Building on the success of the previous editions, NorthStar, Fourth Edition continues to engage and motivate students with new and updated contemporary topics delivered through a seamless integration of print and online components.
Dr. Frances Boyd, Robin Mills, Laurie Frazier, Helen Solorzano, Jennifer P. Schmidt, Tess Ferree, Kim Sanabria, Sherry Preiss, Dr. Carol Numrich
Listening and Speaking
Level: From Beginner to Advanced
Northstar 1 - Listening and Speaking
Northstar 2 - Listening and Speaking
Northstar 3 - Listening and Speaking
Northstar 4 - Listening and Speaking
Listening and Speaking 5
New - Updated - Online
Blended approach with MyEnglishLab: NorthStar
Online activities offer support and expansion, fully blending the student book with MyEnglishLab for extra practice, ongoing assessment, and instant feedback. This integration enables students to reinforce learning online, allowing for more meaningful, in-depth analysis and communicative work in the classroom.
New and updated content
NorthStar includes highly stimulating and relevant topics to challenge students intellectually and emotionally. With thought-provoking themes ranging from phobias to social media, students will connect to the most current content available. Engaging photos in the unit openers spark discussion and draw students into the topic.
Explicit skills instruction
Inclusion of 2-3 explicit language skills allow students to build their language proficiency. Presentation and practice in each unit raises student awareness of key academic skills. Students sharpen and broaden mastery, build confidence, and improve their communication skills.
New and revised assessment tied to learning outcomes
Online assessments allow teachers to track students progress and mastery of the material and skills. Assessment for learning strategies incorporated into the assessment package will help students improve results.
Access to MyEnglishLab
Teachers can now access a wide range of online content and diagnostic tools to customize learning environments to meet the needs of every student. See how!
Dr. Frances Boyd
Dr Frances Boyd has been at Columbia University teaching language and mentoring teachers for many years. She has developed and taught courses in all levels of academic English, English for Business Purposes, English for International Teaching Fellows, and graduate courses in TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy.
Frances is a frequent presenter and featured conference speaker and has consulted with universities in China, Colombia, Mexico, and Kyrgyzstan to develop international faculty and academic English Language curriculum.
Frances’ professional work has been recognized with the NYU Malkemes Prize for Professional Writing as well as the New York City Citation for Excellence from the Mayor’s Council on Adult Education.
Frances is the author of a number of series, and a series editor for NorthStar.
Robin Mills is a California native and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1987. She has been a professional Sign Language interpreter for the deaf since 1983, nationally certified since 1987. In 1993, she received a Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language from San Francisco State University. Currently, she works as a community freelance interpreter. She most recently has taught ESL to deaf students at City College of San Francisco. She is a competitive swimmer, favoring distance open water swimming, and is also a fused glass artist. Her other hobbies include traveling, gardening, photography and cooking.
Helen Solorzano lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the house where she grew up, with her husband, their two children, and her mother. She has taught English in the U.S. and in Lima, Peru. She enjoys the creativity involved in writing ESL textbooks and finds the process similar to putting together a giant puzzle. For Helen, NorthStar was an especially challenging project because of the fascinating topics involved. Other interests include technical writing for an international audience. She is a director of The TRAC Foundation (www.tracfoundation.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of the TRAC computer programming language, which was developed by her late father.
Jennifer P. Schmidt
For Jennifer Schmidt, teaching English has always been a passion. She thinks it’s because she understands the challenges of being a foreign student, since she was one herself. Although English is her first language, she spent her childhood in Malaysia and Thailand before coming to America for college. She now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two children. Jennifer began writing on the NorthStar series the week after her second child was born. It was challenging, but rewarding! Currently, Jennifer is working as an assistant director of a preschool. It’s a diversion from ESL, but she has found that there are many transferable skills. One of her newest projects at the school will be to help introduce a foreign language enrichment component to the curriculum.
Sherry has been in the field of second language learning since 1976 serving as an administrator, teacher, writer, and teacher trainer, both in the U.S. and overseas. She received her Master of Arts Degree in TESOL/Bilingual Education from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.
For the past several years, Sherry has traveled around the world speaking with teachers about Longman’s multimedia programs, the Longman series NorthStar, True Colors, and Focus on Grammar, plus other issues in the field of ELT.
Dr. Carol Numrich
Dr Carol Numrich has been a member of the full-time faculty at the American Language Program (ALP), Columbia University since 1988. She has led many teaching teams in the ALP’s Intensive Program as a senior lecturer, taught many part-time English courses at the university and traveled internationally to train and consult with language teachers.
From 1993 to 1996, Carol was Visiting Professor at Columbia’s Teachers College, where she directed the MA Program in TESOL and taught graduate courses in pedagogy. She helped to develop and coordinate the International Teaching Assistant Program at Columbia, in which she taught doctoral students in the sciences. She also helped design and taught as part of the summer TESOL Certificate Program. Carol has chaired and helped organize several committees for TESOL as well as co-edited a column from the TESOL Journal.
Carol is the author of a number of series, and a series editor for NorthStar.