Big English just got bigger!

Designed for achieving results, Big English 2nd Edition (American English) delivers comprehensive English language acquisition alongside CLIL and broader life skills, supported by unique online digital teacher and student resources.

The 2nd Edition features improved digital tools, clearer designs for students and mapping to the Global Scale of English.

  • 6 level course: for primary school pupils
  • Suitable for: 6 to 12 year olds
  • Takes students from CEFR: <A1 to B1
  • GSE range: 14 to 47

“Students are engaged in what they are expected to learn and are provided with more opportunities to show what they know and can do, at a deeper cognitive level.”

Mario Herrera, Big English Author.

Developed by leading authors Mario Herrera and Christopher Sol Cruz

Authors Mario Herrera and Christopher Sol Cruz have more than 30 years’ experience in ELT and bring proven expertise. 

Together, they have developed top quality content for Big English 2nd Edition, designed to inspire and motivate primary students to learn English.

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Mario Herrera author of Big English

Enhancements to the 3 educational pillars at the core of Big English

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)

  • New CLIL pages in the Student Book, containing up-to- date material to better engage learners by reflecting their interests.
  • New Big TV as a innovative way to digitally deliver CLIL to students. It consists of 52 videos that use content from different news outlets, to match the themes of the Student Book Content Connections pages. It also features a printed video workbook and a bank of teacher notes.

In-built Assessment for Learning (AfL)

  • There are opportunities to review progress at every stage with inbuilt Assessment forLearning (AfL) in the Student Book and Teacher Book.
  • The assessment pack includes Cambridge Young Learner assessment type activities, plus pre-tests, practice tests, unit tests, final exams and materials for oral assessment.

21st Century Skills

 
  • 21st Century Skills, embedded throughout the course, help students develop essential skills for life, such as Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity and Digital Literacy.
  • 21st Century Skills are signposted sections in the teaching notes. There is also a Think Big feature that appears 3-5 times each unit.

"It’s not only about learning English, it’s also about preparing contributing citizens for the future. Students learn not just to use English to communicate, but also to express their opinions, collaborate with others, defend their points of view and present their ideas with full confidence!"

- Mario Herrera, Big English Author.

How has Big English just got Bigger?

New digital tools for teachers and students

  • New front-of-class Digital Teacher Presentation Tool to help teachers plan more easily and get the most out of all course components.
  • New Teacher online portal to support effective lesson planning, giving direct access to additional worksheets, audio and video files and interactive game resources.
  • New Student online portal to extend learning beyond the classroom, enabling students to complete homework and monitor progress.
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New extra-clear design helps students focus on learning

  • New design helps students more easily focus on the content and activities within the course.
  • Lesson Flow feature helps teachers plan more easily and get the most out of all course components, providing a seamless link between print and digital components of the course.
  • Clearly signposts videos and online activities to support effective lesson delivery and learning.

Mapped to the Global Scale of English (GSE)

  • Aligned to the CEFR, Pearson’s GSE offers extra precision in measuring a student’s understanding and capability in their English language studies.
  • GSE reading, listening, speaking, and writing objectives are at the start of every unit. The GSE assessment criteria has also been used to develop the teacher assessment pack.

Pearson Test of English - Young Learners

Pearson Test of English for Young Learners (PTE YL) provides fun English language assessment for students aged six to 13, delivered by Edexcel, the UK's largest examining body. There are four different levels of PTE Young Learners, to suit students from pre-A1 to A2 level on the Common European Framework of Reference. The tests assess a young learner's ability to use English language communicatively, with an emphasis on real-life scenarios rather than on knowledge of specific language items and vocabulary.

Big English prepares learners for the requirements found in the PTEYL - First Words, Springboard, Quickmarch and Breakthrough.

Big English & PTE Young Learners Correlation Chart

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