Wider World Second Edition is a new edition of Pearson’s most popular mid-secondary course. It prepares teenagers for their life ahead by giving them the skills they need to enjoy their social lives, pursue their studies and succeed in their career.
The improvements in this new edition are in response to research and feedback we received from teachers and students.
Authentic English – humorous situations, interviews with real people, and clips taken from BBC programs, show language used in real-life situations.
Global topics – each unit explores the wide diversity of life and culture, exposing students to topics from around the world, including global citizenship or sustainability goals.
Extra support for mixed ability classes and neurodivergent students – extensive resources and tips that reduce preparation and give them greater flexibility in how to teach students with different learning needs.
Exam support – much more exam support for both teachers and students.
Diversity and inclusion principles – follows our comittment to equality, diversity and inclusion. It recognises cultural diversity, and supports tolerance and respect.
In more detail
In response to feedback and ongoing research, Wider World Second Edition builds on what teachers and students liked about the first edition and improves it with new content, features and digital solutions.
Virtual classroom – the upgraded virtual classroom uses live video, sharable interactive whiteboard, live assignments with real-time teacher view of student performance, chat, and a hand-raising system. Online workbooks enable teachers to provide instant feedback to students.
New content – 70% of the content in levels 1 to 4 has been updated, with future skills training, extra support, new teaching ideas for teachers, and an update to the course methodology.
New BBC videos – clips from BBC programs remain at the core of the course, with new videos reflecting important themes, such as culture, global citizenship and topics promoting diversity and inclusion.
Set for Life program – a completely new integrated program for developing future skills.
Mixed ability classes and neurodivergent students – an expanded range of support materials enable teachers to respond to the needs of all students.
Extended reading and writing program – extra focus on the gradual development of reading and writing skills, providing greater opportunities to learn, practice and recycle the language and use it in more authentic contexts.
New design – a fresh look, while retaining the Wider World identity, including a regular unit structure and clear color-coded sections.