Insights is a flexible, six-level course, giving teenagers reflective insights into language, the world, and their own lives. It contains cross-curricular and intercultural content, and vocabulary relevant to the students' own lives. The material evolves with the students and reflects their growing maturity, as well as their changing needs and interests.
The course provides a structured approach to skills, with the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills integrated into every unit, and a particular emphasis on systematic writing practice through guided and freer tasks in realistic contexts. Grammar functions and structures are presented through a range of text types, and practiced through contextualized activities. Learner independence is developed through self-assessment and an awareness of personal learning styles. The grammar reference material at the end of each unit (in levels 1-4) and at the end of the Student's Book (in levels 5-6) encourages the development of reference skills.
The Student's Book and Workbook are combined at each level for ease of use, and include a webcode allowing access to Insights Practice Online, which provides extra digital activities. There are five units per level, each opening with a Preview, which introduces the key lexical focus and communicative aims, as well as a quiz or survey leading to a mini-project linked to the unit theme.
The Teacher's Book offers detailed support material, optional extra activities, and answer keys for both the Student's Book and Workbook sections. There is an accompanying Test CD with editable tests catering for students in mixed-ability classes, as well as a diagnostic test, three end-of-term tests and an end-of-course test, including audio tracks.
Insights 5-6 can be used as a separate, intermediate-level course, consolidating and extending the English students already know.