This two book listening/speaking series is designed for adults who have not yet developed the communication skills necessary to successfully process material heavy with unfamiliar information or subject matter. Intensive listening skill training, extensive conversation, and speaking practice are provided within a context of topics realistic and familiar to students. Both student books provide a framework through which increasingly complex information and culturally enriching knowledge are spiraled. Overlapping lessons reinforce exercises and activities while new material is introduced. The self directed techniques used in Take On Listening 1 and 2 provide a classroom environment in which trial and error plus risk taking are encouraged. These specific listening attack strategies are covered: . Using what you already know . Scanning for the main idea and main points . Making inferences (intelligent guesses) . Scanning for specific pieces of information . Using context clues and using structure and intonation clues. Program components for both levels: . Student Book . Instructor's Manual (contains tapescript, teaching notes, and answers to student book questions) . Audio Program on audiocassette (5 per level) and CD (2 per level).