Combining thought-provoking videos from Discovery Education with carefully scaffolded exercises and a fresh approach to critical thinking skills, Unlock  enables learners to develop the academic skills and language that will lead them to success in their studies.

The Basic level has been developed for pre-A1 learners and is the latest addition to the course. Combining the four skills with a focus on literacy and an introduction to critical thinking, students are supported as they take their first steps towards academic success.

Stephanie Dimond-Bayir, Lewis Lansford, Richard O’Neill, Sabina Ostrowska, Chris Sowton, Carolyn Westbrook and Nicholas White

Number of Levels

Pre-A1-B2 (True Beginner to Upper Intermediate)

Informed by the Cambridge English Corpus
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Key features:

  • A focus on critical thinking skills facilitates the development of the lower and higher order critical thinking skills that are essential for success in academic studies.
  • ‘Listen and Watch’ sections use high-interest documentary style video content from Discovery Education videos that increases engagement and retention. The videos also help students prepare for the lectures and extended listening they will meet during their university lives.
  • The vocabulary in the course is based on the Cambridge Academic Corpus, English Profile and Coxhead's Academic Wordlist, ensuring your students learn the words and phrases they need to prepare for their future academic lives.
  • The course also prepares students for the skills they will require in the IELTS or other tests, and university entrance examinations based on these models.


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