Exploring First Certificate

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Exploring First Certificate

‘Exploring First Certificate’ follows on directly from ‘Exploring English 4’, drawing together all students have learned so that they are ready to progress to the Upper Intermediate level.

Key Features


Unit Format

Syllabus Based on Common European Framework

C.E.F B2+

Key Features

Appeals to Target Age Group

  • Lively, colorful pages in ‘teen magazine’ style
  • ‘Comic-strip’ stories with teenage characters

Grammar Presented Clearly

  • The grammar presented clearly and simply in boxes
  • Structures practiced in meaningful contexts
  • Through recycling

Useful Vocabulary

  • Useful vocabulary constantly recycled
  • Students not overloaded with unnecessary words

Students Get Lots of Encouragement to Talk

  • Topics allow students to talk about themselves and express opinions 
  • Students learn idiomatic, conversational English

Help for the Teacher

  • Teacher’s Books with unit plans and extra activities
  • Test Booklet available for every level


Exploring First Certificate English Book Bundle
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For the Student:

  • a Coursebook
  • a Task Book

For the Teacher:

  • a Teacher’s Book containing teaching notes, guidance on classroom procedures, answers to the exercises, extra activities, and photocopiable material for extra practice.
  • a Teacher’s Guide giving suggestions for exploiting the Coursebook material and ideas for further activities, together with Photocopiable Material.
  • A Task Book with Answers in full color, with answers shown in place.
  • Digital Material is containing recordings of all dialogues, reading passages, plus the Listening exercises and the Language Spot pronunciation drills.
  • Interactive Whiteboard Software material for the classroom environment
  • a Test Booklet with tests on each block of four units. There are three separate, parallel versions of each test, allowing the teacher to give pupils sitting next to each other different tests if desired.

Unit Format

  • Each 16-page unit is based on a theme such as Feelings and Emotions, World Issues, Health, and Body, etc. Units are divided into four parts (Reading, Use of English, Speaking and Listening, Listening, and Writing), and each part begins with a reading passage or a dialogue (all these are recorded on the Digital Material).
  • The unit then continues with a variety of exercises covering not only grammar and vocabulary but also such topics as prepositions, phrasal verbs, word formation, collocations, words easily confused, and common mistakes.
  • Each unit also has a large number of speaking, listening, and writing skills exercises for which full guidance is given.
  • There is a Vocabulary Development section on most pages, listing idioms in alphabetical order and building into an ‘idioms dictionary’. A useful Grammar Reference section at the back of the book lists grammar points in tabular form.
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