Northstar Listening and Speaking

Building on the success of the previous editions, NorthStar, Fourth Edition continues to engage and motivate students with new and updated contemporary topics delivered through a seamless integration of print and online components.

Authors: Frances Boyd, Robin Mills, Laurie Frazier, Helen Solorzano, Jennifer P. Schmidt, Tess Ferree, Kim Sanabria, Sherry Preiss, Carol Numrich
Subject: Listening and Speaking
Level: From Beginner to Advanced
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New - Updated - Online

Blended approach with MyEnglishLab: NorthStar

Online activities offer support and expansion, fully blending the student book with MyEnglishLab for extra practice, ongoing assessment, and instant feedback. This integration enables students to reinforce learning online, allowing for more meaningful, in-depth analysis and communicative work in the classroom.

New and updated content

NorthStar includes highly stimulating and relevant topics to challenge students intellectually and emotionally. With thought-provoking themes ranging from phobias to social media, students will connect to the most current content available. Engaging photos in the unit openers spark discussion and draw students into the topic.

Explicit skills instruction

Inclusion of 2-3 explicit language skills allow students to build their language proficiency. Presentation and practice in each unit raises student awareness of key academic skills. Students sharpen and broaden mastery, build confidence, and improve their communication skills.

New and revised assessment tied to learning outcomes

Online assessments allow teachers to track students progress and mastery of the material and skills. Assessment for learning strategies incorporated into the assessment package will help students improve results.

Access to MyEnglishLab

Teachers can now access a wide range of online content and diagnostic tools to customize learning environments to meet the needs of every student. See how!

Frances Boyd

Frances Boyd, Ed.D. Associate Director of Curriculum and Program Development the American Language Program at Columbia University, where she has taught for over 30 years. She began her career teaching English in Mexico and, after moving to New York, taught Spanish and directed an ESL program for new immigrants. A frequent presenter at national and international conferences, she has also given teacher-training courses in China, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, and at Teachers’ College, Columbia.

She is co-editor of NorthStar, the prize-winning 10-volume academic English series from Pearson, as well as author of Making Business Decisions, (Pearson, 1994) and Stories from Lake Wobegon with audio by Garrison Keillor, Pearson, 1990). Her articles have appeared in TESOL Quarterly, English for Specific Purposes, TESOL Matters, and a number of other books and professional publications.

Robin Mills

Robin Mills is a California native and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1987. She has been a professional Sign Language interpreter for the deaf since 1983, nationally certified since 1987. In 1993, she received a Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language from San Francisco State University. Currently, she works as a community freelance interpreter. She most recently has taught ESL to deaf students at City College of San Francisco. She is a competitive swimmer, favoring distance open water swimming, and is also a fused glass artist. Her other hobbies include traveling, gardening, photography and cooking.

Laurie Frazier
Helen Solorzano

Helen Solorzano lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the house where she grew up, with her husband, their two children, and her mother. She has taught English in the U.S. and in Lima, Peru. She enjoys the creativity involved in writing ESL textbooks and finds the process similar to putting together a giant puzzle. For Helen, NorthStar was an especially challenging project because of the fascinating topics involved. Other interests include technical writing for an international audience. She is a director of The TRAC Foundation (, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of the TRAC computer programming language, which was developed by her late father.

Jennifer P. Schmidt

For Jennifer Schmidt, teaching English has always been a passion. She thinks it’s because she understands the challenges of being a foreign student, since she was one herself. Although English is her first language, she spent her childhood in Malaysia and Thailand before coming to America for college. She now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two children. Jennifer began writing on the NorthStar series the week after her second child was born. It was challenging, but rewarding! Currently, Jennifer is working as an assistant director of a preschool. It’s a diversion from ESL, but she has found that there are many transferable skills. One of her newest projects at the school will be to help introduce a foreign language enrichment component to the curriculum.

Tess Ferree
Kim Sanabria
Sherry Preiss

Sherry has been in the field of second language learning since 1976 serving as an administrator, teacher, writer, and teacher trainer, both in the U.S. and overseas. She received her Master of Arts Degree in TESOL/Bilingual Education from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.

For the past several years, Sherry has traveled around the world speaking with teachers about Longman’s multimedia programs, the Longman series NorthStar, True Colors, and Focus on Grammar, plus other issues in the field of ELT.

Carol Numrich

Carol Numrich is the Associate Director for Faculty Search,Development and Review and Senior Lecturer at ColumbiaUniversity‘s American Language Program, where she teaches intermediate and advanced levels of ESL. Carol helped to develop the International Teaching Assistant Program as well as design the TESOL Certificate Program for Columbia University.

Carol’s research interests are in authentic listening, teacher education and critical thinking. She has trained teachers from the elementary to college levels in the U.S., Europe and Asia and has given numerous presentations on the importance of teaching critical thinking in ESL instruction. She has chaired and helped organize several committees for TESOL as well as co-edited a column from the TESOL Journal.

Carol is the author of Face the Issues, Consider the Issues and Raise the Issues, which are in their third and fourth editions, and Tuning In, a listening text for low-intermediate level students. She is also the co-editor for the Pearson Northstar series now being developed for its 4th edition. Carol holds a B.A. from SUNY Buffalo, and an M.A. and Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Northstar Listening & Speaking - Level 1 - Student Book with MyEnglishLab 978-0-1333-8225-9 X $61.95
Northstar Listening and Speaking - Level 1 - Student eText with MyEnglishLab 978-0-1333-8230-3 21 months $40.95
Northstar Listening and Speaking - Level 1 Class Audio CD 978-0-1333-8226-6 $73.95
Northstar - Listening and Speaking - Levels 1-5 - Teacher Resource eText 978-0-1339-0175-7 48 months $83.95
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Northstar - Listening and Speaking - Level 2 - Student Book with MyEnglishLab 978-0-1333-8213-6 X $61.95
Northstar - Listening and Speaking - Level 2 - Student eText with MyEnglishLab 978-0-1333-8221-1 21 months $40.95
Northstar - Listening and Speaking - Level 2 - Class Audio CD 978-0-1333-8218-1 $73.95
Northstar - Listening and Speaking - Levels 1-5 - Teacher Resource eText 978-0-1339-0175-7 48 months $83.95
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Northstar - Listening and Speaking - Level 3 - Student Book with MyEnglishLab 978-0-1329-4040-5 X $61.95
Northstar - Listening and Speaking - Level 3 - Student eText with MyEnglishLab 978-0-1333-8236-5 21 months $41.95
Northstar - Listening and Speaking - Level 3 - Class Audio CD 978-0-1333-8239-6 $73.95
Northstar - Listening and Speaking - Levels 1-5 - Teacher Resource eText 978-0-1339-0175-7 48 months $83.95

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