This book is intended for upper-intermediate learners who are preparing for academic studies. It is geared toward learners with proficiency levels of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 6 or 7 in reading and writing. The focus of the book is on reading, writing, critical thinking, and vocabulary development.
Each of the 10 chapters is organized around a theme that is current and of high interest. Students approach the readings in a variety of ways, including skimming, examining illustrations, and making predictions. Throughout, students are challenged to connect and compare information from different readings through discussion and by completing guided writing tasks. In addition, students are introduced to academic vocabulary which is reinforced throughout.
Creating Meaning is intended to be used by students who are either learning English in a Canadian context or are interested in learning more about Canada.
Kathy Block has worked with students learning English as an additional language since 1990. She has taught numerous courses, particularly with a focus on reading and writing, and developed a variety of programs for English language learners preparing for university. Currently, she coordinates a writing program for university students. Her interest in working with students to develop reading, writing, and other academic skills lies at the heart of Creating Meaning: Advanced Reading and Writing and Creating Meaning: High Intermediate Reading and Writing.
Hannah Friesen has extensive experience teaching English as an additional language, in Canada and abroad. She has taught students from beginner to advanced levels, although her experience is focused particularly on English for Academic Purposes. Her experience has provided her with knowledge regarding the needs of students and teachers in an academic environment. This knowledge is reflected in her textbooks, Creating Meaning: Advanced Reading and Writing and Creating Meaning: High Intermediate Reading and Writing.