24 June 2020

Collins Exploring English 6, 7, 8

Role: Content provider 
Exploring English was my first experience with Collins and it was positive one, on both sides, I hope. 😏 And it was a rare experience to work with authentic content from professionally published authors. As the blurb says: 

A multi-skill course that focuses on all aspects of language learning to help learners develop communicative competence. The series includes a wide range of high-quality reading texts, both classic and contemporary, by Indian and non-Indian authors, as well as original pieces written by children’s authors.

Some of the writers included Bertha Adams Backus (Then Laugh), Subhadra Sen Gupta (Dal Delight), Roald Dahl (Matilda), Ray Bradbury (All Summer in a Day), Paro Anand (Pepper), Robert Frost (Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening), Saki (The Open Window), Robert Louis Stevenson (The Vagabond), Ruskin Bond (The Eyes Have It, Harold: Our Hornbill), Denise Levertov (Celebration), H.G. Well (The Time Machine), Vikram Seth (The Louse and the Mosquito), Rabindranath Tagore, (The Flower School). 

It was fabulous working with rich, multi-level texts, rather then the ELT type texts that I often am asked to write. Yes, I think I can write pretty well for coursebook content, but let's just say I ain't no Bobby Frost.  

And you may be wondering, What exactly is a 'content provider'? Well, some projects already come with reading texts (as shown above), and when they do, they just need content written around them, e.g. reading comprehension, a focus on grammar or vocabulary, a writing task in response to the text. That was me in this case, and again, I consider myself fortunate to have been able to work with such wonderful texts. 

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