4 Point Listening for Academic Purposes

Introduction to EAP

by Folse, Lockwood

ISBN: 978-0-472-12618-0 | Copyright 2019


This multimedia-enhanced edition embeds all the audio and video files for ease of use. 

The 4 Point series is designed for English language learners whose primary goal is to succeed in an academic setting. Academic English learners need skills-based books that focus on reading, listening, and speaking, as well as the two primary language bases of vocabulary and grammar. The ultimate goal is to help your students improve these skills.

The Introduction to English for Academic Purposes (EAP) level is designed for students in academic programs who need a more general introduction to authentic academic content.

Listening for Academic Purposes is an introductory textbook containing English for Academic Purposes content. Each unit includes three authentic listening passages—listening for information in a conversation, listening in groups or pairs, and listening to a lecture--on the same topic within a field of academic study: Architecture, Marketing, Earth Science, U.S. History, Chemistry, and Fine Arts. Each unit also features a video showing students in common college situations.

The focus is on improving the skills of understanding main ideas, comprehending details, understanding classroom discourse, and recognizing signal words and phrases. The goal is to provide students with a variety of strategies/tools to master academic situations in which they need to participate.

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Front (pg. i)
4 Point Overview (pg. v)
Contents (pg. xi)
1 Architecture:Applied Science (pg. 1)
Part 1: Architecture as an Art and a Science (pg. 2)
Getting Started (pg. 2)
Strategy: Getting the Information You Need (pg. 3)
Academic Reading: Architectural Achievements (pg. 5)
Listening 1: Getting the Information You Need (Audio) (pg. 7)
Part 2: Architecture as an Art (pg. 8)
Getting Started (pg. 8)
Strategy: Listening for and Determining the Speaker’s Feelings (pg. 9)
Listening 2: Managing Group Dynamics (Video) (pg. 10)
Information Gap (pg. 12)
Part 3: Architecture as a Science (pg. 15)
Getting Started (pg. 15)
Strategy: Listening for Time Signal Words and Phrases (pg. 16)
Note-Taking Strategy: Using an Abbreviation Log (pg. 18)
Vocabulary Power (pg. 20)
Listening 3: Construction and Structural Engineering (Audio) (pg. 21)
Rapid Vocabulary Review (pg. 23)
Vocabulary Log (pg. 24)
2 Marketing:Product Management (pg. 26)
Part 1: Branding (pg. 27)
Getting Started (pg. 26)
Strategy: Listening for Advice (pg. 27)
Academic Reading: Business Advice (pg. 29)
Listening 1: Listening for Advice (Audio) (pg. 31)
Part 2: Product Differentiation (pg. 32)
Getting Started (pg. 32)
Strategy: Listening for Comparisons (pg. 33)
Listening 2: Comparing (and Contrasting) (Video) (pg. 36)
Part 3: Marketing Mix (pg. 39)
Getting Started (pg. 38)
Strategy: Listening for Continuation Signal Words and Phrases (pg. 40)
Note-Taking Strategy: Using a T-Chart (pg. 42)
Vocabulary Power (pg. 43)
Listening 3: The Marketing Mix (Audio) (pg. 44)
Rapid Vocabulary Review (pg. 46)
Vocabulary Log (pg. 47)
3 Earth Science: Earth's Composition (pg. 49)
Part 1: Global Positioning (pg. 50)
Getting Started (pg. 50)
Strategy: Listening for Interesting Facts (pg. 51)
Academic Reading: Geodesy (pg. 52)
Listening 1: Listening for Interesting Facts (Audio) (pg. 55)
Part 2: Earthquakes (pg. 56)
Getting Started (pg. 56)
Strategy: Listening for Questions to Check for Comprehension (pg. 58)
Listening 2: Making Sure Everyone Understands (Video) (pg. 60)
Information Gap (pg. 63)
Part 3: Types of Rocks (pg. 65)
Getting Started (pg. 65)
Strategy: Listening for Classification or Example Signal Words and Phrases (pg. 66)
Note-Taking Strategy: Using a Classification Chart (pg. 68)
Vocabulary Power (pg. 70)
Listening 3: Types of Rocks (Audio) (pg. 71)
Rapid Vocabulary Review (pg. 73)
Vocabulary Log (pg. 74)
4 U.S. History: Presidents (pg. 76)
Part 1: Abraham Lincoln (pg. 76)
Getting Started (pg. 77)
Strategy: Listening for Guesses or Uncertainty (pg. 78)
Academic Reading: The Gettysburg Address (pg. 80)
Listening 1: Listening for Guesses (Audio) (pg. 81)
Part 2: Richard M. Nixon (pg. 82)
Getting Started (pg. 82)
Strategy: Listening for Arguments (pg. 83)
Listening 2: Discussing an Issue (Video) (pg. 87)
Part 3: John F. Kennedy (pg. 90)
Getting Started (pg. 90)
Strategy: Listening for Cause-and-Effect Signal Words and Phrases (pg. 91)
Note-Taking Strategy: Using an Event Chart (pg. 93)
Vocabulary Power (pg. 94)
Listening 3: John F. Kennedy’s Legacy (Audio) (pg. 95)
Rapid Vocabulary Review (pg. 97)
Vocabulary Log (pg. 98)
5 Chemistry: The Elements (pg. 101)
Part 1: Green Chemistry (pg. 102)
Getting Started (pg. 102)
Strategy: Listening for Opinions (pg. 103)
Academic Reading: Hydrogen (pg. 105)
Listening 1: Listening to an Academic Presentation (Audio) (pg. 107)
Part 2: The Periodic Table of Elements (pg. 109)
Getting Started (pg. 109)
Strategy: Listening for Spatial Signal Words and Phrases (pg. 111)
Listening 2: Describing and Confirming (Video) (pg. 113)
Information Gap (pg. 115)
Part 3: Ocean Acidification (pg. 117)
Getting Started (pg. 117)
Strategy: Listening for Changing-the-Topic Signal Words and Phrases (pg. 118)
Note-Taking Strategy: Using a Spider Chart for Related Topics (pg. 120)
Vocabulary Power (pg. 122)
Listening 3: Ocean Acidification (Audio) (pg. 123)
Rapid Vocabulary Review (pg. 125)
Vocabulary Log (pg. 125)
6 Fine Arts: Art Appreciation (pg. 128)
Part 1: Sculptures (pg. 129)
Getting Started (pg. 129)
Strategy: Listening for General Statements (pg. 130)
Academic Reading: Wax Sculptures (pg. 131)
Listening 1: Listening for Generalizations (Audio) (pg. 134)
Part 2: Painting (pg. 135)
Getting Started (pg. 135)
Strategy: Listening for Additional Reasons (pg. 136)
Listening 2: Discussing Art (Video) (pg. 138)
Part 3: Photography (pg. 141)
Getting Started (pg. 141)
Strategy: Listening for Main Idea Signal Words and Phrases (pg. 142)
Note-Taking Strategy: Using a Main Idea Table (pg. 144)
Vocabulary Power (pg. 145)
Listening 3: Photography (Audio) (pg. 146)
Rapid Vocabulary Review (pg. 148)
Vocabulary Log (pg. 149)
Appendix: EAP Projects (Synthesizing) (pg. 151)