CEFR: <A1 to A2 | GSE: 19 - 31

Sample Units

To understand how the components work together, download the scope and sequence, student book and video from the Starter level.


Online Student Book

View an online copy of the Cutting Edge 3e student book here.

Global Scale of English (GSE)

The Global Scale of English is a standardized, granular scale from 10 to 90, which measures English language proficiency. Unlike other frameworks, which describe attainment in broad bands, the Global Scale of English identifies what a learner can do at each point on the scale across speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

Visit www.english.com/gse to learn more.

Cutting Edge mapped to the GSE

The scale is designed to motivate learners by demonstrating incremental, step-by-step progress in their language ability. So as a learner progresses through Cutting Edge:

  • 24 Speaking – Can recognise and say the name of their own country, nationality and language (Elementary, Unit 1)
  • 40 Listening – Can extract essential details from short, everyday texts delivered slowly and clearly (Pre-Intermediate, Unit 6)
  • 55 Reading – Can follow chronological sequence in a formal, structured text (Intermediate, Unit 6)
  • 65 Writing – Can write a structured text clearly signalling main points and supporting details (Upper Intermediate, Unit 2)