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    Confident in learning. Confidence for life.

    Power Up is a brand new course from the bestselling author team of Caroline Nixon and Michael Tomlinson. It provides the perfect start to life's great adventure, creating 'future ready' learners who embrace life with confidence. Meet vibrant characters who students will love; foster collaboration through real-world missions; deepen learners social and cognitive skills; explore embedded exam preparation; and expand the skill-set ensuring everyone reaches their full potential.

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    Authors: Michael Tomlinson, Caroline Nixon
    CEFR Levels: A1 - B1

      Key Features  

    Develop collaboration skills and enable learners to visualise their progress with multi-stage projects set in real-life contexts.
    Familiarise learners with activity structures, task types, and strategies to practise and prepare for exams successfully.
    Provide a bridge to Secondary with the course that grows with students and has more teenage-focused topics and learning strategies in higher levels.

    Power Up 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.


    Experts together 

    Jointly published with Cambridge Assessment English, Power Up develops general English competency and prepares for Cambridge English Qualifications through age appropriate materials that reflect students' interests. 

    Natural integration of exam

    Preparing for Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers, A2 Flyers, A2 Key for Schools, B1 Preliminary for Schools? Take the stress out of international exams with embedded exams preparation and practice in clearly signposted sections.

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    Life competencies

    Power Up is the first English course to incorporate the Cambridge Framework for Life Competencies. The Framework examines social, emotional and cognitive skills at different stages of the learning journey. Power Up offers opportunities to develop the children’s competencies relevant to their age.

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    Collaborative learning and language competency 

    Much more than an English course, Power Up lessons build the skills learners need to face life’s journey with confidence. Collaborative Missions and embedded assessment practice help prepare young learners for exams and spark the cognitive and social competencies to achieve success.


    Collaborative real-life activities, prepared in stages, open and close every unit. After each stage the learners reflect on their learning and do a self-evaluation in the Activity Book. As they complete each stage they tick off the check list to see their progress.

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    Literature in every unit exposes children to different literary genres and encourages reading for pleasure. This section develops a range of emotional and social competencies.

    Ordering events in the story, prediction, identifying the main points and skimming are essential reading skills. Power Up practises them across all levels.


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    Cross curricular and culture focus

    Cross-curricular lessons focus on the language needed to understand natural and social sciences and to complete the unit Mission.

    Documentary-style videos extend the topic as children broaden their knowledge of subjects, countries and cultures around the world.

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    Videos support language learning

    Catchy chants and songs with animated videos develop a wide vocabulary range as well as language skills.

    There are two vocabulary sections in every unit, presented through attractive visuals, that aid comprehension. In lower levels the visuals are attractive illustrations and animations; in higher levels they are in photograph and video vlog format.

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    Confident in learning. Confidence for life 

    Every step of the way young learners develop language, content and life skills to embrace the life journey with confidence.

    Confident learners

    Through focused learning strategy tips, and self-assessment in every unit, young learners can see how much they have learnt. They can use this knowledge and strategies to take ownership of their learning and tackle exams without fear.

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    Confidence for life

    Collaborative projects and focus on social and emotional competencies develop young learners to become confident and better prepared to face life challenges.                                              

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      What teachers and learners say  

      What teachers  

      and learners say  

    Hande Tolunay

    Teacher, Turkey

    "[My students] love their book so much that they always want to take part in reading the stories, role playing and discussions. The discussions in class are richer and more fun."

    Yasemin Geçay

    Teacher, Turkey

    "The cross-curricular pages enrich the programme and give students wider life experiences."

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