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    Second Edition

    Content you love. Assessment you can trust.

    Empower Second Edition combines up-to-date content from expert authors with validated, CEFR-aligned assessment to measure progress.

    Your adult and young adult learners will develop all four skills through this six-level British English course, further enhanced with online content in our Cambridge One platform. The robust assessment, integrated into the course, means learners are always working towards a measurable goal. 

    For the American English edition of Empower, please visit this link.

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    Authors: Craig Thaine, Adrian Doff, Peter Anderson, Lynda Edwards, Tim Foster, Ruth Gairns, Rachel Godfrey, Peter Lewis-Jones, Rob McLarty, Julian Oakley, Herbert Puchta, Stuart Redman, Wayne Rimmer, Jeff Stranks
    CEFR Levels: A1 - C1

      Key Features  

    A series of documentary style videos (in addition to the Lesson C videos) bring English to life in authentic, real-world contexts. These high-interest supplementary videos are thematically linked to the topics and language of each unit and come with a downloadable worksheet.
    Reliable, accurate and meaningful End-of-unit tests, mid- and end-of-course competency tests provided by the world leaders in language assessment. A CEFR test report is provided which reliably benchmarks the learner’s level in each of the four skills.
    A Student’s Book and eBook with thought-provoking images and texts and engaging video, designed to generate an emotional response; all helping teachers to deliver motivating and memorable lessons.

    Empower is part of a learning experience that could only come from Cambridge

    It's shaped by unique insights from our extensive research and expertise, all to enable teachers to do what they do best - teach - and learners to reach their full potential.


    Making learning manageable 

    The most useful and relevant language at the right point in the learning journey.

    Research-informed syllabus

    The language in the course is informed by our unique multi-billion-word language database, the Cambridge English Corpus, which includes formal, informal, written and spoken language. It also includes the Cambridge Learner Corpus, a unique collection of exam scripts written by students taking Cambridge English exams all over the world.

    With expert insight into what language items learners can understand at each Council of Europe Framework of Reference (CEFR) level, you can be confident that your students are encountering the most relevant language at the right point in their learning journey.

    Benchmarked to the CEFR

    English Profile is a research program helping educators understand what aspects of English are learned at each CEFR level. The insights from this ground-breaking initiative informed the development of the course, meaning that each level in Empower Second edition is accurately benchmarked to the CEFR.

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    Classroom materials that inspire 

    Thought-provoking content and real-world communication activities engage teachers and learners from the very first page of each unit.

    Classroom materials that inspire

    Each unit begins with a striking image to inspire curiosity, along with clear learning objectives that give an immediate sense of purpose. Students start the unit motivated to learn and with an understanding of the language goals they are working towards.

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    Real-world communication

    The world-leading language research behind Empower Second edition means you can feel assured that your students are learning the most relevant language for real-life written and spoken communication.

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    Explore Cambridge One

    Find everything you need in one place: the Cambridge One digital learning environment contains a range of activities, resources, and tools, plus an eBook version of the Student's Book. All content is accessible via mobile devices and laptop/desktop computers.

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    Validated assessment and CEFR reports 

    Robust assessment to inform teaching and learning.

    Real-world impact on achievement

    Impact studies with users of the first edition of Empower provide evidence of positive impact and progress. Students showed a significant improvement in language ability between the mid- and end-of-course tests, with the average learner improving by half a CEFR band. 

    Hear what students and teachers around the world have to say about learning with Empower. 

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    Assessment that informs teaching and learning

    The tests within Empower Second edition are developed and validated by Cambridge Assessment, the world-leaders in language assessment – so you know the results are reliable. The rigorous validation process involved over 35,000 trials in 43 countries to ensure that all tests are accurate, meaningful and fair.

    Mid- and end-of-course CEFR reports

    Skills-based mid- and end-of-course tests are also included. Learners are provided with a unique CEFR report which reliably benchmarks their level in each of the four skills, and provides clear evidence of progress made during the course.

      What teachers and learners say  

      What teachers  

      and learners say  

    Anastasiia Nikulenko

    Director of Foreign Language Training Centre, ITMO University, Russia

    "We started using the tests provided by Empower and the students started showing better results from the very beginning. "

    Maria Julia

    Student, Instituto da Língua Inglesa, Brazil

    "I feel more motivated after I started using Empower because now I feel confident to talk, to speak in English with other people. I don’t get shy. "

    Meleri Hughes

    Lecturer, Grwp Llandrillo Menai, Wales

    "It is a really fantastic course and has been a real life saver - particularly during the pandemic. The fabulous resources, the incredible online material plus all the additional materials made online delivery so easy and was of enormous benefit to the students."

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