- Integrated and flexible digital components give users access to everything they need in one place. Mind Second Edition includes an Online Workbook for students, with automatic gradebook functionality; the Presentation Kit, an interactive classroom presentation version of the Student's book; and Student's and Teacher's Resource Centers with downloadable activities, video and audio.
- The groundbreaking lifeSkills syllabus engages students not only in the language they are learning, but in developing their own abilities, helping them become well-rounded individuals for the 21st century. Revised lifeSkills in openMind are newly applied in three domains: Self and Society, Work and Career, Study and Learning, and skills include research, critical thinking, problem solving, self-direction, organization, and collaboration skills. These skills are highly valued by employers, yet rarely form part of students' formal education. openMind helps students develop these life skills and use them in English-speaking situations. All the skills require a certain amount of collaboration, so pair and group work is an essential component of the syllabus.
- The Teacher's Book Premium Pack contains access to the Presentation Kit, a classroom presentation version of the Student's Book that can be downloaded to laptops for projection via interactive whiteboards (IWBs) or projectors.
- Brand new, authentic video footage has been integrated into every unit, and is available to watch online via the Resource Centers and the Online Workbooks, or offline via the Presentation Kit, as well as on DVD, depending on the package.
- The four language skills are systematically developed, not just practiced, through carefully structured sub-skills syllabuses.
- The Resource Centers offer hundreds of resources for self or class study, including downloadable audio and video for on-the-go learning, skills development speaking and writing workshops, with self and peer assessment features, as well as the teachers' test section.
- A revised grammar syllabus ensures that the series is clearly linked to CEFR pre-A1 – C1 levels, and the structure of the grammar sections now uses an inductive presentation. A three-page Grammar Review opens each level of the series, with a revised and enhanced Grammar Reference section at the back of the Student's Book.
- The Starter level features a new studySkills section.
Unit objectives boxes outline the learning outcomes, oriented to the CEFR learning statements.
Highly-photographic unit openers introduce the unit and provide a quick, motivating warm-up to the unit topic.
The lifeSkills panel introduces the life skill of the unit and shows in which domain it will be illustrated. It aims at getting students to start thinking about the nature of the life skill.
An alternating skills focus develops two skills in each unit through sub-skills. Tips and advice support the development of these skills, rather than simple practice, and they are indicated by a cog within the unit.
Grammar sections use an inductive approach. The grammar has been selected to reflect the needs of students at their present level, and for relevance to the unit topic, ensuring practice is natural and meaningful.
Watch Out! boxes highlight common grammatical errors.
Each unit has two Vocabulary sections. Typically, there are two to three steps in each. The target vocabulary (both single words and multiword phrases) is always clearly identifiable on the page.
How To Say It boxes provide functional phrases that can be applied immediately to the task at hand.
Each Grammar section in openMind follows a dynamic five-step structure.
Stage A introduces the target grammar in a realistic reading or listening context. A comprehension activity ensures students understand the main idea. Learners are not expected to produce the target language at this stage, they are simply made aware of it in context.
The second step, the Notice! box, consists of basic questions encouraging students to notice something simple about the form or function of the new structure.
Stage B is a guided inductive presentation using examples from the text in A. There are two subsections, Form and Function. Tasks rules about the new structure.
Stage C is a written exercise enabling students to apply and confirm their inferences from B. It gives controlled practice in using the target grammar.
Stage D, the final step, is a one-step communicative activity allowing students to practice the new grammar in a personalized context, thereby making it more relevant and memorable.
The language and skills that students have learned throughout the unit prepare them for the lifeSkills section, which is linked to the unit topic.
Each lifeSkills section is introduced by a three or four step summary of the approach that will be applied throughout the different activities in the section. These steps are transferable and can be applied to situation beyond the English classroom.
Reflect boxes in the lifeSkills pages encourage students to consider the application of the skill they have just learned in other areas of life, and in particular, to personalize the skill with respect to their own lives.
A Language wrap-up ends each unit, giving students the chance to assess their progress practicing the unit vocabulary and grammar. The exercises can be done in class or assigned as homework.
'Can do' statements included with score boxes remind students of their achievements, while suggestions are also given on how to improve scores by revising material and re-doing exercises.