Gold takes students from Preliminary to Advanced level, building their motivation and confidence in English every step of the way.

As the bestselling exam series for nearly 2 decades and trusted by teachers everywhere, Gold has helped over 8 million students worldwide to succeed in their Cambridge English exams.

What is Gold?

The trusted Gold series takes students from Preliminary to Advanced level, helping build their confidence and develop natural speaking skills in English every step of the way.

You say exams, you think “arghhh! stress”. Gold is a fun and communicative course which is light on the page but thorough in its preparation, and helps take some of the “argh! pressure” out of a serious subject.

Providing enjoyable, communicative classes with a strong emphasis on personalisation, Gold is the popular choice for teachers around the world (8 million learners as we type..).

The Levels

  • Gold Preliminary

    Gold Preliminary

    Everything your students need to prepare for the Cambridge English: Preliminary exam. Gold builds students’ confidence by combining carefully graded exam preparation for the Cambridge English: Preliminary exam with thorough language and skills development – in a fun and engaging way. Gold will help you engage your class ensuring all students achieve their goals by the end of the course. Reach for Gold to lead your students to success.

    Features include:

    • MyEnglishLab for Cambridge English: Preliminary
    • Fast-paced syllabus with comprehensive exam coverage
    • Stimulating discussion-rich topics
    • Strong focus on vocabulary and chunks of language
    • Extensive writing support including activities and sample answers

    Extras:

    • With the coursebook: Audio CD-ROM with audio and interactive activities
    • Maximiser audio accessed via http://english.com/students/goldpreliminary/
    • Audio CDs and Students eTexts also available

  • Gold Pre-First

    Gold Pre-First

    The ideal B1+ course to lead your students towards B2 level and preparation for the Cambridge English: First exam. Gold will help you engage your class through fun and interesting topics and tasks, suitable for a variety of students’ learning styles.

    Features include:

    • Thorough language and skills training
    • Fast-paced syllabus with comprehensive exam coverage
    • Carefully graded activities, building up to the level of the First exam.
    • Stimulating discussion-rich topics
    • Strong focus on vocabulary and chunks of language
    • Extensive writing support including useful language and sample answers

    Extras:

    • With the coursebook: Audio CD-ROM with audio and interactive activities
    • Maximiser audio accessed via http://english.com/students/goldprefirst/
    • Audio CDs and Students' eTexts also available

  • Gold First

    Gold First New Edition

    A new edition of Gold First, completely in line with Cambridge 2015 exam specifications. Build your students’ confidence in a fun and engaging way, combining carefully graded exam preparation for the Cambridge English: First exam with thorough language and skills development. Stimulating discussion-rich topics and strong focus on vocabulary and chunks of language plus extensive writing support will ensure your students are ready on the day of the exam. Gold is suitable for a variety of learning styles ensuring all students achieve their learning goals.

    Sections of Gold First that have been changed to focus specifically on the revised Cambridge English: First exam include:

    • MyEnglishLab for Cambridge English: First
    • Speaking tasks redesigned and rewritten in line with the revised Exam specifications
    • Shorter Texts and tasks for comprehensive exam coverage
    • Further writing support including useful language and sample answers
    • Completely new writing sections with an academic focus including sample answers and lots of extra support to ensure students can tackle the Writing paper successfully

    Extras: MyEnglishLab for Cambridge English: First

    • Exam Maximiser audio accessed via http://english.com/students/goldfirst/
    • Online Teacher’s book with tests and resources
    • Teacher's eText software for IWB
    • Audio CDs and Student eText also available

  • Gold Advanced

    Gold Advanced

    Written for the 2015 exam specifications, the best-selling CAE Gold Plus is now in a brand new edition - new design and 100% new content with the same winning formula! Gold Advanced combines carefully graded exam preparation with thorough language and skills development in a communicative, engaging way. Gold will help engage your class and build your students’ confidence, ensuring all students achieve their goals by the end of the course. Reach for Gold and lead your students to exam success.

