What a World: Amazing Stories from Around the Globe, is a six-book series that explores many fascinating topics from around the world and across history. The stories in What a World cover a diverse range of high-interest topics, from biographical pieces to exploration of cultures in various historical and contemporary periods. Features Words that Go Together activities highlight collocations -- words that are easier to learn together. Talking Notes activities challenge students to listen for main ideas and details in a short description of a person. place, or thing. Short Conversations ask students to infer tone, attitude, or the context of the speakers' conversation. Critical Thinking questions develop students' thiniking skills. Language Focus activities draw on a grammatical structure from the listening and help students develop accuracy in speaking and writing. Pronunci ation and Conversation activities help guide students to more accurate and conversational speech. Internet activities build students' Internet research skills. Self-Tests help students and teachers assess progress. What a World Reading -- a 3-level complementary series -- explores parallel themes to What a World Listening as it develops students' reading skills and vocabulary.