General English Courses

General English is the type of English taught and learnt in the majority of the classrooms in the world. Our General English Courses aim to develop the ability to communicate effectively. All aspects of language are covered with an emphasis on speaking and listening. The carefully structured and flexible courses give students an opportunity to select afternoon options to meet their specific needs.

Variety of course material available for us to use is as follows:

Cutting Edge

ceEverything you expect from a world-class course...and more! From beginner to advanced level, this complete series gives students an all-round practical knowledge of grammar, skills, vocabulary and real-life functional language. Each level is 90-120 hours.

  • Comprehensive development of grammar with plenty of meaningful Practice and revision
  • Thorough coverage of all four skills, with an emphasis on high-frequency, useful vocabulary
  • Regular, well-structured speaking tasks with a straightforward structure of preparation, execution, outcome and evaluation make learning objectives clear
  • A unique FREE Mini-dictionary in every Student's Book introduces dictionary skills and promotes learner independence

(Personal Vocabulary Book in Starter Level; Phrasebuilder in Advanced Level)

A complete teaching programme that includes a Teacher?s Resource Book with photocopiable activities, learner-training worksheets and progress tests, and separate Test Booklets. Each level is 90-120 hours.

"I would have no hesitation in recommending this book for a wide range of teaching situations, as many different circumstances such as large and monolingual/monocultural classes have obviously been taken into account. From a teacher's point of view, if you are interested in how recent research could be used in class, I would highly recommend reading the Teacher's Book and trying at least some of the material with your classes."

Modern English Teacher, Vol 11/2 April 2002

Exploring English

eeBeginners - Advanced 

This fully illustrated six level series will set your students on the road to English language fluency. Exploring English teaches all four language skills right from the start, and gives students a wealth of opportunities to Practice what they've learned.

Student Text--Fully illustrated with humorous four-color drawings (Books 1-4). Each chapter reviews and consolidates what has already been learned. Every fourth chapter is a review chapter featuring an optional achievement test.

Workbooks--Feature lessons closely coordinated with the lessons in the text, and provide additional writing Practice with the same grammatical structures and vocabulary.

Teacher's Resource Manuals--For each level include reduced Student Book pages accompanied by page-by-page teaching suggestions.

Audiocassettes--For each level include the dialogues, stories, and pronunciation exercises in the Student Book. A variety of voices, accompanied by appropriate sound effects, gives students opportunities to hear English spoken by native speakers.

Screening and Placement Test--Assure accurate placement of students.


ewBeginners - Intermediate 

ExpressWays offers all-skills language Practice in an imaginative highway theme that puts students in the fast lane for an exciting and motivating journey to English language proficiency! ExpressWays incorporates state-of-the-art cooperative learning, critical thinking, problem solving, role-playing, cross-cultural discussions, self-assessment, and community activities to promote an interactive, student-centered learning experience.

  • Student Texts contain high-interest readings that integrate life skills topics, functions, and grammar with role-playing, group discussion, and cooperative learning.
  • Integrates SCAN and CASAS competencies.
  • Activity Workbooks provide a variety of exercises and activities for reinforcing vocabulary and grammar.
  • Audio Programs available for both Student Books and Activity Workbooks provide realistic recordings of dialogues and activities.
  • Picture Cards provide opportunities for vocabulary Practice and other classroom-enrichment activities. (206 full-color cards)
  • Testing Program includes a placement test and end-of- chapter achievement tests for evaluation of student levels and progress. Fast Score Tests are also available.

Language to go

ltgElementary -Upper Intermediate                                 

Language to go is a four-level course with international appeal for adult learners of English. It is available at Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate and Upper Intermediate levels, each offering 40-60 teaching hours. It is the ideal course for the busy student, and can be used on short or intensive courses. At each level the components are the Students' Book with Phrasebook, Class Cassette/CD, and Teacher's Resource Book.

The short course for adults who want useful everyday English - fast.

Language to go is a four-level course with international appeal for adult learners of English. It is available at Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate and Upper Intermediate levels, each offering 40-60 teaching hours. It is the ideal course for the busy student, and can be used on short or intensive courses. At each level the components are the Students' Book with Phrasebook, Class Cassette/CD, and Teacher's Resource Book.

