About Linguapress .Linguapress began life in 1980 as an independent EFL (English as a Foreign Language) publisher in France.
Linguapress EFL newsmagazines, published from 1980 to 2001, were founded and edited by Andrew Rossiter, of the department of Applied Languages of the University of Besançon. Assistant editors included Steven Gallagher, from the United States, and Donald Heinrich, and regular contributors included prizewinning California environmental writer Professor Larry Wood, and Nicole Bernheim, former New York correspondent of France's leading daily quality newspaper Le Monde.
Spectrum, the advanced level English newsmagazine, also included topical presscuttings by arrangement with British newpapers the Independent and the Guardian, and a variety of US newspapers notably the Seattle Times. For many years, the magazine also republished articles from the prizewinning student newspaper The Lowell, produced by students in the department of journalism of Lowell High School, San Francisco.
Established before the age of the Internet and instant worldwide news, Linguapress magazines were designed to bring up-to-date current affairs as well as general social and cultural issues into the classroom, using articles in graded or annotated English, accessible to high school students of English from low intermediate level to high-school graduation level. Each magazine was accompanied by exercises and teaching notes, mostly provided to very short deadlines by a small team from the University of Besançon's renowned Centre for Applied Linguistics, and piloted by Glenys Hanson, Christian Torjussen and Ros Young - among others.
Linguapress newsmagazines had subscribers in high schools and further education all over Europe, notably in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Norway... and as far away as Japan and Mongolia. In the pre-Internet era, before the World Wide Web put worldwide news in any language into every school at the click of a mouse, Linguapress newsmagazines in graded English offered teachers and students the unusual ability to keep abreast, in a lively manner, of current affairs and cultural issues from the English-speaking countries.
Linguapress.com was set up in 1998 to publish and update material from the Linguapress archives, add new material, and make it available to teachers and students worldwide.
While a lot of the material initially published between 1980 and 2001 in Linguapress magazines was current-affairs based, and is now largely outdated, the magazines also published a large collection of background and cultural articles on life and issues in the English speaking countries – not to mention word games and crosswords and a number of short stories, some from well-known authors, others original stories contributed by authors in Britain, Australia and the USA
This archive of resources, together with the classroom teaching material to accompany it, is the bedrock of the new Linguapress.com.
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