LEAP features a cross-curricular approach to teaching students the vocabulary and skills they need to thrive in a real-life academic context, while helping them apply critical thinking to a variety of global issues. This four-level program - LEAP 1 (High Beginner: CEFR Level A1+-B1), LEAP 2 (Intermediate - CEFR Level B1), LEAP 3 (High Intermediate - CEFR Level B2) and LEAP 4 (Advanced - CEFR Level C1) - delivers a flexible, discrete skills approach that uses high-interest international content to prepare students for the academic world.

Authors: Dr. Ken Beatty, Julia Williams
Subject: EAP
Level: From High-beginner to Advanced
Go to: LEAP 1 LEAP 2 LEAP 3 LEAP 4
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Learning the skills necessary to thrive in an academic world

Each LEAP chapter is built around a Warm-Up and Final Assignment that help students progress towards greater autonomy. Challenging texts, listenings, videos, and tasks engage students to reflect using critical thinking strategies. The series focuses on general language skills while emphasizing vocabulary development.

The series includes:

  • interesting and thought-provoking themes and texts, connected to various disciplines, that prepare students for study in English in Canada or internationally
  • tasks throughout the books which elicit critical thinking from students to help them develop as independent learners
  • key words and vocabulary from the Academic Word List (and Longman 3000 at Level 1), which are highlighted in two (or three) Vocabulary Build sections in every chapter, giving students systematic opportunities to expand their vocabulary
  • My eLab that gives students extra practice and self-testing opportunities

LEAP gives students the academic skills and strategies to thrive in English in the academic world!

Dr. Ken Beatty

Dr. Ken Beatty, TESOL Professor at Anaheim University, has worked in schools and universities in Canada, Asia and the Middle East and lectured widely on language teaching and learning from the primary through university levels. He is author of 130+ textbooks, including six books in the Learning English for Academic Purposes (LEAP) series. He has led more than 300 teacher-training sessions in 31 countries and given more than 100 conference presentations.

Julia Williams

Julia Williams has been delivering EAP instruction for the last twenty years. She has taught at universities, colleges and secondary schools in Ontario and is currently working at the English Language Institute, Renison University College at the University of Waterloo. She is the author of the first edition of LEAP (2005), of the high-intermediate-level LEAP: Reading and Writing (2012) and of books 3 and 4 in the Academic Connections series, all published by Pearson.

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