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Practical English New Edition!!

07-Oct-2021 09:57:31

Digital learning solutions for English just got even better!

It's been a while since we posted here, but it doesn't mean we haven't been busy! 

Over the past year, we've been working on a variety of upgrades to our flagship general English course, Practical English. Click here to read all the details about Practical English New Edition

Or, you might prefer letting our solutions manager Sarah tell you about the upgrades in this short video (duration - 2:30).



We haven't just added new lessons (though we've done that too!), but we've gone deep into the architecture and machine learning to make massive innovations in assessment, personalisation and engagement.

On top of that, we've added some major pedagogical improvements to lesson structures and really cool "learner-pleasing" new activity types for reading, grammar, and listening, and the feedback is great! Our educator clients are finding that the new structure complements even better what their teachers are doing in the classroom. 

Here's a summary of what makes the New Edition of Practical English:

  1. The number of lessons
  2. Lesson design and activities
  3. Assessment, machine learning, and engagement

Number of lessons

The total lesson number has increased from 350 to 420. This means we have at least 100 lessons for every level from A2 to C1! 

Lesson design and activities

  • Every lesson now has 'lead in' introduction screens which give learners more context and guidance, leading to more effective learning.
  • There are 3 brand-new specialised activities - dictation (listening), speed reading (reading), and a sentence builder (grammar).
  • We have also boosted the number of pronunciation activities by adding one to every single lesson.
  • All of this means lessons are richer and more engaging than ever before! 

Assessment, machine learning, and engagement

  • Starting with the release of Challenges in late 2020, we have been developing new ways to increase learner engagement, and it’s going great. Learners are participating in Challenges at a high rate.
  • We have used machine learning to improve our understanding of student levels and have developed tools for continual assessment.
  • Earlier this year we released level adjustment tests which give students the opportunity to test themselves and move to a more appropriate level. There’s a lot more coming in this space, so stay tuned!

Post a comment and let us know what you think... and what you want for your learners!


Ben Porter
Written by Ben Porter

Ben has been working in digital learning for more than 20 years with hundreds (maybe thousands!) of organisations across the globe from educational institutions to companies who want to train their staff. Ben is based in Japan.

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