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All six levels of Personal Best have a strong focus on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation as well as a comprehensive skills syllabus.  Click on the links above to download the syllabus for each level or scroll down to take a look inside the key components of the course. All the examples below are taken from Personal Best B1 Pre-intermediate level.

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The Personal Best Student’s Book is divided into separate language and skills lessons so that students can focus on the new grammar and lexis, without having to struggle through long reading or listening texts. Each level has a comprehensive skills syllabus, with a particular emphasis on speaking and writing. Clear Builder and Skills boxes allow students to see exactly which skills are being focused on and the extended practice section at the back of the book offers further practice on grammar, vocabulary and communication.

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The Personal Best Workbook features comprehensive practice of the language AND skills taught in the Student’s Book. It can be used for homework or self-study and includes a wide variety of exercise and activity types, including podcasts and blogs.

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The Personal Best Teacher’s Book contains detailed guidance on how to teach the Student’s Book lessons, as well as the answer keys, complete audio and video scripts and ideas for warmers and extra practice activities.

It also contains a unique 3xPractice feature, with extra ideas on how to repeat and extend selected activities. This encourages students to play around with the new language and experiment with forms and meanings, helping them memorise and personalise the information.

Further teacher support includes Teacher Training videos featuring Jim Scrivener and practising teachers from the Bell School, Cambridge. These can be accessed through the Richmond Learning Platform.

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The Richmond Learning Platform is a superb resource for both students and teachers.

Students can practise all the language and skills from the Student’s Book and receive instant feedback.  They can also access the class and workbook audio and view the Learning Curve webshow.

Teachers can assign, track and mark ready-made activities or their own tailored tasks. They have access to a full range of downloadable editable resources as well as their own cloud storage area. They can use the ready-made tests within the Richmond Test Bank or create their own interactive or print tests using Richmond Test Manager. They can also access the Teacher Training videos featuring Jim Scrivener and the Bell School.

The platform also contains complete audio and video (Learning Curve) files in MP3 and MP4 format, which are available to all users.

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The Learning Curve webshow is the course video for Personal Best. Filmed in New York and London, it features two British and two American hosts who in turn present documentaries, interview the general public and talk about their personal lives through video diaries.

The content is seamlessly integrated into the course with one video lesson per unit in either the Speaking or Listening lesson.

The Learning Curve material is spoken at a natural pace but carefully graded for language. It will help students bridge the gap between the classroom and the real world by exposing them to natural spoken English and further developing their speaking and listening skills.

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The FREE Personal Best Language App offers students a quick and fun way to practise the grammar and vocabulary they have encountered in the Students’ Book. It includes every grammar point and vocabulary set from the Student’s Book, as well as a variety of pronunciation exercises. With its timed activities and game-like challenges, the app is the perfect way for students to learn and practise on the go.

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The Personal Best Class Audio includes all the audio tracks for the listening activities in the Student’s Book, together with the audio for the Learning Curve video episodes, in case video facilities are unavailable in class. All of the tracks are also available as MP3 files for download from the Richmond Learning Platform.

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