Wider World British Edition

Using English to access a Wider World of knowledge, skills and experience

Wider World reflects the way that today’s teens access information and entertainment: from the internet, using personal devices such as tablets, laptops and mobiles. The content and the style in which it is presented is designed to inspire and challenge teenagers.

By interacting with the content, rather than just practicing, students acquire the language at a deeper cognitive level. Rather than just another subject on the curriculum, English becomes the tool through which they access a Wider World of knowledge, skills and experience. 

  • Language: British English
  • Five levels: each level provides material for 72–120 hours of teaching
  • CEFR: <A1–B1+
  • GSE: 10–55
  • Suitable for: teenage learners

ELTons finalist 2018

Wider World was a finalist for the British Council ELTons Excellence in Course Innovation award.

The course has been recognized for delivering huge benefits to both teachers and students with its authentic material, interactive content, and reliable course components and resources.

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A Wider World global project

Enter Pearson and BBC Live Classes, the project that originates from the concept of the Wider World course.

It is a unique opportunity to let your students join a global classroom and get them motivated by entering an international community.

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The language in Wider World is presented through relevant and intriguing real life content, from the humorous situations in the drama videos through to the real people interviewed for the Vox Pop videos and the clips taken from actual BBC programs in the BBC Culture videos.



Moving to a much more personalized and adaptive approach, Wider World doesn’t just provide static content but also multiple opportunities to investigate and interact with that content through productive activities and projects.


“It’s all very well to be inspired and have fun - but our students need to pass their exams!”

Passing exams with a good score is the key learning outcome of Wider World. Through the Students' Books and Workbooks, the course provides extensive exam support, as well as extra Practice booklets for Cambridge and PTE exams.

A unique collaboration

Wider World is the fruit of a collaboration between two leading companies in the fields of media and education: the BBC and Pearson.

The BBC brand is synonymous worldwide with the concepts of trust and quality in their news and entertainment programs, while Pearson is the world’s leading education company for all ages and stages of learners.
Pearson and the BBC have come together in a unique collaboration which provides learners with engaging and effective English learning materials included in the Wider World course.

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Learn more about Wider World

Watch the video to find out how using Wider World can benefit students and teachers of English.

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Teaching off-the-page

Wider World requires minimum preparation time. It is designed to a one page one lesson format and this, combined with the comprehensive teachers notes, enables you to teach off-the-page without the need for hours of preparation in advance.

Better exam results

Everything within Wider World has been created with exam success in mind. The syllabus design, creation of each component and the robust testing package all come together to drive and motivate teenage learners toward exam success.

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