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Wide Angle Level 1

A real-world viewpoint

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Finalist (course innovation) - The British Council 2020 ELTons Awards

A six-level American English course that empowers adult learners to join any conversation, and say the right thing at the right time.

Wide Angle is the course that helps your adult learners to uncover and master the hidden rules of English, so when it comes to communicating in the real world, they know what to say and how to say it.

With lessons and interactive videos that guide students on how to respond appropriately in everyday situations, vibrant photos from around the world and video interviews with the photographers on the stories behind them, and authentic reading texts from Oxford Reference, Wide Angle provides real content that’s underpinned by a comprehensive syllabus.

  • Student Book with Online Practice
  • Workbook
  • Multi-Packs with Online Practice
  • Student Book e-book
  • Online Practice
  • Classroom Presentation Tool
  • Teacher’s Access Card
  • Class Audio CDs

Key features

  • ‘English for Real’ lessons equip learners with the tools to uncover and master the hidden rules of English.
  • Interactive videos provide students with essential practice on responding to situations that they’ll face in the real world.
  • Vibrant photos from around the world, and video interviews with the photographers on the stories behind them, bring unit topics to life.
  • Reading texts and listening material from Oxford Reference – a trusted source that brings together over two million academic entries across Oxford University Press’s Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias – keeps learning in the real world.
  • Access to the Oxford Reference digital platform. Learners using Levels 4, 5 and 6 Student Books can explore even more academic content and look up topics of interest online.
  • Extensive Online Practice means students can take control of their learning.


English for the real world

‘English for Real’ lessons equip students with the tools to uncover and master the hidden rules of English, by guiding them on how to respond appropriately in everyday situations.

Videos with the Wide Angle characters encourage learners to think about how to adapt language for different situations, activities guide them to understand and identify differences in language and behavior, and interactive video activities help them to put it into practice. Here students go online to record their response to a situation with the Wide Angle characters. They can play-back the conversation, record it again to improve their response, or send it to you for feedback. So when it comes to responding to situations in the real world, your students know what to say and how to say it.

Content from the real world

Wide Angle brings topics to life through vibrant photographs from world-renowned photographers. Each unit opens with a photo, thought-provoking questions, and a ‘Real-World Goal’ to inspire students to apply the learning to their own lives. Video interviews with the photographers give students unique insights into the story behind the photo, and provide them with real language models to follow.

Supported by a comprehensive syllabus

Every level includes reading texts or listening material from Oxford Reference – a trusted source of over two million academic texts, to give your students authentic learning materials with real vocabulary. Students using Levels 4, 5 and 6 can explore even more content and look up topics of interest with their access to the Oxford Reference digital platform.

The vocabulary in Wide Angle is based on the Oxford 3000™, a list of the most important words to learn in English. Levels 5 and 6 also feature vocabulary from the Oxford 5000™ – an expanded word list for advanced learners of English. Every word in the Oxford 3000™ and Oxford 5000™ is aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), guiding students on the words they should know at each level.

Every unit focuses on developing all four skills, as well as a learner’s grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Skills boxes focus students’ attention and give them practical information to take away and use outside of the classroom, and ‘Grammar in Context’ boxes present the grammar on the page at the right point in a student’s learning. Students go online to review the skills taught in every lesson, to practice their grammar and vocabulary, and to access all the course audio and video material.

For Teachers

The Teacher's Resource Center delivers all your teacher resources online and in the same place, saving you valuable time when you want to prepare your Wide Angle lesson.

The Teacher's Resource Center includes:
  • The Teacher's Guide - an easy-to-search, easy-to-print PDF, available to download or use online.
  • All course audio and video including scripts, and answer keys.
  • Assessment: unit tests, midterm, and final, all available as editable Word documents or Click-and-Go PDFs.
  • Extra reading texts including Oxford Reference worksheets, Newsela articles, and chapters from Graded Readers that are correlated to the unit topic.
  • Extra teaching resources including Grammar chant videos, presentations, 'Unit Review' podcast worksheets, skills worksheets matched to each unit, and vocabulary flashcards.
  • Track your students’ progress for the Online Practice and manage your class online with teacher’s Online Practice. See scores for automatically-marked activities, first and last attempts, and answers, then use the information to improve your students’ learning.

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