    Features include:

    • Fast-paced syllabus with comprehensive Cambridge English: Advanced exam coverage
    • Activities are at the level of the exam from the start of the course
    • Thorough language and skills training with stimulating discussion-rich topics
    • Strong focus on vocabulary and chunks of language
    • Extensive writing support including useful language and sample answers

    Extras:

    • MyEnglishLab for Cambridge English: Advanced
    • Exam Maximiser audio accessed via http://english.com/students/goldadvanced/
    • Online Teacher’s book with tests and resources
    • Teacher's eText software for IWB
    • Audio CD and Student eText also available

Components

  • Coursebook

    Through interesting topics presented on pages designed like a...

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    Coursebook

    Through interesting topics presented on pages designed like a quality magazine, learners will have the opportunity for lots of discussion to talk about their own lives plus get all the advice they need to tackle the exam tasks. Gold will build your students’ confidence by combining carefully graded exam preparation for their Cambridge English exam with thorough language and skills development – in a fun and engaging way. This is a course that engages classes with a variety of learners – and whether or not they decide to sit for the exam, all your students will be ready and fully confident by the end of the course.

    Special features:

    • Fun and interesting topics and an attractive design
    • Lots of advice on how to tackle each exam task
    • Fast-paced syllabus with comprehensive exam coverage – completely in line with the revised exam 2015 specifications
    • Stimulating discussion-rich topics
    • Strong focus on vocabulary and chunks of language
    • Extensive writing support including activities and sample answers

  • Coursebook with MyEnglishLab

    Get even more exam practice and support alongside your stylish Gold coursebook...

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    Coursebook with MyEnglishLab

    Get even more exam practice and support alongside your Gold coursebook with the innovative MyEnglishLab for Cambridge Preliminary, First and Advanced exams. MyEnglishLab is a practical and engaging online learning tool that gives exam candidates the information, motivation and training they need to succeed in their English language exam. MyEnglishLabs for Cambridge English exams can be used anywhere, any time and alongside any course material at the same level. Now you can rely on this online learning tool to support your students even more effectively using the automated feedback it offers you on your students’ strengths and weaknesses. With MyEnglishLab, your students will be fully ready and confident on test day!

    Special features:

    • Skills practice: Speaking, Writing, Reading, Listening, plus Vocabulary and Grammar practice
    • Exam tasks that help students understand what they will be tested on
    • Instant rich feedback, tips and hints and personalised support on Students' common errors
    • Videos of exam overview with friendly exam tutor
    • Speaking test videos samples with commentary
    • Exam Practice Test and Mock timed test

  • Exam Maximiser with Key

    Gold Exam Maximisers provide extensive support for the coursebook helping...

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    Exam Maximiser with Key

    Gold Exam Maximisers provide extensive support for the coursebook with language work, additional practice exam tasks and extras. The Exam Maximiser can be used alongside the coursebook or on its own for re-takers.

    Special features:

    • Recycles and reviews the Coursebook grammar and vocabulary
    • Provides exam practice in exam format, with strategies and guidance
    • Includes one complete Practice Test for timed practice in the run-up to the exam
    • Contains extra resources including help with common errors at the Cambridge Exam they're preparing for.
    • Includes an Answer Key for Teachers or for students studying on their own with key version

  • Exam Maximiser (no Key)

    Gold Exam Maximisers provide extensive support for the coursebook material...

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    Exam Maximiser (no Key)

    Gold Exam Maximisers provide extensive support for the coursebook material helping students with common mistakes at the Cambridge English exam they're preparing for. The Exam Maximiser can be used alongside the coursebook or on its own for re-takers.

    Special features:

    • Recycles and reviews the Coursebook grammar and vocabulary
    • Provides exam practice in exam format, with strategies and guidance
    • Includes one complete Practice Test for timed practice in the run-up to the exam
    • Contains additional vocabulary-building section

  • Teacher's Book

    Step-by-step guidance on how to use Gold in the blended classroom...

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    Teacher's Book

    • Step-by-step guidance on how to use Gold in the blended classroom
    • Full teaching notes with answer key and audio scripts
    • Ideas for additional and alternative activities
    • Two photocopiable worksheets with teaching notes for each unit
    • Test-master providing editable unit, progress, entrance and exit tests online

  • Teacher's Online Resource Material

    Digital teacher resources to accompany and supplement your teaching using Gold...

