Unlock is a five-level academic skills course that combines carefully scaffolded exercises, a comprehensive approach to critical thinking and motivating video.
The course offers targeted skills development for students in an academic context.
Its principled approach to critical thinking skills supports learners by giving them the tools they will need to analyse information, generate ideas, formulate their own opinions and express themselves effectively in speaking and writing tasks.
Unlock levels 1-4 contain Discovery Education video.
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Authors: Sabina Ostrowska, Richard O’Neill, Carolyn Westbrook, Chris Sowton, N.M. White, Stephanie Dimond-Bayir, Lewis Lansford, Emma Pathare, Gary Pathare
CEFR Levels: A1 - B2
Key FeaturesEvery unit of Unlock opens with a visually stunning and inspiring Discovery EducationTM video (supplied on the Teacher's DVD that is packaged with the Teacher's Book). These are used in every unit to introduce original angles on a range of academic topics. The videos promote discussion, motivate and engage learners, and help to ensure that you are working with materials which lead to real achievements in the classroom.The critical thinking sections in Unlock are based on Benjamin Bloom’s classification of learning objectives (Bloom’s Taxonomy). These sections allow your learners to develop the lower and higher order thinking skills that are essential for success in an academic context.Unlock has been developed using the Cambridge Learner Corpus, Cambridge Academic Corpus, and the English Vocabulary Profile. This guarantees that the language presented to your learners in Unlock is both up-to-date and relevant as it means our authors can see how English is used, identify common mistakes made by learners at a given level, and get additional information on the vocabulary that should be covered at each CEFR level.
See how Unlock enables Better Learning experiences
Better Learning is our simple approach where deeper insights help shape richer content that drives stronger results.
Unlock enables learners to develop the academic skills and language that will lead them to success in their studies.
Language development sections
Research-informed language development sections provide the vocabulary and grammar students find most challenging.
Inspiring videos in every unit motivate students to promote discussion and review language learned.
The most useful language at the right point in the learning journey that is up-to-date and relevant to students' level and academic needs.
Collaboration with Teachers
Unlock has been developed in collaboration with teachers in a number of countries to ensure that the content meets students’ language and academic needs.
Unlock has been informed by the Cambridge Learner Corpus, Cambridge Academic Corpus, and the English Vocabulary Profile. This guarantees that the language presented to your learners in Unlock is both up-to-date and relevant.
Unlock Basic Level
The Unlock Basic level has been developed for pre-A1 learners. 'Unlock Basic Skills' and 'Unlock Basic Literacy'.
ResultsReliable tests you can trust
Students can see their progress benchmarked to international standards.
Students are better placed to achieve academic success thanks to Unlock’s development of both their academic language and their critical thinking skills.
A range of tests are available so that you can check your students’ progress with confidence.
Extensive academic vocabulary
“After using Unlock I’ve noticed that our students have a higher readability level, as well as an extensive academic vocabulary bank”.
Phoebe Hindi, English Curriculum Developer, Applied Technology High Schools, IAT. Abu Dhabi, UAE
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