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  • Shape It!

    With Shape It!, teens develop the confidence and competencies they need to pave their own path in an ever-evolving global landscape.

    Help students take ownership of their learning with Shape It! The combination of learner training and collaborative projects enables students to develop their individual and collaborative skills and become more confident, independent learners. Shape It! ensures that students will be more motivated to take charge of their own learning, empowering them to shape their own futures. It features vibrant global topics, a focus on developing life competencies and learner autonomy and is supported by powerful digital tools and an abundant range of videos.

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    Authors: Claire Thacker, Stuart Cochrane, Samantha Lewis, Daniel Vincent
    CEFR Levels: A1+ - B1+

      Key Features  

    Develop skills to think creatively, analyse critically and communicate effectively using the Cambridge Life Competencies Framework.
    Practice the skills required to be able to work effectively with others on collaborative projects.
    Get inspired through global, cross-curricular topics and over forty videos per level.
    The Learn to Learn feature of the course helps you to develop vital learning strategies and techniques to become an independent learner.
    Practice your skills with the cutting-edge digital collaboration space and the mobile-friendly Practice Extra.
    Extensive support for teachers of mixed ability classes includes a Teacher’s Resource Bank on Cambridge One.

    Shape It! 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.


    Dynamic content; powerful support 

    Fully-supported content developing students' knowledge and skills for the real world.

    All your digital tools in one place!

    With Shape It!, everything you need is accessible through Cambridge One:

    • Presentation Plus - accessible online and offline.
    • Teacher's Resource Bank with extensive extra grammar, skills and project worksheets, plus instant tests.
    • Practice Extra - Learn and teach on the go, with mobile-friendly practice, games and gradebook.
    • Collaboration Plus, where students can work together from home, and where teachers can set, track and assess students’ work.

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    Travel the world with your learners

    Shape It! has a global, cultural focus, with topics from traditional festivals to unique foods. The documentaries and the Around the World pages bring these global topics to life, introducing students to people and places from around the world, and asking questions which encourage students to think about the similarities and differences between their culture and other cultures.

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    Preparing for the future through collaborative projects

    Project work is integrated into the course, enabling students to consolidate the language and skills they have developed and demonstrate their learning in a fun, personalised way. From designing their own food truck to presenting results of a class survey, these ready-made projects will help students gain valuable collaborative and creative skills.

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    Grab learners' attention with over 40 videos per level

    Shape It! includes four or five high-quality videos per unit designed to activate prior knowledge and provide a context for language learning.

    • Documentaries introduce every unit; a great way to get students thinking about the unit topic.
    • Language in Action vlog-style videos make teaching grammar fun!
    • Everyday English videos appear on the speaking pages with teenagers using authentic English from the speaking dialogue.

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    Creating confident, future-ready learners 

    The Learn to Learn feature of the course is designed to introduce students to vital learning strategies and techniques, helping them become more independent, lifelong learners.

    Encourage collaboration

    The project work in Shape it! allows students to…

    • Build collaborative skills, such as communication, teamwork and leadership.
    • Acquire practical, transferrable skills associated with different types of projects, like doing research and making presentations.
    • Choose and explore areas that they are interested in, thereby increasing their motivation.
    • Engage with the real-world issues as projects are often interdisciplinary and based on real world scenarios.

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    Promote independent learning

    The Learn to Learn feature of the course is designed to introduce students to vital learning strategies and techniques, helping them become more independent, lifelong learners.

    As well as the Learn to Learn features that appear throughout the course, there is a dedicated Learn to Learn page in every unit, allowing for thorough development of vital study skills.

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    Mixed-ability support

    In Shape It! there is extensive support for teachers with mixed-ability classes, including the following:

    • Signposting to extra activities for fast-finishers.
    • Graded workbook activities for different levels of challenge.
    • Teacher’s Book notes provide suggestions for grading activities for different abilities.
    • Project Book teacher’s notes provide specific suggestions for differentiated instruction.

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    Research-Informed and Classroom Tested 

    Shape It! draws on extensive research directly involving teachers and students in real classrooms around the world.

    Shaped by real teachers and students

    We visited dozens of schools around the world to develop a deep understanding of how teachers are preparing the next generation to be confident, collaborative, future-ready learners.

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    Aligned to the Cambridge Life Competencies Framework

    The Cambridge Life Competencies Framework underpins the syllabus for the Learn to Learn pages and the collaborative project work in Shape It!. Other competency areas of the framework are explored throughout the course, preparing learners for their exciting futures.

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    Corpus research: a billion words and counting

    Shape It! is supported by the Cambridge English Corpus, a vast database of how contemporary English is used and how language works. This means we can:

    • Identify words and phrases that occur most frequently - these are words that learners need to know.
    • Look at word patterns and make sure we teach the most useful phrases and collocates. -anticipate the most common errors made by speakers of just about any other language, and provide the appropriate level of support.
    • Make sure our materials contain appropriate content for a particular level or exam.

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    Online collaboration tasks with teenagers Posted by Laura Sigsworth We all know the benefits of project work. Students get to explore real-world cross-curricular topics, pra…

    Using projects to develop teens' social responsibility and global awareness Posted by Simon Cupit What do teenagers need to be successful? At school, they are expected to try their best, listen to teache…

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