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    Cambridge English Empower is a general English course for adult and young adult learners which combines course content from Cambridge University Press with validated assessment from the experts at Cambridge Assessment English.

    Empower's unique mix of engaging classroom materials and reliable assessment, with personalised online practice, enables learners to make consistent and measurable progress.

    What impact is Empower having on schools and colleges around the world? Find out what teachers and students are saying about the course and look at the progress they are making with data and video testimonials from four impact studies.

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    Authors: Adrian Doff, Craig Thaine, Herbert Puchta, Jeff Stranks, Peter Lewis-Jones
    CEFR Levels: A1 - C1

      Key Features  

    A course book with thought-provoking images and texts and engaging video, designed to generate an emotional response; all helping teachers to deliver motivating and memorable lessons.
    Assessment developed and validated by the experts at Cambridge Assessment English; rigorously pre-tested to ensure it is accurate, meaningful and fair.
    Personalised learning paths outside of the classroom give students targeted practice, ensuring they spend their time on what they need most, and keeping them motivated and engaged.
    Teachers are provided with a full digital package in one place: Learning Management System plus web tools and clear step-by-step guidance on how to use these tools in the modern classroom. This ultimately allows teachers to spend more time on preparing and delivering high-quality lessons.
    Manageable learning with a syllabus that teachers can trust, with Corpus-informed content and alignment to the CEFR, so that learners can clearly and measurably see their own progress in each of the four language skills.

    Cambridge English 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.


    Validated assessment, CEFR reports and personalised practice 

    A unique Learning Oriented Assessment (LOA) approach uses assessment to inform teaching and learning.

    What Impact could Empower have for you?

    What impact is Empower having on schools and colleges around the world? Find out what teachers and students are saying about the course and look at the progress they are making with data and video testimonials from four impact studies.

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    Assessment that informs teaching and learning

    Tests developed and validated by Cambridge English, 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.

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    Personalised practice after every unit test

    There is a unit progress tests for every unit of the course, focusing on the core grammar, vocabulary and functional language from the unit. After each test, students are directed to personalised practice, depending on the score they achieved, so they focus on the areas that will benefit them most.

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    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.

    Time-saving calculator

    Try our useful time-saving calculator to find out how much time Cambridge English Empower can save you versus marking paper-based tests.

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    Classroom materials that inspire 

    The Student's Book contains thought-provoking content which is designed to generate an emotional response and get learners and teachers enjoying the class right from the start. There's also support to make the teaching process a motivating and enjoyable one. 

    Learner engagement

    Each unit opens with a striking image to grab attention and inspire curiosity.

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    Real-world communication

    Based on our language research, Empower contains spoken and written tasks which are relevant and useful for real life communication.


    Digital tools

    The Cambridge Learning Management System (CLMS) includes:

    • An online workbook with extra practice activities for each lesson
    • Automatically-marked speaking, listening, reading and writing tests
    • Personalised practice activities based on unit progress test scores with optional extension activities
    • Gradebook, so you can see class progress at a glance or analyse in depth
    • Forum, Blog, Message board and Calendar tools

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    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. This includes formal, informal, written and spoken language from expert speakers. It also includes the Cambridge Learner Corpus, a unique collection of exam scripts written by students taking Cambridge English exams all over the world.

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    Benchmarked to the CEFR

    English Profile is a ground-breaking collaborative research programme, which aims to describe the specific language that learners need in order to perform the ‘can do’ statements in each Council of Europe Framework of Reference (CEFR) level.

    By using English Profile in the development of Cambridge English Empower, you can be sure that each level is carefully benchmarked to the CEFR.

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      What teachers and learners say  

      What teachers  

      and learners say  

    Helen Dennis-Smith, Wimbledon School of English

    Teacher, UK

    "The best bit for me is the Everyday English sections — I really enjoy teaching with the video clips. The situations are hilarious and always make the students laugh, which is a great start to the class!"

    Tam Connors-Sadek, The University of Sheffield

    Director of Studies, Intensive Summer Programme, UK

    " The more we used Empower and explored the online platform, the more we realised that this was far more than ‘just another new book’ and is potentially a game-changer."

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    Assessing student progress Posted by Nailia Abdullina Nailia Abdullina, a teacher at ITMO University in Russia took part in an impact study, using our Empower …

    Empowering teachers for the digital future Posted by Luiz Rose Luiz Rose reflects on Anna Llyod and Andrew Nye’s talk at a Cambridge conference held last year, wh…

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