Focus British Second Edition

Success in and out of the classroom

Focus Second Edition is an even richer version of the best-selling English language learning series for upper secondary students.

The new course retains the best of the first edition - a unique vocabulary building programme and the 3Ms methodology. It enhances this with BBC video content and more thorough Use of English preparation, to offer everything teachers and students need to achieve success, in and out of the classroom. 

With Focus Second Edition students will be motivated and engaged by the authentic content; they will be strong in all language and life skills, and prepared well for achieving great exam results.


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  • Language: British English
  • Levels: 5
  • Teaching hours: 3-5 hours per week
  • GSE: 32-78
  • CEFR: A2-C1

Responding to students’ and teachers’ needs

Focus Second Edition retains what students and teachers highly valued in the first edition, and enhances it with authentic video content, including BBC videos and Focus vlogs

This valuable, up-to-date content, along with plenty of new ideas and improvements, make the new edition a perfect fit for today’s teenagers and their busy teachers.


Focus Second Edition new features

The 3Ms methodology

Focus Second Edition is built upon motivation, memory and meaning: three principles that are specifically relevant to teenage learners. This reliable, tried and tested approach has been revised to deliver what today’s students need.

The new edition has been fully upgraded with many new features to make the content memorable, the themes meaningful and the learning process motivating.

What's new

Thanks to feedback received from Focus users worldwide the course now offers everything teachers asked for, and that today’s students need to achieve true success, whether in their exams, or in their future academic, professional and social lives.

  • New authentic BBC videos - 41 new, natural-language videos accompanied by video worksheets.
  • New Focus Grammar Vlog videos - 32 new grammar vlogs with corresponding worksheets.
  • New vocabulary and reading lessons - up-to-date content with themes and topics students will be interested in.
  • More Use of English - extended opportunities for Use of English practice across all components.
  • More writing practice - extended writing section for more contextualised and thorough practice.
  • More speaking and personalisation activities - clearly signposted personalised speaking activities for more targeted practice.
  • More listening practice - more audio recordings provide increased opportunities to practice listening comprehension and receptive skills.


Solid exam preparation

Focus Second Edition is a tried-and-tested series that gives your students the practice they need to succeed in their national and popular international English exams.

It provides students with regular opportunities to try exam-style tasks, tips and strategies available across all course components. Teachers can benefit from a thorough Assessment Package that includes a wide range of tests which can be used at different points in the course.

An exciting learning journey

Focus Second Edition offers a perfect mix of print and online resources for students and teachers to make the learning journey exciting and successful.

Students can use a Student’s Book with extra digital activities and resources, accompanied by a paper workbook. They can also choose a Student’s Book with Online Practice, extra digital activities and resources, where the workbook is available in the online format, providing interactive activities, instant feedback and automatic grading.

The mobile app comes with both versions and includes access to course audio and videos.

Teachers use the print version of the Teacher’s Book and also get access to course digital resources including presentation tool, teacher’s resources, assessment package or “How to Teach with Focus Second Edition” videos.



Pearson & BBC Live Classes

Focus Second Edition is a partner for the 2019/2020 edition of Pearson and BBC Live Classes – a unique project for secondary groups learning English together in a truly global classroom.

Lesson C is run by Daniel Brayshaw, a Focus Second Edition author, and features content from the new edition of the course.

Interested to see the lesson or want your students to attend it?

Pearson English and BBC Live Classes

Focus on reading

In order to help students achieve greater fluency in English and gain confidence and pleasure in learning the language, each level of Focus Second Edition can be accompanied by Pearson English Readers, which has been carefully selected and mapped to the course themes and CEFR level.

Interested in ordering Focus Second Edition?

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