- Interactive grammar boxes break down form and clarify use.
- Cross-curricular topics link grammar to everyday life, teaching students about the world around them.
- Exercises develop young learner competencies, such as thinking and interpersonal skills.
- A separate writing syllabus teaches key skills and strategies.
- Exam-style activities practice task-types, key structures and vocabulary from Cambridge English, including Young Learners, Key and Preliminary for Schools tests.
- Step-by-step lesson notes with extra, mixed ability, and extension activities provide additional teacher support.
- The Teacher's Resource Site offers ideas for grammar presentations, literacy and numeracy support worksheets, as well as a test builder.
The first page of each unit (Grammar Start) presents the main grammar structure, with an extended or additional grammar focus on page 5. Examples of the target structure are given at the start of the unit.
Grammar presentation varies, taking the form of a picture story, fact file, an article, a website or a dialog, to ensure that grammar is presented in context.
The grammar focus is clearly stated at the foot of the page for teachers.
A Grammar Box clearly explains how the grammar structure works.
Students are encouraged to interact with the Grammar Box via a simple noticing exercise that may involve coloring or circling (lower levels) or completing (higher levels) the target structure.
There is a clear focus on the affirmative and negative forms of each structure.
A receptive exercise checks understanding.
In the Grammar Practice section, receptive and controlled practice exercises reinforce understanding of the target structure.
The bronze achievement medal indicates understanding of the target grammar via controlled practice.
The silver achievement medal requires semi-controlled and freer practice, often leading to a speaking or writing task.
In page 4, the practice exercises become semi-controlled...
...before moving to freer practice of the target structure.
The Grammar Goal on page 5 presents an extended or additional grammar focus for the unit. Examples of the target structure are given at the start of the section.
The Grammar Box clearly explains how the grammar works.
Again, a receptive exercise checks understanding of the grammar extension.
The gold achievement medal requires students to produce language in a real-life communicative task.
A semi-controlled practice exercise prepares students for the final productive task.
Final productive tasks can include completing a poster or asking and answering in pairs (in earlier levels), or completing a report, writing about an event, creating a class quiz, or interviewing a friend.