- The strong photographic content in Megatrends makes the course visually exciting for teenagers and gives them a clear idea of the contexts in which dialogs and texts occur. The photographs are also helpful for reviewing vocabulary and structures, and can provide instant warm-up activities.
- Speaking activities are a key feature of the course. Even in the first stages of learning, with a limited knowledge of vocabulary and structure, there is a lot the students can say. They are given many opportunities to speak and to feel confident about using new language orally.
- Varied reading texts, in the form of dialogs, photo stories, cartoons, puzzle pages, and so on, build students’ confidence in reading.
The use of real teenagers as the course characters help students relate to the material and bring it to life. Levels 1-2 feature a group of friends in the same class at school and their home life. Levels 3-4 focus on friends who live on the same street, and their interests at school and outside. Levels 5-6 feature members of a junior soccer team who take part in an international tournament, and the young people they meet from other countries.
Grammar is presented and practiced gradually in the course of a unit. Typically, grammatical structures appear in a dialog or text which students read and listen to, and are then set out in a Grammar Focus box, for students to recognize and identify in the dialog or text.
In each unit, there is an Extra activity aimed at more able students, giving them the opportunity to demonstrate what they can do with the language they have been learning.
Talk Time exercises give students listening and speaking practice with everyday functional phrases.
Projects enable students to develop their writing skills at their own pace, according to their own interests. Each unit contains a suggestion for a Project, which is developed in a section at the back of the Student’s Book
Skills Development double-page spreads give more extended reading practice, followed by freer practice of the other language skills. They aim to show students that they are beginning to read the kinds of text they can find in magazines and on the internet.
Culture Spot spreads aim to extend students’ knowledge of the cultural context of language and vocabulary, and allow students to make comparisons between their own culture and others’.
There are regular opportunities to review material in the Let’s Check sections at the end of most units.
Fun and Games pages (in earlier levels) and Just for Fun (in higher levels) offer quizzes, puzzles, pairwork and roleplay activities for more light-hearted practice at the end of most units.
In higher levels, students can assess themselves and reflect on their own learning through How Good Are You? self-evaluation pages.
The Workbook section contains practice material that mirrors the content of the Student’s Book, with further vocabulary development and exercises focusing on reading and writing skills. Students can work on these independently, either in class or at home. The teacher’s notes include references to the relevant workbook exercises.
Study Tip boxes in the workbook section give students help and advice on becoming better, more effective learners.
Practice pages provide extra, fun practice in different language skills.