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    Teacher's Online Resource Material

    Digital teacher resources to accompany and supplement your teaching using Gold. Includes full Teacher’s book content, Test-masters and Photocopiables. Access your resources online anywhere, any time and print off the pages you need for your day’s lesson… (and never worry about carrying around heavy Teacher’s books again!)

    Contact your local representative to request access. You can find your local office here.

  • Teacher's IWB Software

    Interactive whiteboard software providing everything you need on one disc...

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    Teacher's IWB Software

    Interactive whiteboard software providing everything you need on one disc or online, including full coursebook with interactive activities and show-answers, Speaking test videos and Testmasters.

  • Students' eText

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    Students' eText

    Do your students prefer learning English whilst using their tablets? No problem!

    Pearson Students’ eTexts are compatible with Apple and Android tablets and can be used online or offline (via the Pearson eText App). Get your Students to buy their Gold coursebook eText and enjoy a fully digital classroom.

Why Choose Gold?

  • You need to know you’re using a
    course that gets results

    Exams are a stressful time for students, teachers and parents - we get it! You can trust Gold to support your teaching and help your students prepare for their Cambridge English exam. Gold combines interesting topics and thorough language and skills development with exam support for both you and your students. Structured work for your students on how to approach the exam and how to tackle each task, and advice for you on how to teach for exams all mean you can have confidence in Gold. Think of us as your backstage crew; you do what you do best and we'll support you with a great product.

  • You need a hand understanding the
    detail of the exam

    Look, we're not Cambridge English. We’re independent and, like you, have had to work to understand the Cambridge English exams, along with the changes coming in 2015 - and, like you, our focus is on every single learner in the classroom. We have a long and wide experience of teaching and producing teaching materials that get results. You can count on us to support you to understand the exams and navigate the changes in 2015. That's why we've designed 'Exams Place', your go-to space for all exams information.

  • You need to keep a whole class
    engaged with mixed goals

    Gold prepares students for serious exams while keeping your classroom fun and communicative. With genuinely interesting texts alongside lots of opportunity for discussions and a chance to talk about real life experiences, Gold is a great way to engage your classroom. The course teaches general English language, skills and topics and works for non-exam takers too, so Gold is a perfect choice when you need to support the different goals of your class.

Authors

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Jan Bell

Jan Bell has worked as a teacher and teacher trainer for the British Council and Bell Educational Trust in the UK and in various parts of the world. Amongst her publications, she is co-author of the Matters series, Expert series and GOLD First for Pearson, and Face2face Advanced for CUP. She also writes for Cambridge ESOL.

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Sally Burgess

Sally Burgess has been involved with the Gold series since the publication of the first edition of First Certificate Gold in 1996. She teaches at the University of La Laguna in Tenerife, Spain where she has lived since the mid 1980s with her partner and a succession of highly intelligent cats. For many years she was an oral examiner for the Cambridge ESOL main suite examinations and is, with Katie Head, the author of 'How to Teach for Exams'. Sally has an MA in TEFL from the University of Reading, UK, where she also did her PhD, a study of the differences in academic writing in English and Spanish. She is still involved with research in this area but is also interested in translation studies and teacher training for CLIL.

Lynda Edwards

Lynda spent the first part of her working life teaching EFL to international students before going on to becoming involved in teacher training. She has written several course books for students from A2 level through to C1 as well as skills books, resource books, work books, Teacher’s books, tests and graded readers. She also writes for many Cambridge ESOL examinations. When not writing she enjoys reading and walking her dog ‘Bailey’ in the New Forest.

Jon Naunton

Jon Naunton is a teacher and materials writerwho has written a number of coursebooks including Gold Pre-First .He started his career in Rome and went on to teach in Libya and International House London where he was a teacher trainer and director of studies responsible for examination classes. He now lives in France where he teaches at the University of Tours and writes course materials. Jon has a degree in English, an MA in second language learning and teaching from the university of London, and an MBA from CASS business school.

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Amanda Thomas

Amanda Thomas has worked in ELT for 25 years as a teacher, examiner and exam materials writer. Based in the UK, she now writes full-time and is the co-author of Gold First and other exam preparation coursebooks.

