New Aster is a course in English that addresses the growing need of students to acquire mastery over a language that is not their mother tongue. This course has been designed to teach language through the study of literature. The series has been planned on the premise that accuracy and eloquence need to go hand in hand. New language is presented contextually, helping students learn the forms of language using existing cognitive structures and language known to them. The focus on linguistic form and function leads to holistic language learning and a firm foundation in the target language. The coursebook contains fascinating, well-illustrated pieces of prose, poetry and drama to engage the interest of young learners. The linguistic elements presented in the coursebook are further exploited and practised in the workbooks. Different aspects of language learning covered in the coursebook are extended in the workbook through these features: Passages for Reading in Classes 6-8 are followed by questions for testing factual, predictive, inferential, evaluative and analytical skills. Vocabulary acquisition is dealt with in Word Wonder. Learn About Language presents language structures contextually for easy acquisition of grammar rules and usage, and follows up with practice and reinforcement. Language Lab helps practise sounds of English and actively develops listening and speaking skills for appropriate use of language. Composition lays the foundations of good writing skills in functional and academic writing. Activity is a collection of simple and research-based projects.