A new, complete four-level English
language course

For 12 to 16 year olds

Takes students from CEF A1+ to B1
(25 to 52 on the Global Scale of English)


Live Beat is a new four-level course that keeps
teenage students motivated and focused to
achieve better learning outcomes. It builds on
the successful approach used by the same
authors in the bestselling Upbeat course.

Native English-speaking teenagers in video blogs cover
topics that appeal to students’ interests.

Functional videos, grammar and pronunciation animations
make learning effective and fun.

Interactive activities in the eTexts and MyEnglishLab keep
students focused.

Realistic communicative activities help students to start
using their English immediately.

Carefully structured lessons focus on both written and
verbal communication skills.

Interactive functional videos activate language quickly.

Regular revision sections consolidate students’ knowledge
and build awareness of what they already know.

A comprehensive testing and assessment package allows
teachers and students to track how well they are doing.

MyEnglishLab improves student results and allows teachers
to monitor performance.


Students can enter the course at any of the four levels. Levels 2, 3 and 4 include starter units to revise and consolidate the key grammar and vocabulary before moving on. Diagnostic tests, which are a part of the extensive testing and assessment package, help you decide which level to start with.

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The Global Scale of English is a standardised, granular scale from 10 to 90, which measures English language proficiency. Unlike other frameworks, which describe attainment in broad bands, the Global Scale of English identifies what a learner can do at each point on the scale across speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

The scale is designed to motivate learners by demonstrating incremental, step-by-step progress in their language ability

Visit english.com/gse to learn more.


Videos and animations are an integral part of the course - there are
more than 130 video clips in the course – so you always have material on
hand to engage your teenage students.

Use Your English

There are three versions of each of these interactive functional videos: the complete dialogue, and a video of each speaker, so that students can role play as participants in the dialogue. Each video is available with and without subtitles.


The video blogs (vlogs) feature teenagers casually discussing their own lives and a range of subjects, presenting vocabulary and grammar in a real context that students can identify with.

Five Days Drama

Available with Level 2 of the course, this teenage drama exposes students to authentic use of English.

Pronunciation animations

Pronunciation animations provide practice for specific sounds, and stress and intonation patterns to improve oral communication.

Grammar animations

These animations are a powerful tool to focus students’ attention on the language form and usage.



The Students’ Book contains 10 units that build and consolidate students’ knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, functional language and systematic development of the 4 language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Language Revision helps students monitor their own progress through self-assessment while Skills Revision gives students practice question types from the Trinity, KET and PET exams.


The Workbook follows the Students’ Book structure:

  • Exercises are at two levels of difficulty to cater for
    Mixed Ability Classes.

  • Each input lesson ends with a Grammar Summary, with
    examples and simple rules. Language Round-Ups give extra
    practice and provide Self-check score boxes and an Audio
    answer key so students can check their knowledge.

  • Skills Practice Pages focus on reading, writing and


The Class audio CDs contain all the recorded material from the Students’ Book.


The Teacher’s Resource Materials in pdf format include teaching notes, answer keys, audio scripts and background notes as well as extra activities and an assessment package.


Optional extra activities help you tailor the course materials to the needs of your individual classes and students:

  • Look Forward exercises at start of unit prepare students for the unit topic

  • Extension

  • Extra practice

  • Motivator worksheets

  • Summative Round-up worksheets

Testing and Assessment package

  • A diagnostic test for the start of the course to assess the level of students.
  • Individual unit tests focusing on grammar,
    vocabulary and functions.
  • Two skills tests every two units.
  • Summative tests every two units to assess
    students’ knowledge at key points.
  • End-of-year tests to assess students’
  • A and B versions of all tests.


  • Zoom in and out of the page, conjure up audio
    scripts and answers at the touch of a button,
    highlight words and phrases.
  • Capture your students’ imagination with
    animations, video clips, vlogs and games.
  • The eText also contains teaching notes, motivator
    worksheets, tests, word lists and phonetics charts.


The Students' eText is designed for individual use on a tablet or PC. With all the interactivity of the Teacher’s eTexts – but not the answers (or teacher-specific materials) the Students’ eText can be used instead of a print version of the Students’ book.


MyEnglishLab is an online platform that helps students to practise their English outside class and for teachers to continue to interact with them.

Live Beat MyEnglishLab for STUDENTS

  • An interactive version of the entire Workbook.
  • Extra skills practice.
  • Video blogs with follow-up activities to consolidate learning.
  • Additional Five Days drama video activities for more exposure to the authentic use of English.
  • Pronunciation activities with record and playback.
  • Useful tips for activities and instant feedback to tests to explain why an answer is right or wrong.

Live Beat MyEnglishLab for TEACHERS

  • See how your students are progressing at a glance with the Gradebook.
  • Understand your students’ common errors and see who’s making them with the Common Error Report.
  • Assign tasks to a whole class, groups of students or individual students.
  • Send feedback to your students.