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Clare Walsh

'Clare Walsh has been in ELT for over 20 years as a teacher, teacher trainer, examiner and exam writer in the UK and abroad, with over 10 years' experience working in EAP. She has written course books and online materials for general English, exam preparation courses and university preparation courses.'

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Lindsay Warwick

Lindsay Warwick has been in ELT for over 16 years. Based in Cambridge, she is a teacher, teacher trainer, materials writer and examiner for Cambridge English exams. She has a particular interest in the use of new technologies in language learning. Lindsay’s publications include the new Gold Preliminary course and Expert PTE Academic 1.

Try It Out

Books

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Take a look for yourself at a sample unit from the Student’s Book and Teacher's Book.

Audio

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Listen to the sample tracks and hear the multiple exposures to new language and intensive recycling in practice.

Books

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Take a look for yourself at a sample unit from the Student’s Book and Teacher's Book.

Audio

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Listen to the sample tracks and hear the multiple exposures to new language and intensive recycling in practice.

Books

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Take a look for yourself at a sample unit from the Student’s Book and Teacher's Book.

Audio

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Listen to the sample tracks and hear the multiple exposures to new language and intensive recycling in practice.

Books

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Take a look for yourself at a sample unit from the Student’s Book and Teacher's Book.

Audio

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Listen to the sample tracks and hear the multiple exposures to new language and intensive recycling in practice.

You can also view the Scope & Sequence for Gold

Download sample units of Gold here: Preliminary and Pre-First

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Looking for a way to support students with different learning goals?

Flexible solutions for all your class
Assign tasks to the whole class, groups, or individual students to help them reach their goals. MyEnglishLab is a practical and engaging online learning tool that gives students the information, motivation and training they need to succeed in their Cambridge English exam. MyEnglishLabs can be used anywhere, any time and alongside any course material at the same level.

Looking for extra practice for Cambridge English exams?

To support your students with even more exam practice alongside their Gold exam course use the innovative MyEnglishLab for Cambridge English - available for Preliminary, First and Advanced.

Concerned about overcoming specific Students’ errors?

Now you can offer each one of students the special attention you want them to have... When your students use MyEnglishLab for exam practice, you instantly get access to a wide range of useful diagnostic tools. Automated Common Error reports (for individual students or the whole class) and instant feedback on all activities plus model answers will help you focus on the real needs of your students.

Informed teaching

Now you can rely on this online learning tool to support your students even more effectively using the automated feedback it offers you on your students’ language strengths and weaknesses.

With MyEnglishLab, your students will be fully ready and confident on test day!

Enhance your students’ learning

  • Comprehensive exam information and training online
  • Interactive practice in all skills areas: Speaking, Writing, Reading,Listening, Vocabulary Grammar
  • Exam tasks that help students understand what they will be tested on
  • Videos of exam overview with friendly tutor, will ensure all students feel confident about what to expect on the day
  • Watch Speaking test interview videos of exam candidates, with commentary and advice
  • Full Exam Practice Test plus a Mock timed test

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Reviews

One reason why my students and I enjoy using the Gold series is that it offers a solid preparation for the exam through interesting topics.
Henrick Oprea, Brazil
In this new edition the students have many opportunities to express opinions aswell as practice the speaking test. In my opinion this is one of the strongest points of the material.
Adriana Lado, Argentina on Gold First
I consider Gold good not only for preparing students for FCE, but also as a general class coursebook.
Eleonora Olaru, Romania
CAE Gold provides a solid foundation for this ESOL examination.
 
Trevor Lewis, Netherlands
I'm pleased with Gold because it has clarity in presenting standardized test abilities and additional testing resources.
Karla Emich-Kohler, Switzerland

Why is Gold the leader?

Gold has been around and continuously developed since 1996 and still remains one of the leaders in exam teaching.

It might be that 20 years of experience is worth relying on; it might be that the skills and teaching support builds confidence in teachers; or it might be that knowing 8 million learners have already taken their Cambridge Exams with this course is the reassurance you need. What you can be sure of: Gold is a course that takes students from Preliminary to Advanced level, helping build their confidence and develop natural speaking skills in English every step of the way.

Why choose ?

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 lots of different types of classrooms around the world. Everyday we look at ways of combining content, assessment, technology and services to help all teachers and students across the world teach, learn and practise 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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