The high intermediate background readings in this book cover practical topics that touch students' lives; a writing assignment then grows out of the reading and relates closely to it. A section of realia is similarly related. For example, Chapter 3 presents a reading on a business loan, a credit statement (realia), and a business letter in which students apply for a loan.
The text begins with an introduction on reading skills and the writing process, with exercises. In each of the following chapters, Part One presents a reading on the chapter theme with various exercises designed to teach reading skills; Part Two builds vocabulary; Part Three includes realia with various activities and "Beyond the Text" exercises, and Part Four focuses on writing, presents the mechanics, stylistic issues, and rhetorical patterns necessary to perform simple writing tasks.