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A four-level, paired skills course that teaches students in higher education the essential skills for academic success.

Now with Oxford Online Skills Program to improve reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Strands available:
Reading, Writing, and Study Skills
Listening, Speaking, and Study Skills

Headway Academic Skills can be used independently or alongside a general English course book such as New Headway or New Headway Plus. The course focuses on developing the specific skills required for academic studies and exploring strategies for success in academic learning. It also offers guidance in key study areas and provides plenty of practice to encourage learner independence.

  • Student’s Book with Online Skills
  • Student’s Book
  • Teacher's Guide with Tests CD-ROM
  • Class Audio CDs
  • e-Book

Key features

  • Clear aims from the outset
  • Relevant and interesting topics
  • Full colour throughout for motivation
  • Colour coding for easy use
  • Study skills boxes outlining targets
  • Tests in pdf and word format for easy adaptation
  • Oxford Online Skills Program offers targeted and motivating practice
  • NEW e-books with interactive features designed for language learning

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Headway Academic Skills can be used independently, or alongside a general English coursebook such as New Headway or New Headway Plus.

Designed for students moving on to academic studies or for those on a foundation programme, the series focuses on improving students' academic skills by:
  • Developing the specific skills required for academic studies through a wide range of topics relevant to higher education.
  • Exploring strategies to help students with new vocabulary, and to record, vary, and build their vocabulary.
  • Offering guidance in undertaking research, and in acknowledging sources.
  • Providing plenty of guided practice as well as freer practice to encourage learner independence in both pdf and word format for adapting to individual class needs.
Teacher's Guides are available at each level, with lesson notes, background information, answer keys to the Student Book activities, and photocopiable extension activities.

The accompanying CD-ROM provides a range of tests. Class audio CDs are provided for the Listening, Speaking, and Study Skills titles.

The new Oxford Online Skills Program offers students targeted and motivating practice to improve the relevant language skills in each strand (Reading and Writing, Listening and Speaking). Teachers can also use our online Learning Management System to easily manage and measure student progress.

Self-study

For self-study or homework, students can download the audio for the Review pages of each Listening, Speaking, and Study Skills unit.

www.oup.com/elt/headway/audio

Online Skills

Oxford Online Skills Program Academic provides support and development of the relevant language skills for each strand (Reading and Writing, Listening and Speaking), providing effective practice framed within common and accessible themes and topics, mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  • Step-by-step learning structure – Each learning module follows an Engage-Explore-Task-Reflect activity sequence to ensure that students practice and learn effectively on their own.
  • Student support –Background Information, Cultural Glossary and Useful Language tabs provide ongoing support. Can do statements, space for making notes, and instant marking encourage autonomous learning and help students’ track their progress.
  • Academic skills – Activities develop skills important for achieving academic success such as research and analytical skills.
  • Aligned to the CEFR - Give your students practice at the level that's right for them, with self-check Can-do' statements at the end of each module.
  • Media-rich - Motivate your students with compelling visual content including videos, interactive info-graphics and striking photography on culturally diverse topics.
  • Flexible - Reorder content and decide how and when you want to assign homework: ideal for differentiated learning.
  • Adaptable - Create your own new content to meet the needs of your students, including your own speaking and writing tasks, tests, and discussions and live chat, and uploading videos, audio, or PowerPoint presentations.
  • Measurable - Monitor your students' progress with a wide range of management tools.
The access code for Online Skills is in the Student's Book. For more information on which Online Skills Bundles correspond with Headway Academic Skills and how to access them, take a look at our teacher guidelines.

e-Books

Headway Academic Skills is now available as an e-book, with interactive features designed specifically for language learners. Available for iPad and tablets for Android via the Oxford Learner’s Bookshelf app.

Oxford University Press ELT on the App Store Oxford University Press ELT on Google Play

Listening and Speaking

Features to look out for:

  • Improve pronunciation: Repeat audio, record yourself, and compare to original.
  • Improve listening: Slow down audio to hear each word clearly.
  • Automatically marked, interactive activities.
  • Personalise your e-book: Save written or spoken notes anywhere on the page. Use the pen tool to draw and highlight.
  • Easy to get around: Bookmarks, jump to page, thumbnail sorter.

Available for Introductory level, level 2 and level 3. For the level 1 e-book, please see Headway Academic Skills IELTS Edition.

Reading and Writing

Features to look out for:

  • Automatically marked, interactive activities.
  • Personalise your e-book: Save written or spoken notes anywhere on the page. Use the pen tool to draw and highlight.
  • Easy to get around: Bookmarks, jump to page, thumbnail sorter.

Available for Introductory level, level 2 and level 3. For the level 1 e-book, please see Headway Academic Skills IELTS Edition.

Headway Academic Skills includes:

Headway Academic Skills includes: