The purpose of this text, or should we say guide, is to help all students in English composition classes - whether stand-alone or coupled with reading courses - understand the connections and the cohesive aspect of reading and writing. The authors used their own years of teaching both reading and writing, for all levels in college, to explain concepts in a straightforward and clear manner for students. The goal is that this becomes a resource - a FREE resource – students can return to time and time again when they have questions or need a refresher even after their English composition course ends.
In the Community is a textbook designed for adult English language learners. It takes an integrated skills approach, with listening, speaking, reading, and writing exercises in each lesson. The vocabulary and sentence structure are appropriate for an intermediate or even advanced proficiency level. It is not for beginners. The book is organized by conversation topics: forming and maintaining relationships, making requests, asking for permission, making apologies and excuses, and expressing opinions. Perhaps the nicest feature of this book is that it offers both an interactive e-text, in which students can type their own responses, and a printable version.