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Fifth edition

Updated with new texts, topics and themes, Headway 5th edition provides fresh and relevant English instruction that is tailored to your students’ needs.

Headway 5th edition provides fresh, relevant English instruction needed for success today.

Headway and its award-winning authors, Liz and John Soars, are names that have become synonymous with English Language Teaching and learning. Teach with Headway’s perfectly-balanced grammar and skills syllabus, based on the course’s world-renowned methodology.

Headway 5th edition retains the course’s trusted methodology and has been updated with new texts, topics and digital resources.

  • Student's Book with Online Practice
  • Workbook with Key
  • Workbook Without Key
  • Teacher's Guide with Teacher's Resource Centre
  • Student's Book A with Online Practice
  • Student's Book B with Online Practice
  • e-book
  • Class Audio CDs
  • Student's Book Classroom Presentation Tool
  • Workbook Classroom Presentation Tool
  • Online Practice

Key features

  • Teach practical, real life English that is relevant to your students’ lives with new topics and themes grounded in today’s reality.
  • Bring unit topics to life with the new unit opener page which include inspiring photographs and accompanying video introductions engage students with the unit topic.
  • Download and adapt material for your students with the Teacher’s Resource Centre which provides all your Headway resources, stored in one place to save you time.
  • Students can look again at activities from previous lessons, do extra skills practice, and check their progress with instant feedback.


90% of teachers believe Headway has helped their students progress to the next level of study.* Its balanced methodology of vocabulary, grammar and integrated skills provides the right level of challenge for students.

Headway 5th edition listens to feedback from teachers and focusses on topics and activities that are relevant and useful to today’s adult students, whilst retaining the trusted methodology teachers love.

Combining practical, real life content for today’s students with flexible digital resources that are clearly linked to the Headway syllabus, the course ensures students are engaged and motivated for success.

* The Headway Oxford Impact study was conducted in January and February 2018. 170 teachers responded. Oxford Impact is a unique way of evaluating the impact that educational products and services from Oxford University Press have on teaching and learning.


Oxford English Vocabulary Trainer app

Build your English vocabulary with the Oxford English Vocabulary Trainer, your personal English tutor!

An adaptive app that gives students personalized, intelligent feedback and guides them to a better understanding of the words they are learning.

It supports learning of key words from all levels of Headway 5th edition, and offers students the opportunity to create personalised word lists using vocabulary from the Oxford Dictionary.

Learn more about the Oxford English Vocabulary Trainer app.

Headway Digital Gold Fifth edition includes:

Headway Digital Gold Fifth edition includes: