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Skills for life

For Real Plus Beginner ensures students with little prior knowledge of English embark on a successful language learning journey.

  • A Starter Unit reviews basic language and functions and provides a positive start to the rest of the course.
  • Grammar is carefully sequenced with Get the Grammar pages to review form and usage and Key Grammar sections to take students from accuracy to fluency.
  • Vocabulary is presented with visual appeal; all items are presented with attractive photos and illustrations which aids memory and recall.
  • Regular Pairwork and Groupwork tasks with clear staging and model answers support the production of new language and functions.
  • Get into Culture tasks and Interculture pages encourage students to learn about life in different English-speaking countries.
  • Optional Bonus Lessons focus on more challenging grammar and expand vocabulary with additional skills work.


Student’s Book & Workbook
  • 12 Units plus Welcome pages
  • Opener lessons with warm-up activities
  • Real Communication lessons focussing on interactional language
  • Key Grammar and Grammar Review
  • Vocabulary development & Word Expander boxes
  • Real language skills enhancement
  • Get into Culture & Interculture sections
  • Language check page
  • Bonus lessons
  • Full-colour Workbook with grammar reference, wordlists, extensive vocabulary and grammar practice
Skills Book
  • Focus on one skill at a time
  • Top tips for exam success
  • Extensive Reading
On Helbling e-zone
  • e-book+ with integrated audio and video plus Real Communication, Real Talk, Fast Finishers
  • Extra Practice
  • Cyber Homework
  • CLIL Projects
  • Exam Practice
Helbling Media App
  • Audio
  • Video
Teacher’s Guide
  • Infographic guide to key features of the course
  • Detailed overviews for easy lesson planning
  • Teaching notes and guidance
  • Author chats with lesson rationale
  • CEFR communicative competences
  • Transcripts and answer keys
  • Extra activities and fast finisher tasks
  • Benchmarking for exams
On Helbling e-zone
  • Full access to the students' area
  • Teacher's DIGI Pack including Presentation Software (IWB)
  • Downloadable Teacher's Guide with answer keys
  • Testbuilder
  • Placement Test
Helbling Media App
  • Audio
  • Video

Scope & Sequence

Download the Scope & Sequence PDF for details on the syllabus followed by this level. 

Sample Materials

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Student's Book – Unit 5&6
Workbook – Unit 5&6
Skills Book – Unit 5&6



Martyn Hobbs

Martyn Hobbs

Martyn Hobbs taught English for many years abroad and in the UK, and is a prize-winning playwright and screenplay writer. He co-writes course books with Julia Starr Keddle, and has written and developed numerous video projects. He loves writing stories, especially graded readers for learners. He uses his creativity and film-making experience to make his materials involving and fun.

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Julia Starr Keddle

Julia Starr Keddle

Julia Starr Keddle taught English abroad and in the UK for many years. She has written many successful course books with Martyn Hobbs and other materials for young people. Julia is particularly interested in accuracy and fluency, teen development, and developing ‘soft skills’. She loves thinking of new ways to present language and making it relevant, exciting and visually appealing.

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