Headway Academic Skills can be used alongside your coursebook or on it's own. The series improves students' academic skills by: Developing the specific skills required for academic reading, writing, listening and speaking through a wide range of serious topics and tasks relevant to Higher Education. Exploring strategies to help students with academic vocabulary, including recording and building their vocabulary. Offering guidance with academic research tasks, such as acknowledging sources. Providing freer tasks that encourage learner independence. Supporting and encouraging additional guided practice with new photocopiable worksheets in the Teacher's Guides.