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    Second Edition

    Unlock your academic potential with this six-level, academic-light English course created to build the skills and language students need for their studies (CEFR Pre-A1 to C1).

    It develops students' ability to think critically in an academic context right from the start of their language learning. Every level has 100% new inspiring video on a range of academic topics.

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    Product Details

    Authors: Kate Adams, Lida Baker, Robyn Brinks Lockwood, Stephanie Dimond-Bayir, Nancy Jordan, Alan S Kennedy, Lewis Lansford, Michele Lewis, Richard O’Neill, Sabina Ostrowska, Emma Pathare, Gary Pathare, Susan Peterson, Kimberley Russell, Chris Sowton, Carolyn Westbrook, N.M. White, Jessica Williams
    CEFR Levels: A0 - C1

      Key Features  

    Critical thinking is at the heart of the course, fostering the skills and strategies your students need to tackle academic tasks when gathering and evaluating information, organizing and presenting their ideas, and then reflecting on them.
    The Classroom App is integrated into every unit and maximizes learning by offering extra speaking, language and critical thinking skills activities specific to each unit.
    The all-new Teacher’s Manual and Development Pack supports your teaching with flexible lesson plans, learning objectives and additional activities. The pack is a single manual for levels 1-5 so that every answer key and additional activity are conveniently in one book.
    Self-development material - Build your confidence with the teacher development material on Developing critical thinking skills in your students and become more familiar with Unlock’s content and approach using the online course, Teaching with Unlock Second Edition, which can be found in the Cambridge Learning Management System.
    Our multi-billion word Cambridge English Corpus illustrates language as it is really used and highlights the challenges your students might meet with the target language. This ensures the course content is relevant and up to date.
    The course is tailored to your needs and the needs of your students thanks to the extensive market research we have carried out with a global panel of ELT professionals. By listening to the needs of the teacher and student, we have developed a highly robust course.

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    Better Learning is our simple approach where deeper insights help shape richer content that drives stronger results.

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      Insights  

    Extensive Research 

    We’ve listened to teachers all around the world and made changes so that Unlock Second Edition better supports students along the way to academic success.

    Collaboration with Teachers

    For Unlock Second Edition we have carried out in-depth research working closely with a global panel of ELT professionals. By listening to the needs of the teacher and student, we have developed an even more robust course.

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    Corpus research

    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. For the Second Edition we have refined our vocabulary syllabus using our exclusive Corpus research.

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    Critical thinking

    Critical thinking in Unlock Second Edition is informed by a range of academic research from Bloom in the 1950s, to Krathwohl and Anderson in the 2000s, to more recent considerations relating to 21st Century Skills. 

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      Content  

    Academic skills 

    Unlock enables learners to develop the academic skills and language that will lead them to success in their studies.

    Teacher’s manual and development pack

    A single manual for levels 1-5 so that every answer key and additional activity are conveniently in one book.

    Teacher development material in every unit entitled Developing critical thinking skills in your students, including teacher development objectives, in-practice activities and opportunities for review and self-evaluation.

    Classroom app

    The Unlock Second Edition Classroom App offers extra, motivating practice in speaking, critical thinking and language.

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    New inspiring videos

    Every level has 100% new video on a range of academic topics to motivate students, promote discussion and review language learned. 

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      Results  

    Reliable tests you can trust 

    Students can see their progress benchmarked to international standards.

    Academic skills

    Students are better placed to achieve academic success thanks to Unlock’s development of both their academic language and their critical thinking skills.

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    Tests

    A range of tests are available so that you can check your students’ progress with confidence.

     

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      What teachers and learners say  

      What teachers  


      and learners say  

    Sarah Ali

    Senior tutor (EAP), United Kingdom

    "The books introduce academic subject areas, which better prepare our students for the next stage and gives them an opportunity to use more academic skills at their level."

    Takayuki Hara

    Associate Professor, Japan

    "I think the new Teacher’s Development Pack content is very attractive and very informative. It also has a really neat layout."

    Salima Al-Hadithi

    Teacher, UAE

    "Unlock is the best textbook I have ever taught with. It contains a variety of topics that provide students with a wide range of vocabulary. Students are totally involved, which guarantees effective learning. Unlock helps to encourage and empower the students’ critical thinking."

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