Bring your English to life

Live Beat is a vibrant four-level course that keeps teenage students motivated and focused to achieve better learning outcomes. It builds on the successful approach used by the same authors in the bestselling Upbeat course. 

  • A new, complete four-level English language course
  • For 12 to 16 year olds
  • Takes students from CEFA A1+ to B1, GSE 25 to 52

A rich selection of multimedia

  • Native English-speaking teenagers in video blogs cover topics that appeal to students’ interests.
  • Functional videos, grammar and pronunciation animations make learning effective.
  • Interactive activities in the eTexts and MyEnglishLab keep students focused.

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Teach effective communication

  • Realistic communicative activities help students to start using their English immediately.
  • Carefully structured lessons focus on both written and verbal communication skills.
  • Interactive functional videos activate language quickly.

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Set goals and monitor performance

  • Regular revision sections consolidate students’ knowledge and build awareness of what they already know.
  • A comprehensive testing and assessment package allows teachers and students to track how well they are doing.
  • MyEnglishLab improves student results and allows teachers to monitor performance.

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Over 130 videos

Videos and animations are an integral part of the course so you always have material on hand to engage your teenage students.

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What is MyEnglishLab?

Access MyEnglishLab via the Pearson English Portal.

MyEnglishLab is an online platform that helps students to practice their English outside class and for teachers to continue to interact with them.

Aligned to the Global Scale of English

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.

Teaching tips from the classroom

We asked you for your teaching tips. Thanks for sending them in and here are some of our favourites.

Practicing written communication through stories

Writing stories: the story is written over several sessions. 1st: think of a place, think of it in detail, location, colors, smells, etc. Record the information. 2nd: Think of three or four characters. Describe them and the relationship among them. Record the information through notes. 3rd: think of a problem or situation that may have happened among them. Record the information through notes. 4th: put all the parts together by making a first draft of your story. Don't worry about grammar, pay attention to the story. 5th: edit the story, check grammar and the unity of the text.

From Alejandra Zegpi in Chile.


Motivating teenagers by using technology

Teens are very motivated by use of new technologies. They like recording each other and they like work being uploaded to networks. As against this they can feel shy about their faces appearing, so I often get them to do roles with puppets, and they video record the puppets in action. The act of recording in video or simply voice recording motivates them to pronounce as well as they can, to use precise vocabulary and to use more correct grammar.

From Aisling O’Donovan in Spain.




Practice effective oral communication

For effective oral communication, I give them this as homework. It's called "phone calls". Each one of my students has to telephone one of their classmates (who calls who has been pre-arranged in class and telephone numbers have been exchanged). The telephone conversation will be based on what we are doing in class. If we are doing, for example, the present continuous tense with future reference, they will have to ask their classmate 2-3 questions about their weekend plans and note down their answers (it's always an excellent way to use reported speech at the same time).They seem to enjoy it greatly and they like to play at being English!!!

From Marina Nikolaou in Greece.

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