  • Forty straightforward 60-minute lessons, each presented on a double page around topics reflecting the world we live in
  • Essential grammar practised and revisited regularly throughout the syllabus; students can join the course at any stage and still cover the key language points
  • 'Get talking' activities are the outcome of each lesson and really get students communicating - fast
  • Memorable dialogues at the end of each lesson summarise the main language to go!
  • Built-in Practice section, Grammar reference and a FREE Phrasebook in the Students' Book


mtElementary - Advanced          

Matters is a fully integrated five-level course that takes adults from Elementary to post-CAE level. Challenging and enjoyable for teachers and students, this tried and trusted series is easy to teach and guarantees results.

Free sample pages and audio clip available online for this title.

Motivating topics, engaging activities and thorough language work.

Sound grammar input, balanced coverage of the four language skills and systematic vocabulary development.

Advanced Matters focuses on style, register and language choice, with a special emphasis on vocabulary and writing skills.


oppBased on feedback from teachers and students around the world, New Opportunities now comes with exciting new features and components to make your lessons even more motivating and successful.

  • NEW detailed Contents pages, including Powerbook contents make planning easier for teachers and students
  • Shorter modules mean more topics, more vocabulary sets and more strategies
  • Grammar and skills development give students a solid base for learning
  • Thorough training in study skills ensures good learning habits
  • NEW vocabulary Language Problem Solving extends students' interest in the wider world
  • Cross-curricular and cross-cultural topics engage students' interest in the wider world
  • NEW reading and listening texts motivate students to speak and think in English
  • Full coverage of exam tasks in both the Students' Book and the Language Powerbook help students prepare for both internal and external exams
  • NEW comprehensive testing package provides total evaluation of students
  • NEW components, for example CD-ROMs, provide opportunities for self-study, PLUS videos give language learning more variety

Side by Side

sdsBeginners - Intermediate

Side by Side Third Edition is a new and improved version of this dynamic program that integrates all skills in a light-hearted, fun , and easy-to-use conversation methodology. Its tried and tested format has been embraced by students and teachers worldwide. Each level is 90 - 120 hours.

New features include:

  • Vocabulary Preview section in every unit to introduce keywords
  • How to Say IT! lessons highlight everyday communication strategies
  • Pronunciation exercises provide models for authentic language Practice
  • Journal writing activities allow students to relate lesson themes to their own lives
  • Side by Side Gazette 'magazine-style' pages with lively feature articles and stimulating activities

Side by Side Interactive is an innovative video-based software program that puts students in control of a dynamic language-learning experience using "state-of-the-art" technology. This exciting two-level program combines interactive video, audio, graphics, and text to provide students with powerful learning tools and abundant exercises and activities for effective language instruction that is individualized, self-paced, and easy-to-use - and fun!


wlenElementary - Intermediate       

Wavelength is a three-level course for adults and young adults that is fresh and appealing. The strong emphasis on natural language and everyday expressions means students can identify with the real-life characters and situations.

  • Strong grammar syllabus with a contemporary approach, with grammar reference and puzzle sections for extra support and Practice
  • Vivid situations, drama, quizzes, cartoons and real-life people capture students? imagination
  • Full-colour, interleaved* Teacher?s Resource Book includes clear teaching notes, practical teaching tips and photocopiable tests and activities
  • 16 topic based units which cover the main grammar and vocabulary areas
  • Free reader with every level containing original stories linked to the 'Reading for Pleasure' page
  • 'Wavelength Page' ? a free-standing lesson at the end of every unit, devoted to conversational English, functional English, the four skills and revision

*Interleaved at Elementary and Pre-intermediate levels

Each Coursebook is 80-100 hours and contains 12-16 units with four revision sections throughout. The Elementary level also includes four Welcome units, which provide the basic language so students can begin communicating quickly.

With every level, a FREE reader containing eight original stories linked to Reading for Pleasure pages in the Course Book.

English File

englishfileBeginner - Upper-Intermediate

The course that gets students talking.

Overview: Every level of English File builds confidence and keeps motivation high with lively, achievable lessons, using humour and imagination to encourage students to communicate and enjoy learning English.

Key features:

  • Vocabulary Banks: easy-access vocabulary sections help students to remember words and phrases.
  • Illustrated pronunciation system.



A short course to build skills and confidence at real beginner level.

