Developing essential skills for academic success

Skillful is a brand new five-level course taking students from foundation to advanced. Each level includes both a Listening & Speaking and Reading & Writing coursebook that complement each other through parallel topics and features. Skillful not only provides the tools for academic success but creates an interactive learning environment, which encourages student debate.

Every student needs top class reading, writing, listening and speaking skills to succeed at an academic level. Skillful focuses on each of these skills to give presentation, instant practice and complete immersion in that language skill. It offers students the opportunity to develop language skills by presenting them with ideas from today's world, while building critical thinking skills that are essential for academic success.

To see how Skillful can be used to prepare students for the Trinity ISE exam, and download mapping documents, please visit our exams section.

Please click the links below to download the Skillful CEFR mapping documents:

Listening & Speaking Foundation CEFR mapping
Listening & Speaking Level 1 CEFR mapping
Listening & Speaking Level 2 CEFR mapping
Listening & Speaking Level 3 CEFR mapping
Listening & Speaking Level 4 CEFR mapping

Reading & Writing Foundation CEFR mapping
Reading & Writing Level 1 CEFR mapping
Reading & Writing Level 2 CEFR mapping
Reading & Writing Level 3 CEFR mapping
Reading & Writing Level 4 CEFR mapping


Dorothy Zemach and David Bohlke and Lida Baker and Steve Gershon and Robyn Brinks Lockwood and Louis Rogers and Jennifer Wilkin and Mike Boyle and Ellen Kisslinger and Jennifer Bixby and Jaimie Scanlon and Lindsay Clandfield and Mark McKinnon and Lindsay Warwick

Key Features

  • A comprehensive digital component including a page-faithful Digibook and Skillful practice area with interactive activities and video material
  • Two opportunities in each unit to engage critically with issues within texts and to consider concepts beyond the superficial meaning
  • The course takes a skills-based approach with each unit distinguishing between global and close skills
  • Systematic development of practical study skills through realistic case studies and material from Stella Cottrell, author of The Study Skills Handbook
  • Critical thinking skills, such as evaluating and synthesizing information are supported by the Academic Keyword List
  • A flexible approach, providing a distinct product or an integrated package between the Skillful Listening & Speaking and the Reading & Writing Student Books


Nominated for an ELTons 2014 Award in Excellence in Course Innovation

Skillful ELTons 2014 Nomination
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