courses
secondary & young adult
What is Pioneer?

Pioneer is based on a theoretically sound and empirically oriented syllabus that covers current ELT theory and language pedagogy - developed using authentic, expert input. Our flagship course for teenagers and young adults contains specific natural language that makes the material highly relevant and engaging for the student. All levels have been classroom-tested and have been carefully crafted by taking into account the extensive feedback gathered from teachers around the world.
Thanks to its clear approach with a strong communicative focus and substantial input from the real world, Pioneer ensures success.

course features
  • Motivating and contemporary topics with multicultural and cross-curricular information
  • Lively dialogues presenting functional language in real-life situations
  • Reading material from authentic sources
  • An integrated approach to the development of thefour skills
  • Special emphasis on vocabulary building
  • Grammar presented and practised in context
  • Systematic development of reading and listening skills and subskills
  • A variety of communicative tasks
  • Step-by-step approach to writing
  • Activities encouraging critical thinking and personal response
  • Task-based activities preparing learners for the real world
  • Practical tips helping students to become autonomous learners
  • A round-up section in each module providing regular revision and consolidation
  • A grammar reference section
levels (BrE)
Pioneer is a seven-series course for teenagers and young adults, taking students from beginner to advanced level. (A1 - C1 CEFR level)
components (BrE)
STUDENT’S BOOK
WORKBOOK + KEY BOOKLET
TEACHER’S BOOK
TEACHER’S RESOURCE CD/CD-ROM
CLASS CDs
DVD
IWB MATERIAL
table of contents (BrE)
To view the complete syllabus of topics, functions and skills for each level, click on the corresponding Student’s Book.
sample pages catalogue
Downloadable promotional material with sample pages of our books and instructions on how to use them to help you improve your teaching skills.
course features
  • Motivating and contemporary topics with multicultural and cross-curricular information
  • Lively dialogues presenting functional language in real-life situations
  • Reading material from authentic sources
  • An integrated approach to the development of thefour skills
  • Special emphasis on vocabulary building
  • Grammar presented and practised in context
  • Systematic development of reading and listening skills and subskills
  • A variety of communicative tasks
  • Step-by-step approach to writing
  • Activities encouraging critical thinking and personal response
  • Task-based activities preparing learners for the real world
  • Practical tips helping students to become autonomous learners
  • A round-up section in each module providing regular revision and consolidation
  • A grammar reference section
levels (AmE)
Pioneer is a seven-series course for young adults and adults, taking students from beginner to advanced levels. (A1 - C1 CEFR levels)
components (AmE)
STUDENT’S BOOK
WORKBOOK + KEY BOOKLET
TEACHER’S BOOK
TEACHER’S RESOURCE CD/CD-ROM
CLASS CDs
DVD
IWB MATERIAL
table of contents (AmE)
To view the complete syllabus of topics, functions and skills for each level, click on the corresponding Student’s Book.
sample pages catalogue
Downloadable promotional material with sample pages of our books and instructions on how to use them to help you improve your teaching skills.
Why Pioneer?
  • Its intelligent and appealing topics engage learners’ interest and enhance their learning motivation.
  • It is based on a modular approach containing short, discrete units, allowing the teacher a high level of customisation according to their students’ needs.
  • The course is mapped according to the Common European Framework, comprehensively developing specific linguistic competency and cross-cultural awareness.
  • The content has been piloted in several schools and institutions, giving a credible stamp to the final outcome.
  • Its goals-and-achievement methodology combines with a strong focus on learner psychology, ensuring that students develop self-assessment skills.
  • The addition of the dynamic online components offers teachers and students access to activities which allow them to practise further using technology designed specifically for language learners.
Methodology

Every teacher has considered this simple question:

What is most important for you as an ELT/EFL/ESL teacher?

Many teachers believe that helping their students reach a level of language proficiency is their most important priority.

(’Students learning something’)

Others believe that the teacher should not only focus on a specific language level but also develop their students’ skills and competency.

(’Students learning how to learn’)

However, we believe that this is not an either/or question. It is impossible to understand ’learning something’ independently of ’learning how to learn’. Both elements - knowledge and development - are essential aspects of teaching and in PIONEER the content is deployed carefully in order to ensure that these key factors are successfully put into effect.

HOW?
1. In-class-communication

A strong emphasis has been placed on designing lessons that enhance spoken interaction so that students can immediately put to use what they learn.

2. Learning experience

A range of highly-engaging content has been developed so that students encounter topics that are relevant to their personal experiences and interests.

3. Productive learning

Throughout the series, students complete meaningful tasks that comprehensively cover all grammar, syntax, vocabulary and writing conventions by actively stimulating students’ receptive and productive skills.

4. Autonomous learning and self-assessment

Clear learning objectives on the cover page of each module in combination with a review section at the end of the module help students identify their weaknesses and strengths, and assess their overall progress. The organisation of the modules with reading and writing tips and the vocabulary boxes encourage independent learning habits by guiding students to organise and practise the new language they find on their own.

5. Reviewing and recycling

Language students need constant review, and Pioneer systematically recycles and reviews target language in several sections of the Student’s Book. Grammar, vocabulary, and conversation strategies taught in earlier units are recycled in later units. Also, items learnt at lower levels are recycled in subsequent levels. The online material was also made keeping this in mind, helping students revise and recycle language.

6. Flexibility to meet the needs of specific classes

Pioneer can be used with either large or small classes. Activities can be done in pairs, groups, or as a whole class, depending on your students’ particular needs. Pioneer can also be adapted to varying course lengths.