Contemporary Topics

An interactive listening and speaking series, Contemporary Topics prepares students for the challenges of college lectures with a wide range of listening, speaking, and note-taking strategies and skills development. Lectures are drawn from a range of academic disciplines and reflect authentic lecture settings, engaging instructors, and live student audiences.

Sous la direction de: Michael Rost
Auteurs: Jeanette Clement, Cynthia Lennox, Helen Solorzano, Laurie Frazier, Ellen Kisslinger, David Beglar, Neil Murray
Discipline: EAP, Listening and Speaking
Niveau: From High-beginner to Advanced
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Make academic lectures accessible to students by developing their listening and note-taking skills

The new, fourth edition of Contemporary Topics expands on its highly respected approach to developing academic listening and study skills. Organized around realistic college lectures, the text guides learners through carefully sequenced activities in skills such as note-taking, focusing attention, intensive listening, and vocabulary building. It also helps students evaluate their interests and explore possible career paths.


  • Active listening tasks and explicit note-taking strategies help students take control of how they listen to lectures.
  • ​Corpus vocabulary from the Academic Word List ensures that students are exposed to the core vocabulary needed for academic success.
  • Teacher's Pack provides photocopiable quizzes and tests, additional vocabulary practice, teaching notes, answer keys, audio scripts, and simulated TOEFL listening tests for each unit.

New to This Edition

  • New subject areas, presented as one-on-one academic lectures, emphasize professional applications such as software engineering, multimedia design, information technology, urban planning, and social psychology.
  • ​Learning Outcomes listed at the outset of each unit let students know the goals of each unit and what their learning experience will be.
  • New audio interviews with topic experts provide context for the upcoming unit lecture. 
  • Bottom-up listening and pronunciation exercises emphasize important principles and improve realtime perception.
  • An oral presentation activity, supported by specific preparation and delivery strategies, concludes each unit and includes the opportunity for peer evaluation.
  • Proficiency assessments composed of short academic audio lectures and multiple-choice exams simulate TOEFL-style test format for practice on high-stakes tests.
  • New Essential Online Resources include audio, video, and teacher materials (assessments, teaching notes, answer keys, audioscripts, presentation points, and more).
Jeanette Clement
Cynthia Lennox
Helen Solorzano

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 (, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of the TRAC computer programming language, which was developed by her late father.

Laurie Frazier
Ellen Kisslinger
David Beglar
Neil Murray
Titres ISBN Version
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Contemporary Topics Intro - Student Book 9780132075176 X 56,95 $
Contemporary Topics Intro - Student Book with Audio CD 9780132469432 X 62,95 $
Contemporary Topics Intro - Audio CDs 9780132075190 75,95 $
Contemporary Topics Intro - DVD 9780132075183 105,95 $
Titres ISBN Version
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Contemporary Topics 1, 4th Ed. | Student Book 9780134400648 X 57,95 $
Contemporary Topics 1, 4th Ed. | Teacher's Pack 9780133855708 X 24,95 $
Contemporary Topics 1 - Audio CDs 9780132424295 75,95 $
Contemporary Topics 1, 4th ed. | eText + Essential Online Resources 9780136916550 12 mois 51,95 $ Acheter
Titres ISBN Version
Prix de détail Acheter en ligne
Contemporary Topics 2, 4th Ed. | Student Book 9780134400808 X 57,95 $
Contemporary Topics 2, 4th Ed. | Teacher's Pack 9780133855876 X 24,95 $
Contemporary Topics 2 - Audio CDs 9780136005148 80,95 $
Contemporary Topics 2 - DVD 9780131358096 107,95 $
Contemporary Topics 2, 4th ed. | eText + Essential Online Resources 9780136916697 12 mois 51,95 $ Acheter
Titres ISBN Version
Prix de détail Acheter en ligne
Contemporary Topics 3, 4th Ed. | Student Book 9780134400792 X 57,95 $
Contemporary Topics 3, 4th Ed. | Teacher's Pack 9780133855852 X 24,95 $
Contemporary Topics 3 - Audio CDs 9780136005162 80,95 $
Contemporary Topics 3 - DVD 9780131358102 107,95 $
Contemporary Topics 3, 4th ed. | eText + Essential Online Resources 9780136914167 12 mois 51,95 $ Acheter

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