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Winner – The British Council ELTons 2015 – Excellence in Course Innovation

First place book, Ancillary, School Publishing: Book Industry Guild of New York Design Awards 2014

First place cover, Ancillary series, School Publishing: Book Industry Guild of New York Design Awards 2014

Using an inquiry-based approach to learning, Oxford Discover develops the communication skills and thinking skills students need for success in the 21st century.

  • Language Level: Beginner to Elementary (A1 - B2)

Who are your family and friends? Where can we see colors? How can we make music?

Oxford Discover uses Big Questions such as these to tap into students' natural curiosity. It enables them to ask their own questions, find their own answers, and explore the world around them.

This approach to language learning and literacy, supported by a controlled grammar and skills syllabus, helps students achieve near-native fluency in English.

Oxford Discover gives teachers the tools to develop children's 21st century skills, creating young thinkers with great futures.

Use with Show and Tell as part of 9-level course.

  • Student Book
  • Workbook with Online Practice
  • Integrated Teaching Toolkit
  • Big Question DVD
  • Class Audio CDs
  • Picture Cards
  • Poster Pack
  • Classroom Presentation Tool
  • Oxford Discover Writing and Spelling
  • Oxford Discover Grammar
  • Parent website
  • Teacher website

Key features

  • Unique methodology which combines a native speaker approach of inquiry-based learning with a controlled grammar and skills syllabus
  • Big Questions linked to school subjects form the basis of every unit
  • Authentic fiction and non-fiction texts on every topic provide different views on the Big Question
  • Video clips provide an introduction to each Big Question, helping students activate prior knowledge
  • Teaching tools such as the Big Question Chart support students in the development of critical thinking skills
  • Online practice links the class to the home
  • Oxford Discover Grammar, and Oxford Discover Writing and Spelling provide additional practice opportunities
  • Cambridge Young Learners English Test linked vocabulary syllabus
  • Cambridge ESOL style activities


How do you motivate your students to learn and think in English?

Would you like your students to be more involved in class? Oxford Discover uses inquiry-based learning to tap into students' natural curiosity. This approach enables them to ask their own questions, find their own answers and explore the world around them.

How are seasons different? Why do we need plants? What do different cultures give to the world?

Every pair of units starts with a Big Question like these. Each one is linked to a school subject – social studies, art, science, math, or music.

A big picture and video introduce the topic and the Big Question. Students then answer supporting questions that encourage them to think about the topic and the Big Question more deeply. Next, a Big Question Chart asks students to assess what they know and what they want to know.

As students continue, they discover many answers to the Big Question. They read authentic fiction and nonfiction texts that offer different views on the topic. Summative projects let students gather together what they have learned and present it in a creative way. Finally, students write what they have learned on the Big Question Chart.

A controlled vocabulary and grammar syllabus gives students the language support they need to explore and discuss each topic and Big Question. Oxford Discover builds strong communication skills as students listen, speak, read, and write throughout each unit.

All the way through, students develop the important skills of critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration throughout each unit, preparing them for the demands of the 21st century.

Oxford Discover gives teachers the tools they need to create young thinkers with great futures.


“This school year, we’ve been using the Oxford Discover series in primary and we are positive we made the right decision. Teachers, parents and students love the material.”
Miss Brenda Méndez, Colegio Benedictino, Mexico

“When I have used other coursebooks, it has been very difficult to get my students to talk and write based on the things they learned. It is much easier with Oxford Discover.”
Ms Seojung Kim, Yooseok Elementary School, Korea

“The videos are a good way to introduce the topic. I have noticed that students in a natural way start talking about what they already know and what they want to know.

My students share their projects with the class. They really enjoy it. At the beginning they would get nervous or shy, but now I can tell they really enjoy sharing their work.”
Miss Martha Grajeda, Colegio Leonardo Da Vinci, Mexico

21st C Skills

A lot of teachers talk about "21st century skills" and "The 4 Cs" – but what are they, and why are they important?

These are the skills students need for great futures. Oxford Discover gives teachers the tools to develop students':

Critical thinking:
A lot of schools and teachers want to bring critical thinking into their teaching. How do you do this?

What do students need in order to really communicate and express themselves?

Would you like support in managing pair work and group work in your classroom?

What kinds of projects would make your parents, students, and teachers proud? How do you encourage creativity?

The Integrated Teachers Toolkit and available support from Oxford gives teachers all they need to develop these 21st century skills with confidence. Learn more here.

Teaching Kit

Teacher's book – This helps teachers with new methodologies. It includes an introduction to 21st century skills, and features dynamic lesson plan instructions that build skills in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.

Big Question DVD – This provides an introduction to each topic, stimulating students to think about the Big Question.

Assessment for Learning CD-ROM – This allows teachers to monitor and evaluate student progress in a range of ways:
  • Continuous assessment
  • Self-assessment
  • Formal testing
Online Practice – This provides automatic marking and grade books that keep scores in one place.

These additional resources ensure that teachers have all the support they need when using Oxford Discover, to create young thinkers with great futures.

Online Practice

Make homework more motivating with Online Practice: an interactive homework system which provides extra activities that link to every lesson in Oxford Discover:

  • Students get interactive extra practice in the four key skills.
  • Parents can support their children and view their progress online.
  • Online homework is scored and recorded automatically.

Oxford Discover - First Edition includes:

Oxford Discover - First Edition includes: