Reach into Backpack for the most complete classroom ingredients.

Millions of children around the world have learned English using BACKPACK! Based on the tried and proven methodology, this course is a communicative program based on cross-curricular content and task based activities. With a robust teacher resource and assessment program, teachers love teaching English with Backpack.

  • 7-level course for primary school students
  • For 5 to 12 year-olds
  • Takes students from CEF A1 to B1


We listened to teachers around the world and designed BACKPACK to meet your teaching needs! It has a complete range of teaching tools and gives students a fun learning experience while teaching things that help them to be good social citizens.

The Teacher’s Edition helps busy teachers to teach great classes.  You will love the 5-step lesson plans for each unit of the Student Book which give detailed instructions on what to do before, during, and after each lesson. The Teacher’s Edition is your personal teaching assistant.

Looking for more tools to use in the classroom? How about the Teacher’s Resource book – full of activities and fun ideas that students will love.

ExamView helps you to whip up customized tests, targeted to the needs and progress of your class.

Students want to express their ideas on paper, but it’s not always easy in a new language they are learning. Backpack 2e has a strong focus on spelling, grammar, and writing to help them become better writers.

Learning English is important for children but they also need to learn life-lessons. Backpack 2e has a values lesson in each unit, teaching students what’s right or wrong, and helping them become a better person.


  • CEFR: A1-
  • PTE Young Learners: First Words
  • CYLET: Starter


I want my students to become better communicators
in English.

Backpack's four-skills approach with solid grammar practice and a variety of pairwork and group work activties teaches real communication.

I have a very hectic schedule.

Between the comprehensive Teacher's Edition, Teacher's Resource Book, and ExamView, we've got you covered. The Teacher's Edition has detailed step-by-step guide on how to teach each lesson. If you have a class full of ambitious kids, use the extra activities and classroom ideas found in the Teacher's Resource Book. Oh, and come test time, ExamView can help you customize tests by mixing and matching question-types. You can even change the order of the sections in case kids get the urge to "peek" at their neighbors papers
(not that they are going to, of course!)

I'd like to incorporate a variety of content into my class.

Backpack has content lessons in each unit where students learn about other subjects such as science, math and social studies using English. You can also choose to use the Backpack Content Readers which supplement the theme of every unit w/ extra reading and activities.

I need to keep my students engaged.

Packed with songs, games and projects, and a rich variety of reading genres, students won't have time to get bored. There is a great mix of using paper and pencil with activities that have your class moving around. Or how about watching video clips and assign extra activities on the CD-ROM?


Mario Herrera

Mario has a degree in education and an MA in EFL. He has taught English for more than 30 years at all levels, from young children to adults. He is the author and co-author of many acclaimed ESL/EFL series that are used in levels ranging from pre-primary to lower-secondary schools.

He has authored many series such as Pockets, a three-level pre-primary EFL course, Cool Chat Connected, an EFL course for secondary schools. His latest projects are Big Fun and Big English. As an international consultant and teacher trainer, Mario travels the globe, directing seminars and delivering professional development workshops throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Read an interview with Mario.

Diane Pinkley

Diane Pinkley is former Director of the TC TESOL Certificate Program in the TESOL Program, Department of Arts and Humanities, at Teacher's College, Columbia University in New York. A well-known educator and author in ELL/EFL,she has trained teachers and presented academic papers at conferences around the world.

In addition, she has made major contributions to these best-selling courses: On Target and In Charge for adults and Letters to Parents and Spin! for children. Formerly the Director of the Institute of North American studies in Badalona, Spain, and Curriculum Coordinator at the Michigan Language Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she has taught all levels of ESL and EFL.

Teaching Resources

Graphic Organizers

Some students are visual learners. Why not make it fun and use these graphic organizers to help with
their learning?

Letters Home

Parents want to know what their kids are learning in school. Use these Letters Home to update them on what you’re doing in English class in three easy steps –

Backpack Content Reader Activities

Do you have ambitious students who want extra practice with the Backpack Content Readers?
Then have them try these activity sheets!


If you thought learning was confined to the classroom, think again.

We love what we do in English Language Teaching (ELT) at Pearson because we get to work in a lot of different types of classrooms around the world. Every day we look at ways of combining content, assessment, technology and services to help teachers and students across the world teach, learn and practice their English skills, making us, Pearson, the world's leading education company.

We believe in all kinds of learning, delivered at any time, in any place through materials of the highest quality, enabling you to achieve your English learning and teaching goals.

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