Guess What! British English
Are you ready to explore?
Beautiful world photography, captivating real-life video and interest-grabbing CLIL topics take young learners on a remarkable journey to explore the world as they learn English.
Why do whales jump out of water? What makes our bodies move? Guess What! has the answers. This highly visual six-level course taps into children's natural curiosity and sparks their interest through content-based topics, beautiful photography, and captivating video. It takes them on a remarkable journey of exploration and discovery as they learn English. The syllabus mapped to the Cambridge English: Young Learners exams, and emphasis on self-reflection ensure children have the necessary support to enjoy learning and achieve great results. The focus on functional language provides learners with the tools they need to use English in and outside of school while lively stories prepare for success in life with social values. The digital support in Guess What! enables teachers to explore the material in new ways thanks to the interactive Presentation Plus software, extra online practice in the Cambridge Learning Management System and online digital teacher training course.
Authors: Susannah Reed, Kay Bentley
CEFR Levels: A1 - A2
Key FeaturesWorld photography sparks children’s interest in the topics.Content lessons with video documentaries enhance children's subject knowledge and listening skills.Adventure stories entertain and instill social values.Focus on functional language and pronunciation develops speaking confidence while YLE benchmarked syllabus ensures exams success.Interactive Online Resources help create strong home-school connection.Lively songs and chants make learning enjoyable and memorable.Teacher support with Presentation Plus and free digital teacher training course in the Cambridge LMS.
See how Guess What! British English enables Better Learning experiences
Better Learning is our simple approach where deeper insights help shape richer content that drives stronger results.
ContentAre you ready to explore?
Beautiful photography, captivating video, and interest-grabbing CLIL-based topics take English learners on a fascinating journey of exploration and discovery.
Tapping into natural curiosity to spark interest
Children are full of questions and naturally curious about the world around them.
• Through the power of beautiful photography in the Unit openers and Content lessons Guess What! taps into this curiosity and sparks interest in topics from across the curriculum.
• Captivate learners' attention with video featuring fascinating parts of our world, presented by young, dynamic presenters.
Language needs to be meaningful
Guess WHat! supports language production by providing tools for interpersonal and academic communication, focusing on BICS (Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills) and CALP (Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency):
• Functional mini-dialogues, 'Talk time', teach natural conversation skills in English;
• Content (CLIL) lessons teach subject specific language.
Building confidence in every lesson
Language is presented in clear manageable chunks making the activities challenging but achievable.
• ‘Say it’ sections improve pronunciation and spelling thanks to focus on sounds of English and the relation between the sounds and letters
• Plenty of practice, recycling and revision opportunities reinforce key language and skills. Each lesson in the Pupil’s Book is reinforced by activities in the Activity Book and online practice, and there is a revision spread every two units.
Improve proficiency across content areas
The topics are selected from the common subjects in the wider primary curriculum. Each level builds on the cross-curricular content of the previous levels in order to systematically develop children's knowledge.
● Content lessons with video documentaries improve proficiency across content areas.
● Input-rich videos not only deepen understanding of CLIL concepts but also improve listening skills.
● Project at the end of each content lesson consolidate children’s subject knowledge and language skills in a creative way, helping to develop creative thinking.
InsightsMaterials that spark interest and support learning
Children are natural explorers. They have an insatiable curiosity about the world around them and are eager to learn and talk about topics that interest them. Guess What! taps to children's natural curiosity and creates opportunities for meaningful communication by providing stimulating visuals, topics and language tools.
Achievable challenges are motivating
Experimenting with language is an important part of learning making the achievement of success all the greater. Guess What! ensures learning opportunities are plentiful, clear and targeted.
Syllabus you can trust
Guess What! language and skills are benchmarked to the international standards of Starters and Movers supporting learners who wish to sit the international tests.
Meaningful, socially useful language
Because many learners have limited exposure to English, opportunities for communication need to be engaging and meaningful. Guess What! provides children with both academic and socially useful language so that learners can apply it to their daily situations st achool and in the playground.
Visual Learning and Curiosity
Strong impactful images trigger curiosity and encourage the learner to find out more. By building on prior knowledge and expanding out to the wider world the child develops a deeper appreciation of their world and a reason to learn.
ResultsNourishing natural curiosity, nourishing a drive to learning
By activating curiosity through powerful thought-provoking imagery we provide Better Learning opportunities. Ensuring the language and tasks are manageable but challenging will help increase the learners' motivation and provide a Better environment for learning.
Motivating learners through meaningful and socially useful language
By making the language and tasks meaningful to the child's reality by differentiating between social and academic language we aim to provide better motivation.
Developing social skills for success in life
Stories are a powerful vehicle to stimulate children's imagination and to illustrate social values. The adventure stories in Guess What! prepare children for success in life by teaching them collaboration, communication, responsibility and respect towards the others and the world.
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