Key features:

- It starts from scratch at real beginner level, assuming no previous language knowledge.
- It is very gently paced with a clearly defined and limited grammatical and lexical syllabus to avoid overloading the learner.
- It contains a grammar, vocabulary, functional, and pronunciation syllabus.
New language is introduced gradually and methodically, and is consolidated through substantial controlled Practice to give beginners confidence.
- The grammar is presented in tabular form at the end of each unit, along with an exercise for students to check their understanding.
- Despite the low level, simple skills work and manageable communicative activities are incorporated to develop interactive skills and make the language learning meaningful.
- An 'Everyday English' section in each unit practises common expressions and survival English for everyday situations. It provides an ideal foundation course for students preparing for New Headway Elementary and other elementary courses.


headwayBeginner to Advanced.

The best-selling series that combines the best of traditional methods with current teaching techniques.

Key features:

  • New Headway now provides a seamless syllabus progression from beginner to upper-intermediate level.
  • It takes a clear and structured approach to grammar. Grammatical structures are introduced in context, with questions that encourage students to work out the rules for themselves. A comprehensive 'Grammar section' at the back of the Student's Books provides a useful reference before, during or after the lesson.
  • A well-defined vocabulary syllabus concentrates on three key areas: learning new words in lexical sets; acquiring good habits for learning vocabulary; and developing vocabulary 'systems' such as sound and spelling relationships.
  • Integrated skills work is an important feature of the course. In every unit the reading and listening activities contextualize and bring together much previously introduced language. The new unit by unit writing section in Student’s Books focuses on developing students’ written English in a range of situations and registers. The choice of interesting texts, together with manageable, motivating tasks ensure students develop fluency and accuracy in all four skills.
  • Workbooks at each level offer a range of exercises to revise and extend the grammar and vocabulary covered in the Student's Book, plus extra related input where appropriate.
  • There is high-quality, integrated support and supplementary material at various levels, including: New Headway Pronunciation Course, Making Headway, and New Headway English Course Interactive Practice CD-ROM.

International Express

interexpressElementary - Upper-Intermediate


This practical course bridges the gap between general English and the professional world of working adults. The syllabus is based on the needs of people in work who use English as an international means of communication.

The new Pre-Intermediate edition retains the overall structure, syllabus, and familiar features of the first edition. It has been substantially rewritten with new and up-to-date topics and activities of real benefit and interest to working adults.

A new edition that retains the successful combination of general and work-related English with over 70% new material.

Key features:

  • Grammar presented through authentic international contexts, for students to analyze and formulate the rules.
  • Focus on English for socializing, telephoning, and participating in discussions, enabling learners to communicate confidently in work-related situations.
  • Recognizes adults as active, resourceful learners, with regular review units, Workbook, Student's Cassette and Audio CD.
  • Integrated Pocket Book with grammar summaries, social phrases, and other key information for quick reference.


landmarkIntermediate - Advanced

Landmark builds on what learners bring to class and respects their knowledge and experience. Using real-life listening and reading, Landmark gets students thinking, noticing, and reacting.

Key features:

  • Fresh topics get students thinking and speaking.
  • A strong focus on skills pushes students to extend their knowledge and ability.
  • Texts and tasks help students explore and activate their vocabulary.
  • Authentic listening tasks raise awareness of features of natural conversation.
  • A practical approach to writing.
  • An active discovery approach to grammar guides students to work out patterns and rules for themselves.
  • Intermediate and Upper-Intermediate levels have authentic reading with supportive tasks and graded exposure to authentic listening.
  • Advanced level has unscripted recordings and authentic texts to challenge and stimulate the adult learner. Also has short units to avoid topic fatigue.

natural English

naturalenglishElementary - Upper-Intermediate

A modern, speaking-centred general English course that helps students use language naturally.

Students at Elementary level and above have gaps in their language knowledge and performance which inhibit their progress. The natural English syllabus is based on research into these language gaps and the course brings together current ideas in a stylish, principled, and easy-to-teach set of materials.

Key features

  • natural English is a syllabus strand which enables students to integrate frequent, natural language into their language framework.
  • Students learn to use real language naturally, through thinking and rehearsal time, confidence-building Practice, and task-centred speaking.
  • The listening syllabus teaches students how to listen. A slot-in listening booklet features the tapescripts plus decoding and pronunciation exercises.
  • Teacher's Book lesson plans, a product of the authors' teacher training expertise, talk teachers through the course materials.
  • Teacher's Book chapters cover teaching principles, techniques, and ideas, plus a selected bibliography.
  • Humour engages and motivates through cartoons, and the listening and reading material.

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