Preface: Access to International English (new edition)
Welcome to the revised edition of Access to International English, a textbook designed to meet the goals specified for the five-hour English course in international English (Internasjonal engelsk – programfag i studiespesialiserende utdanningsprogram).
Although the basic structure of this textbook remains a division into six chapters corresponding to the goals set out for the course, the content and order of these chapters have been significantly changed, reflecting feedback we have gotten from teachers and students.
Perhaps the most significant revision in this edition is the inclusion of a Writing Course and a Language Course found as separate units at the end of the six chapters. Although each of these units may be read separately, together they represent a systematic approach to mastering the skills of composition, style, genre and some of the more challenging aspects of English grammar. Students are directed to these units in many of the tasks found throughout the book.
Over the last decade the use of computers and the internet has become an integrated part of the classroom in upper secondary schools. Access to International English makes full use of this resource through its extensive and free website at access.cappelendamm.no. Included there are interactive tasks, updated articles, links for in-depth assignments found in “Digging Deeper” (a new addition to the textbook), movie and novel analysis and tasks – and much more. The website also contains Teacher’s Resources, including a suggested year plan, keys to tasks and PowerPoint presentations of core texts, among other things.
Access to International English is first and foremost a textbook for the instruction of English, but it is also meant to be a portal to the international connections and opportunities English provides. We hope you will find this revised edition both enjoyable and rewarding to use.