Backpack American English

Reach into Backpack for the most complete classroom ingredients

Millions of children around the world have learned English using BACKPACK! Based on the tried and proven methodology, this course is a communicative program based on cross-curricular content and task based activities. With a robust teacher resource and assessment program, teachers love teaching English with Backpack.

Backpack is the proven seven-level course for young learners of English that offers a communicative program based on cross-curricular content and task-based activities. The new edition of Backpack incorporates the latest trends and up-to-the-minute technology.

  • 7-level course for primary school students
  • For 5 to 12 year-olds
  • Takes students from CEF A1 to B1

What is Backpack?

We listened to teachers around the world and designed Backpack to meet your teaching needs! It has a complete range of teaching tools and gives students a fun learning experience while teaching things that help them to be good social citizens.

The Teacher’s Edition helps busy teachers to teach great classes. You will love the 5-step lesson plans for each unit of the Student Book which give detailed instructions on what to do before, during, and after each lesson. The Teacher’s Edition is your personal teaching assistant.

Looking for more tools to use in the classroom? How about the Teacher’s Resource book – full of activities and fun ideas that students will love.

ExamView helps you to whip up customized tests, targeted to the needs and progress of your class.

Students want to express their ideas on paper, but it’s not always easy in a new language they are learning. Backpack 2e has a strong focus on spelling, grammar, and writing to help them become better writers.

Learning English is important for children but they also need to learn life-lessons. Backpack 2e has a values lesson in each unit, teaching students what’s right or wrong, and helping them become a better person.

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Why choose Backpack?

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Improve communication skills

Backpack's four-skills approach with solid grammar practice and a variety of pairwork and group work activties teaches real communication.


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Incorporate a variety of content

Backpack has content lessons in each unit where students learn about other subjects such as science, math and social studies using English. You can also choose to use the Backpack Content Readers which supplement the theme of every unit with extra activities.

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Extra teaching resources

The Teacher's Edition has a step-by-step guide on how to teach each lesson. For ambitious kids, use the extra activities and classroom ideas in the Teacher's Resource Book. ExamView can help you customize tests by mixing and matching question-types.

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Maintain student engagement

Packed with songs, games and projects, and a rich variety of reading genres, students won't have time to get bored. There is a great mix of activities that have your class moving around. Or how about watching video clips and assign extra activities on the CD-ROM?

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  Starter Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Student's Book  9780132452014 9780132450812 9780132450829 9780132450836
Workbook w/ Audio CD 9780132084833 9780132451253 9780132451307 9780132451048
Assessment Package w/ CDs Levels 4 - 6  - - - -
Assessment Package w/ CDs Starter  Level 3  - - - 9780132451338
Class Audio CD 9780132084772 9780132451178 9780132451260 9780132451420
DVD 9780132084789 9780132451215 9780132451284 9780132451031
Picture Cards Levels 3 - 4  - - - 9780132451321
Picture Cards Levels 5 - 6  - - - -
Picture Cards Starter - Level 2  9780132451383 9780132451383 9780132451383 -
Posters  9780132084796 9780132451222 9780132450973 9780132451413
Teacher's Book 9780132084826 9780132451246 9780132451314 9780132451055
Teacher's Resource Book Starter  Level 6 - - - -
ActiveTeach  - 9780132461634 9780132461641 9780132451369
  Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Student's Book  9780132450843 9780132450867 9780132450874
Workbook w/ Audio CD 9780132451673 9780132450164 9780132451529
Assessment Package w/ CDs Levels 4 - 6  9780132461474 9780132461474 9780132461474
Assessment Package w/ CDs Starter  Level 3  - - -
Class Audio CD 9780132451482 9780132451543 9780132451604
DVD 9780132451499 9780132451567 9780132451628
Picture Cards Levels 3 - 4  9780132451321 - -
Picture Cards Levels 5 - 6  - 9780132451390 -
Picture Cards Starter - Level 2  - - -
Posters  9780132451444 9780132451574 9780132451635
Teacher's Book 9780132451468 9780132451536 9780132451666
Teacher's Resource Book Starter  Level 6 - - 9780132451802
ActiveTeach  9780132461658 9780132461672 9780132461689

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