1. What is English Firsthand?
  2. What’s new in the 5th edition
  3. Companion website
  4. English Firsthand 5th edition catalog website
  5. ELT Teaching Tips with Marc and John
  6. Online Teaching Tips & Ideas
  7. Teaching ideas for getting back to face to face (safely)
  8. Request sample

What is English Firsthand?

English Firsthand is the best-selling oral communication series that has been supporting ELT teachers and students for more than 25 years, helping to build learner success and confidence through hands-on active learning. We believe that students learn English by using English and, with support, they can communicate in English even from the beginning.

For students to use English, they need:

  • Realistic language models
  • Personalized and motivating tasks
  • Language support (vocabulary, grammar, and functional phrases)
  • Opportunities to communicate their own information, opinions, and ideas

The goal of the English Firsthand series is to meet those needs. Each level provides 40-60 hours of class work, and additional learning resources are available, including audio, video, workbook, and e-learning resources.

What’s new on the 5th edition?

State-of-the-art content

Exciting new design and updated content

  • Expanded Vocabulary: The first page of every unit is now called “Vocabulary Building” and introduces high-frequency vocabulary items that help students get ready for the activities that follow.
  • Real Stories: The last page of every unit has activities that allow for interactive practice of the 4 skills.

Mobile-based activities “MyMobileWorld” (Learning Management System)

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  • Designed by teachers for teachers and optimized for mobiles devices, this new moodle-based online component is fully integrated with the student book and enables both in-class and out-of-class practice.
  • Allows teachers to easily monitor learner participation and progress and helps learners organize their learning and track progress.

*For teacher access to MyMobileWorld, please contact your sales rep or Pearson local office.

Learn more

New videos

  • English in Action: A serialized story that reinforces the language functions and target expressions of every unit. (Available for Level 1 and Level 2.)
  • Conversation Model: Video clips with strategies for practicing conversations from the unit. (Available for all levels. Previously known as “Drama Coach”.)
  • Presentation Model: Short videos with confidence-building tips where students can actually see someone doing a presentation about the topic of the unit so they can use it as a model when they make their own presentations. (Available for all levels.)

* English in Action, Conversation Model and Presentation Model videos can be accessed by clicking here.

Performance Focus

Assessment for Learning

Newly added Assessment for Learning section in the back of the book that consists of a practice test and a self-check for every two units. This is designed to help students think about their own learning so that they can start to see what they’ve achieved in each unit.

Intensive Test Package

There are also various kinds of editable tests available so that teachers don’t have to develop their own. Teachers can easily monitor progress / grade students.Test Package includes:

  • Unit Test (12)
  • Mid-Semester Test (1)
  • End-Semester Test (1)
  • Exit Test (1)

Mapped with the Global Scale of English (GSE)

English Firsthand 5th edition is mapped with the Global Scale of English, and teachers will be able to have free access to the GSE Teacher Booklet that shows which Can-do descriptors are covered in each unit/page per level and that supports teachers to develop syllabus for their class.

Wealth of Free Resources

In this new edition of English Firsthand there are a wealth of resources online for free.

From the companion website From the teacher’s resource website – all downloadable
(Please contact your sales rep for access to it.)
  • Student Book Audio, Workbook Audio (streaming/downloadable)
  • Student Book Video (streaming/ downloadable)
  • Workbook (downloadable pdf)
  • Teacher’s Manual (PDF)¹
  • Student Book Audio Script (PDF)²
  • Test Package (PDF and Word)²
  • Answer Keys (for both My Assessment and Test Package/ PDF)²
  • Test Audio²
  • Test Audio Script (PDF)²
  • Video Scripts (PDF)²
  • Workbook Answer Keys (PDF)²
  • Workbook Audio Scripts (PDF) ²

¹ Printed Teacher’s Manual is also available.

² Also included in CD-ROM attached to the printed Teachers Manual

Companion Website

You can see information about the English Firsthand 5th edition, Unit sample pages and Scope & Sequence in the companion website.

English Firsthand 5th edition catalog website

For more details about English Firsthand 5th edition, including sample units etc, visit our catalog website.

ELT Teaching Tips with Marc and John

To celebrate English Firsthand 25th birthday, the authors Marc Helgesen and John Wiltshier have teamed up with Pearson Japan to release a series of short videos showing teaching tips in the classroom.

Learn more

Online Teaching Tips & Ideas

Teaching ideas for getting back to face to face (safely)

Request sample

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