Lessons for Teenagers

Secondary and Teenage Learners (around 12 – 16 years old)

For older children or young teenage learners (around ages 12 to 16), we use National Geographic Learning’s ‘New Close Up’ series. This series helps learners get closer to the world through dynamic photography, video and real-world stories from National Geographic. Relevant, global topics, paired with a comprehensive four-skills syllabus, promote the key language and life skills teenagers need to succeed in international exams, in the classroom and in their future careers.  

The curriculum levels are closely linked to levels of the CEFR, and the exam tips and practice tasks are a great tool to help our students prepare for school or international examinations.

Levels: 5 (A2, B1, B1+, B2, B2+)

Units per level: 12

Average classes per unit: 8-10

Why we love this series
We love the interesting topics, the vibrant photos and the inspiring, original topics in discussion tasks – we have a lot of fun discussing these themes with our students! The exam tips are a very valuable tool for all students of this age, and the grammar reference is well presented and clear.

We don’t use static copies of the course books – all courses are presented in an interactive online classroom, incorporating games, activities and videos. The software used in lessons covers the student book and workbook with additional grammar practice – there are no extra books to buy and no hidden costs. Students also have access to the National Geographic Learning Online Practice course for their level, at no extra cost.

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Older Teenage Learners (around 15 – 18 years old)

For teenage and young adult learners (around ages 15 to 18), we use National Geographic Learning’s ‘Perspectives’ series. The carefully guided language lessons, real-world stories, and video clips motivate learners to think creatively and communicate effectively.

Every unit explores one idea from different perspectives, giving learners opportunities to look at the world in new ways, developing their own opinions and ideas and expressing them confidently in English.

Exam-style tasks help to build confidence for school or international examinations.

Levels: 4

Units per level : 10

Average classes per unit: 8-10

Why we love this series

We love that the units look at the same topic from different points of view. This really encourages students to develop and express their own ideas and thoughts, rather than learning static lists of vocabulary from text books. We also love the use of real video clips and TED talks by native speakers on a range of interesting, contemporary topics.

We don’t use static copies of the course books – all courses are presented in an interactive online classroom, incorporating games, activities and videos. The software used in lessons covers the student book and workbook with additional grammar practice – there are no extra books to buy and no hidden costs. Students also have access to the National Geographic Learning Online Practice course for their level, at no extra cost.