Academic Strategy: Paraphrasing Vocabulary: Describing Emotions and Reactions Grammar: Using Modal Verbs to Describe Possibility in the Past Integrating Perspectives Expansion: To Intervene or Not to Intervene? Exploring the Concepts Working with Sources READING 1: "A Doctor's Dilemma" James N. Dillard Grammar: Adverbials Expressing Concession VIDEOTAPED LECTURE: Intervention in Child Punishment Academic Strategy: Reading a Research Report READING 2: "Stranger Intervention into Child Punishment in Public Places: Phillip W. Davis Vocabulary: Expressing Tendencies Integrating Perspectives LITERATURE: "Wilshire Bus" Hisaye Yamamoto Academic Strategy: Taking Readers' Knowledge into Account UNIT 3: INSIGHTS FROM POLITICAL SCIENCE Introduction: Power and Influence in World Politics Exploring the Concepts Vocabulary: Key Terms Working with Sources LITERATURE: "Preface to Sherman's March" Cynthia Bass Grammar: Repetition of Structures Vocabulary: Collocations VIDEOTAPED LECTURE: Power and Influence in International Relations READING: "Soft Power" Joseph S. Nye, Jr. Academic Strategy: Finding Central Propositions in an Academic Text Grammar: General versus Specific Article Use Integrating Perspectives Exploration: Deterrence in World Politics Exploring the Concepts Working with Sources VIDEOTAPED LECTURE 1: Deterrence in International Relations Vocabulary: Key Vocabulary Academic Strategy: Double-Entry Lecture Notes READING 1: "Deterrence" Steven L. Spiegel Grammar: Complements with to + Verb and Verb + -ing VIDEOTAPED LECTURE 2: The Two Components of Credible Deterrence READING 2: "Temptations of a Superpower" Ronald Steel Academic Strategy: Recognizing Point-Counterpoint Text Organization Integrating Perspectives Expansion: Individual Leadership in World Politics Exploring the Concepts Vocabulary: Describing Leadership Qualities Working with Sources READING 1: "A Cognitive Approach to Leadership" Howard Gardner Academic Strategy: Recognizing Classification Grammar: Punctuation Vocabulary: Using Expressive Verbs READING 2: "The Individual Level of Analysis" Steven L. Spiegel Vocabulary: Expressions with Verb + Noun + Preposition Grammar: Coordinating with Parallel Structures VIDEOTAPED LECTURE: Factors Governing Individual Leadership Integrating Perspectives LITERATURE: "The Owl Who Was God" James Thurber Academic Strategy: Analyzing a Topic By Examining Contributing Factors UNIT 4: INSIGHTS FROM ASTRONOMY Introduction: Are We Alone? Exploring the Concepts Working with Sources READING: "Are UFOs for Real?" Barry E. Zimmerman and David J. Zimmerman Grammar: Integrating Partial Quotations into a Sentence Vocabulary: Key Terms LITERATURE: "Sky Beings and the Gathering of Eagles" Brad Steiger and Sherry Hanson-Steiger Vocabulary: Word Families VIDEOTAPED LECTURE: A Personal Experience with UFOs Integrating Perspectives Academic Strategy: Timed Writing Exploration: Evaluating UFO Sightings Exploring the Concepts Working with Sources Academic Strategy: Comparing Existing Knowledge to New Information in Texts READING 1: "The Scientific View of the Universe" Donald Goldsmith and Tobias Owen Grammar: References Using This VIDEOTAPED LECTURE: UFO Sightings Vocabulary: Expressing Negation with Prefixes READING 2: "An Explanation for the Absence of Extraterrestrials on Earth" Michael Hart Grammar: Adjective Clauses Integrating Perspectives Academic Strategy: Critical Reading: Evaluating a Claim Grammar: Unreal Conditionals Expansion: Our Fascination with Extraterrestrial Life Exploring the Concepts Working with Sources VIDEOTAPED LECTURE: Why Are We Fascinated by UFOs? READING: "Cosmic Loneliness" Donald Goldsmith and Tobias Owen Vocabulary: Concept Words Grammar: Verb Tense Shift Integrating Perspectives LITERATURE: "R.S.V.P. - A Story" Robert Nozick Academic Strategy: Argument by Evaluation Insights 2 Skills-at-a-Glance
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