Contemporary Topics 3: Academic Listening and Note-Taking Skills, 3rd Edition

9780131358102: Contemporary Topics 3: Academic Listening and Note-Taking Skills, 3rd Edition

The Contemporary Topics Audio CDs provide the audio of all lectures and listening exercises. This interactive listening-speaking series prepares students for the challenges of college lectures with a wide range of listening, speaking, and note-taking strategies and skills. The lectures are drawn from a range of academic disciplines and reflect authentic lecture settings, featuring engaging instructors and live student audiences.

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Could we colonize Mars if we wanted to? Has surveillance reached "Big Brother" proportions? What are some of the latest theories for slowing aging?


You’ll find the answers to these and other questions in Contemporary Topics 3 (Series Editor: Michael Rost), which features college lectures from several academic disciplines, including astronomy, political science, and biology. Contemporary Topics 3 prepares students for the challenge of college lectures with practice in a wide range of listening, speaking and note-taking skills and strategies. The lectures (available on the separate Audio CDs and DVD) were filmed in realistic academic setting before line student audiences.


The Classroom DVD (ISBN 9780131358102) and the Audio CDs (ISBN 9780136005162) are available separately.


DVD Features

  • Realistic college lectures from a range of academic disciplines (also on audio CDs)
  • Student discussions of the lectures (also on audio CDs)
  • Instructors’ Presentation Points
  • Coaching Tips that guide students as they take notes
  • Subtitles for lectures and student discussions

 Course Features

  • Corpus-based vocabulary drawn from the Academic Word List
  • Practical listening and note-taking strategies
  • Note-review practice that allows students to analyze their note-taking skills and consolidate their understanding of the lecture
  • Academic research and speaking tasks: presentation, discussions, and role plays
  • A Teacher’s Pack for busy instructors with:
    • Suggested bonus activities
    • Teaching notes
    • Answer keys
    • Audioscripts
    • Simulated TOEFL®  Listening Test for each unit

See also:

Contemporary Topics Introductory (High Beginner)

Contemporary Topics 1 (Intermediate)

Contemporary Topics 2 (High Intermediate)

About the Author:

Neil Murray is Senior Lecturer and Programme Director at the School of International Studies, the University of South Australia. He has taught academic English and applied linguistics at undergraduate and postgraduate level for twenty-five years and has published in both areas.

Geraldine Hughes is Lecturer in Academic English and Study Skills at King's College London, where she was formerly Director of the international foundation programme for over a decade. She has also taught academic English and communication skills at undergraduate and postgraduate level for thirty years.

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David Beglar; Neil Murray
Published by Pearson (2009)
ISBN 10: 0131358103 ISBN 13: 9780131358102
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