Wider World

by B. Hastings, S. McKinlay, C. Barraclough, S. Gaynor & K. Alevizos 

Using English to access a Wider World of knowledge, skills and experience

Wider World reflects the way that today’s teens access information and entertainment: from the internet, using personal devices such as tablets, laptops and mobiles. The content and the style in which it is presented is designed to inspire and challenge teenagers.

By interacting with the content, rather than just practising, students acquire the language at a deeper cognitive level. Rather than just another subject on the curriculum, English becomes the tool through which they access a Wider World of knowledge, skills and experience. 

Wider World is the portal to a fascinating world of English language knowledge and skills for the 21st century learners. The combination of authentic and engaging videos from the BBC with Pearson’s ELT expertise gives teenage learners everything they need to achieve their goals in the wider world. 


Humorous dramas, intriguing BBC Culture and BBC Vox Pop videos provide inspiring content and motivate students to use English as it is really spoken. 


Numerous opportunities for interaction with real life content across print and digital formats allow students to develop their language skills at a deeper cognitive level. 


Thoroughly researched and challenging content delivered within the Assessment for Learning principles improves students’ chances for exam success. 


Unique collaboration 

Pearson and the BBC have come together in a unique collaboration to provide learners with the ultimate in engaging and effective English learning materials: the Wider World course.

Wider World provides authentic, motivating content delivered through a wide range of functional videos. 

BBC Culture videos

  • high-quality, authentic BBC documentaries. 
  • intriguing and interesting view of cultural topics 
  • a major boost on students’ imagination and curiosity about the wider world. 
  • real scenarios to improve students’ receptive skills and to gain confidence in interpreting real content in English. 

Drama videos

  • feature an entertaining soap opera-type drama about a group of teenagers and their lives.
  • cover grammar and speaking content from a relevant unit. 
  • present target language in an engaging and meaningful way
  • improve students’ receptive fluency. 

BBC Vox Pop videos

  • short clips of real people filmed on the streets of London.
  • interesting topics and themes. Short, manageable chunks of language in a real context. 
  • exposure to authentic, unscripted and spontaneous language

How to join and prepare for Pearson and BBC Live Classes

For pupils

- Student’s Book
- Workbook with Extra Online Homework
- Student’s eText
- Exam Practice Books
- Also available Student’s Book with MEL. 

For teachers

- Class audio
- Teacher’s Book
- Active Teach
- MyEnglishLab & eText Teacher Online Access Code.