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American Headway Second Edition

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The world's most trusted adult English course - a perfectly-balanced syllabus, now at six levels and with new digital support.

  • Language Level: Beginner to Advanced; A1 - C1

American Headway is the course you can always trust.

Its proven methodology - focus on grammar, clear vocabulary syllabus, integrated skills work - gives you lessons that really work in class.

With the new Second Edition you get fully-revised material, the completely new Advanced level, and an exciting new generation of digital support - the online Teacher Resource Center, Test Generator CD-ROMs, and more.

  • Student Book with Student Practice Multi-ROM
  • Student Book Split Editions (Starter-Level 2)
  • Teacher's Book with access card to Teacher Resource Center
  • Workbook
  • Class Audio CDs
  • Workbook Audio CD
  • Test Generator CD-ROM
  • Student Audio Download Center
  • Teacher Toolkit CD-ROM

Key features

  • Clear focus on grammar
  • Balanced, integrated-skills syllabus
  • New Advanced level
  • Teacher Resource Center - online resource bank with fast-find browser function
  • Student Practice Multi-ROMs with access to online TOEIC, TOEFL, and IELTS practice tests
  • Test Generator CD-ROMs
  • New Teacher Toolkit – ready-made materials to use in class


How does American Headway deliver lessons that really do work in class?

Short answer: methodology.

Headway's balanced methodology combines the best of traditional approaches - solid grammar and practice, vocabulary development etc - and newer approaches, such as communicative role-play and personalization.

Authors Liz and John Soars have developed a set of principles which "... is a summary of all we believe when writing and teaching."

Here are three examples:
i) Grammar has a core place in language teaching and learning.
ii) A wide variety of practice tasks in all the four skills are essential to language learning.
iii) Everyday expressions, particularly of spoken English, also need a place in the syllabus. These can be functional, social, situational, or idiomatic.

Now, American Headway Second Edition adds a new generation of digital support to that classic methodology.

Top of the list of new resources is the Teacher Resource Center.

It's a password-protected bank of online resources which includes images, animated grammar PowerpointRG slides, video, worksheets, and more.

With a fast-find browser function, it's quick and easy for you prepare lessons your way. Find out more at

American Headway Second Edition also includes a new emphasis on testing to help students prepare for standardized international exams such as the TOEFLRG iBT. This includes new Spotlight on Testing lessons in the Workbook and access to a complimentary online practice test via the Student Multi-ROM.

For further support, the Teacher Toolkit provides ready-made resources including new classroom presentation, video expansion, and testing materials.

Placement Testing

Place new students into class quickly and easily with the American Headway Second Edition Placement Tests. Email to request a booklet of photocopiable tests and answer sheets, as well as instructions on how use them.

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American Headway includes: