[ Getting Ready ]
The Warm-up section of the Fast Track series begins with preview questions for discussion and an easy language-focused learning activity to activate basic language that students may already know related to the unit’s theme.
[ Expressions in Use ]
A graphic presentation of expressions related to the unit’s theme shows language options for student pairs to practice within a simple substitution-based dialog.
[ Conversation ]
Variations for the language functions related to the unit theme are presented in a listening task that targets modeling and pronunciation. Students are then encouraged to creatively adapt the dialog with suggested expressions or their own ideas.
[ Sounds Fun ]
Repeated practice of a short dialog presented in video format guides students through a meaning-focused output activity that develops spoken fluency.
[ Speaking ]
Audio and video content are linked to activities that first practice recall of known vocabulary and grammar. This is followed up with a listening comprehension check. Additional speaking is practiced through creating questions linked to the unit’s theme and language functions.
[ Role Play ]
A dialog structured around substituting students’ ideas or information allow for personalization of the language being studied.
[ Pair Work ]
An extensive list of discussion questions is included in each unit. After writing their own ideas to answer the questions, students practice a semi-guided conversation using the questions to interview each other.
[ Reading ]
A short passage describing well-known people or current topics help students relate the unit’s theme to today’s world and their personal lives.
[ Grammar ]
Each unit includes a review of two grammar topics linked to the language that is central to the unit's theme. The basic grammar explanations presented in each unit are also found in the Study Book provided with each level of the series. The Study Book gives a more detailed description of the topic along with additional exercises for practice.
[ Writing ]
Writing models support students in creating short written accounts of their own experiences or opinions related to the topic they have been studying in the unit. Project ideas are also included here to suggest creative ways for students to practice meaning-focused output aligned with the unit's theme.
[ Critical thinking ]
Each unit concludes with a two-part Critical Thinking activity. These activities guide students through formulating their own ideas related to what they've been learning and then reflecting on these ideas in pairs or small groups.
[ Expressions ]
ThereTarget expression list from first page of each unit includes explanation of meaning, two-line dialog or sentence providing usage in context, and audio recording for pronunciation and intonation reference.
[ Vocabulary 1, 2 ]
Two-page vocabulary list of mid-range words includes IPA pronunciation guide, explanation of meaning, sentences providing usage in context, and audio recording for reference.
[ Grammar Extension ]
Grammar explanations and activities extend the grammar topic of each unit including additional practice exercises.