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With a wide range of exciting new digital material, including all new documentaries, this new edition of American English File is still the number one course to get your students talking.

  • Language Level: From Starter to Level 5 (A1-C1)

American English File Second Edition retains the popular methodology developed by world-renowned authors Christina Latham-Koenig and Clive Oxenden: language + motivation = opportunity. With grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation practice in every lesson, students are equipped with a solid foundation for successful speaking.

Plus - an array of digital resources provides even more choice and flexibility. Students can learn in the classroom or on the move with Online Practice.

  • Student Book with Online Practice
  • Workbook
  • Multi Pack A
  • Multi Pack B
  • Teacher’s Book with Testing Program CD-ROM
  • Class Audio CDs
  • Class DVD
  • Classroom Presentation Tool

Key features

  • Advanced level completes comprehensive six-level curriculum
  • 75% brand new content motivates students with fresh topics
  • Engaging videos develop communication skills through real-life examples and scenarios
  • Grammar, Vocabulary and Pronunciation in each lesson
  • Pronunciation app with interactive sounds chart and pronunciation games
  • Testing Program CD-ROM provides a complete range of tests
  • Find iChecker Progress Checks on the Student's Site at


American English File Second Edition builds on the popular methodology of the first edition with material that gets your students talking. The Second Edition is even more student and teacher-friendly, with an updated design and 75% new content for improved visual appeal and topics that will engage and motivate students.

Speaking and pronunciation activities on every page help students to become confident in speaking. There are also extra mini-speaking activities in the Sound and Vocabulary Banks.

Exciting new digital material provides more opportunities for students to speak than ever before, both in and out of the classroom. Brand-new video, Online Practice and the Pronunciation App all provide more practice for students in and out of the classroom.

With a solid language foundation and so many opportunities for speaking, it’s no surprise that American English File Second Edition is the course that gets everyone talking.

Take a look inside American English File Second Edition by watching this video:

Online Practice

Oxford Online Practice provides support and development of all four language skills, providing effective practice framed within common and accessible themes and topics, mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

  • Step-by-step student support – Each learning module follows an Engage-Explore-Task-Reflect activity sequence to ensure that students practise and learn effectively on their own.
  • Aligned to the CEFR – Give your students practice at the level that’s right for them, with self-check ‘Can-do’ statements at the end of each module.
  • Media-rich – Motivate your students with compelling visual content including videos, interactive info-graphics and striking photography on culturally diverse topics.
  • Flexible – Reorder content and decide how and when you want to assign homework: ideal for differentiated learning.
  • Adaptable – Create your own new content to meet the needs of your students, including your own speaking and writing tasks, tests, discussions and live chat, and uploading videos, audio, or powerpoint presentations.
  • Measurable – Monitor your students’ progress with a wide range of management tools.

The access code for Online Practice is in the Student’s Book.

Each American English File second edition Student Book corresponds to the following Online Practice levels:

Student Book with Online Practice ISBN Oxford Online Skills Program, Bundle 1
Starter 9780194776141 A1
Level 1 9780194776158 A2
Level 2 9780194776165 B1
Level 3 9780194776172 B1+
Level 4 9780194776189 B2
Level 5 9780194776196 C1


American English File, Second Edition is now available as an e-book (Student Book/Workbook Multi-Pack) with interactive features designed specifically for language learners. Available for iPad and Android tablets via the Oxford Learner's Bookshelf app.

Available on the App Store and Google Play.

Features to look out for:
  • Improve pronunciation: Repeat audio, record yourself, and compare to original.
  • Improve listening: Slow down audio to hear each word clearly.
  • Split screen video/activity: Video stays on screen while you move around pages making it easy to watch and work.
  • Automatically marked, interactive activities.
  • Personalize your e-book: Save written or spoken notes anywhere on the page. Use the pen tool to draw and highlight.
  • Easy to get around: Bookmarks, jump to page, thumbnail sorter.
Available for all levels.

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In this video, Stacey Hughes, Professional Development Services Teacher Trainer, demonstrates how you can use American English File e-books in the classroom to teach a lesson and engage adult learners.

Impact Study

Oxford Impact Evalutated

English File

English File has supported millions of students to get talking in English for over 20 years. An impact study* was conducted to gain an in-depth understanding of how teachers feel that English File has helped students’ English speaking skills.

Download the summary report (PDF, 4MB)

* An impact study is research that investigates a particular change or outcome that a product or service has on the group of people it is intended to help or benefit.

Found to improve students’ English speaking skills.

English File has supported millions of students to get talking in English for over 20 years. An impact study* was conducted to gain an in-depth understanding of how teachers feel that English File has helped students’ English speaking skills.

  • 90% of teachers who took part in this impact study believe that English File has helped to improve students’ speaking skills.
  • 84% think that English File helps students speak English more confidently.
  • The main aspects of the course that have the biggest impact on students’ speaking skills are Practical English vocabulary, role plays, communicative activities and collaborative tasks.
  • Surveyed participants cited two key factors for this improvement in speaking skills:
    - Students knowing more vocabulary and expressions on specific topics
    - Students being more fluent in speaking
  • Participants also cited other factors such as:
    - Better pronunciation by students
    - Increased grammatical accuracy in students’ speaking
    - Topics that are related to students’ interests and motivate them to participate in speaking tasks.

"The Practical English section is rich and interesting. The topics are well organized and well written. The units flow naturally. The Teacher’s Book is outstanding and this includes the communicative photocopiables. English File is the favourite book in our school among students and teachers."

"The course uses a more adult range of topics and the students are very involved in the conversation. We often start from a reading comprehension, which provides students with the necessary vocabulary, then we increase our information thanks to a listening activity and the students express their point of view in the final discussion, so they are able to improve their English gradually and without any anxiety."

"I find the Colloquial English sections very practical as they provide students with real life situations and listening [activities] which lead into a free speaking section at the end. Highly motivating…"

"The topic about culture shock was really motivating…The whole lesson was about free talking, agreeing, disagreeing and as the topic was extremely interesting, they were really active. It was a great opportunity to talk about bias, prejudice etc."

Oxford Impact

Find out more about Oxford Impact

The English File impact study was conducted in January and February 2018. 299 teachers in 33 countries took part.

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