A good mix of humorous illustrations and photos from the English speaking world.
A good combination of fiction & non-fiction; many genres represented - also in the CDs as well as verbal and non-verbal language (illustrations), especially when new words are introduced.
Diversity and multiculturalism are strongly represented throughout.
Sensible content structure, and clear separation of basic mathematical skills (different workbooks).
The teacher's guide contains well-thought-out statements concerning the rationale, selection and presentation of topics: a proposal for the distribution of the content over the school year, statements concerning differentiation / individualisation, a selection of motivating lessons (""to gather experiences"") to be distributed over the school year by the teacher.
The material is highly flexible as teachers can easily choose from many resources.
Encourages pupil activity through many different tasks and games and provides opportunities for differentiation.
Eight mathematical competences are effectively introduced into the tasks (e.g. formalization and problem solving).
The learners are asked to create their own mathematical tasks, thereby challenging the other learners to formulate similar tasks.
The teacher's guide is impressively comprehensive.
A wide variety of tasks and exercises (at different level of difficulty) provides numerous opportunities for developing pupils' linguistic skills - reading, listening, writing, speaking.
A particularly relevant selection of texts, reflected in a variety of genres and 'additional materials' - historical and contextual references, articles, letters, quotes - all provide further useful and explanatory information to the main literary text.
Questions and tasks link issues and problems of the past depicted in literary texts with present times and make them relevant for today.
An innovative learning approach to history which effectively introduces the learner to the use of historical data and encourages him/her to acquire and apply practical history skills (e.g. learner's manual pages 158/159).
The Digital Teacher's Guide, which includes a large variety of resources, teaching tips, and tests as well different kinds of web-based exercises, is particularly well designed, providing the teacher with a wealth of materials to easily adapt the course to learners of different abilities or needs.
Navigation is clear, simple and attractive.
This is a very interesting mother tongue textbook. It discusses a set of topics particularly relevant to students of this age: sports, theatre, music, design, as well as linguistics.
Although this is a language textbook, graphics, tables and films are extensively used.
The textbook efficiently teaches learners how to communicate via text, speech, even how to efficiently read newspapers etc.
Another very valuable aspect of the textbook is its contribution to the socialisation of learners.
The intercultural approach that takes into consideration global business contexts is very strong: it exposes students to different native and non-native English speech patterns and the material highlights cross-cultural differences and intercultural issues like directness/politeness or negotiating practices.
Transferability from classroom to real-life is particularly well treated. The material presents relevant, real-life and up-to-date business contexts and it encourages students to bring their own work situation and experiences into the classroom.
The e-material enable the users to take advantage of a wide range of very relevant, effective digital learning strategies, including practical activities and tools (note taking, word searching, etc.).
The well designed Learning Management Platform gives the teacher numerous opportunities to support, differentiate, consolidate, assess or extend the learners' work.
The large number and variety of learning strategies and activities provided on this course really caters for different types and levels of learners, with diverse learning styles, to approach a particular topic.
Using the concepts of 'story cards' (how to spot the elements of a text), 'person cards' (how to characterize a person) and 'story mountains' (how to become aware of the structure of a text) really helps to raise the awareness of the contents of fairy tales and fables.
Giving the opportunity to listen to each text while reading, is certainly a strong feature.
Both written and oral language are used in the instructions; this reinforces the tasks to be completed.
The tasks give students possibilities for both creativity and reflection.
Humorous and child friendly design with bright colours.
The design and the functionality of the application which give the students the feeling of playing a game really helps motivation.
Clear instructions are read aloud to the user.
Feedback is given immediately after the exercises.
There are exercises with tasks that have more than one possible answer.
The teacher can assess the work of the students and monitor their progress and development.
The strongest point of the material is the detailed and comprehensive methodological guide on assessing and rating art work and art projects.
The teachers' handbook provides a very thorough description of different approaches and principles, all of them clearly promoting the idea that assessment is not a self-serving tool for the teacher, but another way to engage, motivate and further encourage students' individual development: learning to cooperate, work independently, make decisions and apply theoretical knowledge when solving practical problems.
The material places strong emphasis on clarifying teaching goals and objectives, not only in the teachers' handbook, but also in the textbook. This helps students to tune in to the material and encourages them to consciously think about what they are learning and why it can be motivating.
Examples of art from outside Europe are included as well as different art forms.