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Paperback 168 pp.
Approximately 100 colour photos and illustrations, 8.5" x 11"



Publication date:
March 2011

Imprint: OUP Canada

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An Integrated Upper Intermediate English Program

Gloria McPherson-Ramirez and Marina Engelking

Breakthroughs is an upper intermediate ESL text for adult and young adult learners; it focuses on teaching critical thinking skills and the expression of critical thought using adult-appropriate concepts. Theme-based units help to teach students advanced reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

The body of the text includes ten units. Each unit incorporates vocabulary, reading, grammar, writing, and listening exercises. Students are presented with a rich variety of content and activities to help them develop their English language skills within an engaging context. Upon completion of this four-skills program, students will be prepared to move on to the advanced level of Breakthroughs.

Readership : Upper Intermediate English text for adult and young adult ESL learners.

Unit 1: Hero to the Rescue
Unit 2: Ancient Secrets Revealed
Unit 3: O Canada, Je t'aime
Unit 4: Stay Tuned!
Unit 5: Buyer Beware!
Unit 6: Catch Me if You Can
Unit 7: Doing the Right Thing
Unit 8: Love Is in the Air
Unit 9: Get Those Creative Juices Flowing!
Unit 10: That's So Canadian

Teacher's Resource: Breakthroughs Upper Intermediate Companion Site

As coordinators and instructors of English language programs at Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario, Gloria McPherson-Ramirez and Marina Engelking have had extensive experience in teaching, administration, and curriculum design. Together, they wrote Breakthroughs Advanced in 2008.

Breakthroughs: Workbook - Gloria McPherson-Ramirez and Marina Engelking
Breakthroughs: Audio CD - Gloria McPherson-Ramirez and Marina Engelking

Special Features

  • Current, relevant unit themes that cover all four skills - reading, writing, speaking, and listening
  • Authentic, content-rich readings
  • Varied listening exercises
  • Practice in functional and academic writing
  • Lively, engaging speaking activities