New Directions is a thematic writing-skills text that bridges the gap between ESL and college writing courses. New Directions is a thematic reading/writing book aimed at the most advanced learners. It prepares students for the rigors of college-level writing by having them read long, challenging, authentic readings. This emphasis on multiple longer readings as a precursor to writing gives New Directions its distinctive character. The book also contains a handbook reference section on the essentials of writing.