Academic Listening Encounters: Life in Society develops students’ listening and note-taking skills using a variety of recorded materials, including both informal interviews and formal classroom lectures. These engaging materials introduce students to stimulating topics in sociology, such as peer pressure, gender roles, and the influence of the media. They also provide plentiful opportunities for speaking and discussion activities. An Audio CD with the lecture portion of the audio program is included with the book to provide extra listening practice. The complete class audio program is available for purchase separately, on three Audio CDs or Audio Cassettes. The Academic Encounters series is an excellent tool for TOEFL® preparation. Academic Encounters: Life in Society is the reading, study-skills, and writing companion text to the listening book described above. Each book may be used independently, or the two books may be used together to form a four-skills integrated course.