Focus on Writing is a five-level series that progresses with students as they grow in confidence and ability - from sentence level (Book 1) through paragraphs (Books1-3) and essays (Books 3-5).
Natasha Haugnes, Helen Solorzano, David Wiese, Colin Ward, John Beaumont, Laura Walsh
Anglais langue seconde, Writing
Level: From Beginner to Advanced
Focus on Writing 1
Focus on Writing 2
Focus on Writing 3
Focus on Writing 4
Focus on Writing 5
Essential skills for academic writing!
Each unit leads writers step-by-step through the process of prewriting, writing a first draft, revising, and editing before producing a final draft.
- focus on common organizational structures such as narrative, description, opinion, persuasion, compare-contrast, problem-solution and cause-effect
- grammar-presentation and practice opportunities that are correlated to those in Focus on Writing and that clarify the connections between grammar and writing
- lessons and exercises that teach students how to use word forms, collocations, idioms, compounds, descriptive details, phrasal verbs and other aspects of vocabulary in their writing
- revision and editing checklists for each writing assignment, to help students rewrite and polish their first drafts
- ProofWriter™, an online writing-assessment tool from ETS, which provides students with immediate, individualized feedback on grammar, usage, style and mechanics
Natasha Haugnes launched her ESL career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco in the late 1980s. She subsequently trained ESL teachers for the Peace Corps in various West African countries while completing graduate school in San Francisco. Natasha currently lives in Oakland, California. For the past ten years, she has worked as an ESL teacher and, more recently, as an academic coach and teacher trainer at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
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.