Key features: Matrix develops grammar, vocabulary and the four main skills within an exam context. Engaging texts provide authentic input for the development of students' reading and listening skills, and provide cultural information. Each unit is theme-related, with topics chosen for their appeal to 16-19 year-olds. Grammar is presented and practised in a way that allows students to reflect on their understanding of English, and see it fall into place. Exam training is highlighted throughout the course via 'Quick tip' and 'Exam training' boxes which offer students practical advice on developing both study skills and examination techniques. Extensive vocabulary development increases students' active and passive knowledge. Frequent consolidation and recycling exercises build confidence and help students to add interest and variety to their English. Speaking is practised through a wide range of controlled and freer activities, encouraging students both to take part in more structured discussions and to express their own ideas. Listening texts are based on authentic materials and feature a variety of speakers and accents. A comprehensive writing syllabus gives students step-by-step guidance in producing a wide range of text types. The integration of practice and extension material supports mixed-ability classes. It also means that the course can be used flexibly, depending on the number of teaching hours available. 'Let's revise' pages after every two units review language and skills as students progress through the course. A grammar reference and extensive wordlist with definitions and examples give extra support for students and teachers. Matrix Foundation has 'Culture focus' pages in every unit of the Student's Book, and extra photocopiable resource material in the Teacher's Book.
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