The course includes 11 English-speaking areas around the world, and therefore avoids a concentration on Britain, which is common in much material for English learners.
It is rich material where the students are offered high quality photos, texts about a wide range of topics, films where young people from Britain and USA with different kinds of English tell about their life, vocabulary learning, reading, listening, writing and speaking exercises.
The students can also test themselves through quizzes. They can record themselves in the speaking exercises, and they can save their own written texts; these opportunities make it possible to control their speaking and writing skills. All texts are read aloud to the students.
Many of the exercises are meant to be done in pairs.
The texts are in two versions, one more complicated than the other, and provide for differentiation.
The topics offer knowledge about young people in many parts of the world, and also about geography, history, and culture in a way that is suitable for the age group. Many of the topics provide good opportunities for discussions in the classroom.
A positive feature is that first nation people have a prominent place in the material. English is used as the instruction language.
A rich teacher's guide can be downloaded as a pdf.
It is easy to navigate through the different modules of the course.
The digital resource is clearly structured, easy to open and navigate.
Each of the 3 main areas has a similar structure which helps students to work with the resource both in school and independently.
An interdisciplinary aspect is one of its strong features, as learning English is combined with geography, history, art, etc.
The resource successfully develops social and emotional skills as it invites students to discuss, debate and explain various perspectives. Tasks and activities include role-play, pair work, and group discussions.
There is great variety of topics - presented in videos, audio recordings and pictures.
In the Mini movies section, difficulty level is clearly indicated on the front page.
Students are provided with an immediate feedback as they work with the resources since all tasks include assessment of progress and check correct answers.
Very inspiring choice of movies and pictures which present the English speaking countries.
The cultural areas in the widest sense of the words are well chosen and very well presented in various inspiring ways.