3. Real student content
4. Safe speaking
5. Mobile and
6. Integrated teacher
• Six-level, integrated skills course
• CEFR levels A1-C1
• American English
• For adults and young adults
• 80-120 learning hours per level
Learning English requires a focus on many different skills, but from our research with both teachers and learners we know that students often measure their progress through their confidence and ability to speak spontaneously in the “real world.”
You spoke. We listened.
In response to this, we have ensured that EVOLVE is an integrated skills course with speaking at its heart.
Our language research has led to Corpus-informed accuracy, register, and lexical features. These features focus on the language your students are most likely to find challenging, so that learning is more efficient.
Highlights potential problem areas, enabling students to recognize when to use different levels of formality in their written and spoken English.
Register training is a core aspect of using vocabulary. This kind of guidance in the textbook is very valuable. — Antonio Machuca Montalvo, Mexico
Highlights common errors which can be used for self-editing to improve students’ accuracy.
Focuses on informal language and colloquial expressions so students become confident communicating in the real world.
Videos of real students feature throughout the Student’s Books as powerful motivators. Seeing their peers at the same level increases the learner’s confidence and willingness to take risks with the language.
Learners can scan the QR code with their smartphone to hear the student contributors responding to discussion questions in bite-sized videos.
Real student samples help learners to visualize what is expected of them much more easily. They give the message that outcomes are achievable by all learners. — Asli Derin, Turkey
Student input from around the world
We asked more than 2,000 students from all over the world what topics they wanted to discuss and in what situations they’d like to speak more confidently. The most popular ideas are included throughout the course.
Totally relevant and updated content. Students could easily relate and engage in conversations on these topics.
— Luz Libia Rey, Colombia
In order to make progress, students need a safe speaking environment where they feel supported and able to experiment with language while focusing on the task at hand.
Safe speaking environment
Students work on collaborative, immersive tasks which involve information sharing and decision making
I love group work like this. Students have to create a project together. Perhaps they design an app or create a storyboard …Students would have to work together and talk a lot. — Daniel Nowatnick, USA
Time to speak is a dedicated lesson in every unit that gives students the opportunity to build speaking confidence and develop fluency.
Developing speaking confidence
Speaking ability is how students measure their own progress, but it is also the area where they feel most insecure.
Time to speak is a unique lesson in every unit dedicated to developing speaking skills.
The Time to speak lessons create a buzz in the classroom and a safe speaking environment where speaking can really thrive.
Speaking in another language is often stressful. Students may struggle to find things to say and ways of saying them.
The lesson enables fluency to develop through immersive speaking tasks such as telling stories and engaging in debates.
This requires a positive classroom atmosphere where students feel uninhibited and comfortable to experiment and take risks with language.
From our research, we know that teachers find it difficult to teach speaking and make time for it in the curriculum. Nevertheless, to improve their communicative competence, students need to take part in fluency-based, meaningful speaking activities.
The Time to speak lessons offer teachers the opportunity to create a safe speaking environment, and the teacher’s notes provide the support to help them do this.
Teachers discover the most effective ways to prepare students for communicative tasks, provide speaking feedback, and maximize the amount of speaking.
How can you create a safe speaking environment in your classroom?
Students who are usually shy now speak naturally because they have more time to develop their speaking. — María Azucena Rivera, Teacher, Mexico
Frequent opportunities to use smartphones expand the classroom and enable students to share up-to-date content that’s relevant to them.
Classroom activities for smartphones
I know students are going to be thrilled when they see they can scan QR codes. They love their phones and the technology that comes with them. — Claudia Dilma Piccoli, Mexico
Optional smartphone activities are integrated throughout the course to personalize the learning experience.
Practice Extra offers mobile-friendly homework activities, video, and games, covering all the language and skills development that students need.
Students can choose to study on the go or at home, and on their smartphone, desktop, or tablet.
Bite-sized activities allow students to fit learning into their busy lives.
Games and real-life videos encourage independent learning.
Teachers can easily create and manage classes and accurately track students' performance. Practice Extra is available in Cambridge One, our new digital home for learning.
Practice Extra gives teachers reliable data about their students’ performance.
Activities are carefully designed so that students’ access to answers is strictly controlled.
The design is friendly and dynamic and fits the screen perfectly.
— Patricia Villasante Garcia, Peru
With an integrated teacher development program in each Teacher’s Edition, teachers can develop their skills while their students learn. Teachers are introduced to relevant teaching techniques and guided to try them out in class.
This is an excellent tool for coordinators or directors of language programs to implement in INSET trainings for their teachers. — Lenise Butler, Mexico
Each strategy is introduced at the beginning of the unit and supported with extra development resources.
There are three development themes woven throughout each level of EVOLVE. Each one provides teachers with opportunities to expand their knowledge without demanding more of their time.
Teaching and developing speaking skills
Support in the classroom and learner management
Every school has teachers with different backgrounds and experience. These themes would be a form of faculty development.
— Matt Wilson, Japan
There are two suggested activities based on practicing the strategy within the teacher’s notes for each unit. Teachers can try out the strategy as part of their regular teaching with a practical activity thereby saving valuable time.
I found the Teacher Development activities particularly effective because they are easy to find and
they offer interesting insights.
— Diego Ribeiro Santos, Brazil
Reflection boxes at the end of every unit offer teachers the opportunity to consider the impact their teaching has had on their learners, and encourage them to make positive changes to their teaching.
The only way for a teacher to really develop is through reflection, so I believe this is extremely valuable.
— Claudia Dilma Piccoli, Mexico
Provides teachers with questions to think about or discuss with a colleague.
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