The experts and authors of Live Beat share practical tips and ideas on how to stop students from staring out of the window and getting involved.

Teaching effective oral

Expert Tips

Teaching effective written

Expert Tips

Setting goals and monitoring

Expert Tips

Motivating learners
using digital tools

Expert Tips

We asked you for your teaching tips on the above topics. Thanks for sending them in and here are some of our favourites.

    Here’s a tip about practising written communication through stories.
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    Writing stories: the story is written over several sessions. 1st: think of a place, think of it in detail, location, colors, smells, etc. Record the information. 2nd: Think of three or four characters. Describe them and the relationship among them. Record the information through notes. 3rd: think of a problem or situation that may have happened among them. Record the information through notes. 4th: put all the parts together by making a first draft of your story. Don't worry about grammar, pay attention to the story. 5th: edit the story, check grammar and the unity of the text.

    From Alejandra Zegpi in Chile.

    A great tip about motivating teenagers by using technology.
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    Teens are very motivated by use of new technologies. They like recording each other and they like work being uploaded to networks. As against this they can feel shy about their faces appearing, so I often get them to do roles with puppets, and they video record the puppets in action. The act of recording in video or simply voice recording motivates them to pronounce as well as they can, to use precise vocabulary and to use more correct grammar.

    From Aisling O’Donovan in Spain.

    A fun game to review students’ progress on a range of topics.
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    I usually play tic/tac/toe with my students to review practically everything from vocabulary to sentence structure etc. I divide students in two teams and write a grid on the board with the target words. I ask them to choose a word and make a sentence in English. If the sentence is correct, the box with that word goes to that team (beforehand they choose to be either X or 0). If they have provided an incorrect sentence the other team gets a try to take the box away. This happens only if their sentence is different and perfect. Then, they choose another sentence and the process repeats. The first team to have three in a row wins.

    My students love this game and as I said I also use tic/tac/toe to practise grammar. What works is using time words that elicit a certain tense, i.e. yesterday, already, now, often. In this case I sometimes provide students with flashcards depicting verbs they must use with the time word. Another variation is randomly writing a +/-/? next to the words in the boxes so that students must make either a positive/negative/question.

    From Angie Soemmer in Germany

    A great idea about how to practise effective oral communication.
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    For effective oral communication, I give them this as homework. It's called "phone calls". Each one of my students has to telephone one of their classmates (who calls who has been pre-arranged in class and telephone numbers have been exchanged). The telephone conversation will be based on what we are doing in class. If we are doing, for example, the present continuous tense with future reference, they will have to ask their classmate 2-3 questions about their weekend plans and note down their answers (it's always an excellent way to use reported speech at the same time).They seem to enjoy it greatly and they like to play at being English!!!

    From Marina Nikolaou in Greece.

    A fantastic top about how to improve lessons by sharing the initiative with your students.
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    I have been always concerned with motivating young students to learn English and for my 36 years of being a teacher I have always come to the same conclusion: you will never achieve anything without the will of your students. That made me think of changing my attitude to traditionally conducted lessons. I leave the initiative to the students and never ignore their interests, which currently gravitate towards modern technologies. Being a senior teacher I admitted to my students my being less skilful in technology and allowed them to teach me all they wanted.

    Like Socrates I started asking questions and smuggling grammar into these discussions. For example: What would happen if I clicked "unlike this" on Facebook? They answered very eagerly and soon from this very detailed question we were discussing one of the most important skills, which is "communication and technology". What I observed is that teenagers who want to be treated as adults acquire knowledge much better in the CLIL system especially when the issues discussed are neither too individual, nor too global.

    My tip to motivate adolescent learners is to share the initiative with them and let them construct the curriculum by themselves. They usually appreciate that gesture from the teacher whose role is no longer to provide knowledge in 100% of cases, but to show students how to use all available media including tutors to find what they are looking for.

    From Ekaterini Papas-Rotko in Poland.

Extra Lessons

Looking for additional instant lesson recipes? Download our free worksheets, and photocopy them for your students and you’re ready to teach. With the accompanying teachers’ notes our lessons require almost no preparation.

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Ingrid Freebairn

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Ingrid Freebairn is a well-known, highly-respected and very successful Pearson author. Together with Brian Abbs, Ingrid has written many of our most successful best-selling courses, including Sky, Snapshot, Blueprint, Flying Start, Discoveries and Strategies. As well as teaching, teacher-training and writing, Ingrid has also worked as an examiner for The University of Cambridge and an inspector of private language schools for the British Council. In the course of her work, she has travelled widely in Europe, the US and Latin America.

Jonathan Bygrave

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Jonathan Bygrave has worked in the field of ELT since 1992 as a teacher, editor, publisher and author. During that time he has been involved in developing both print and online materials. Jonathan has travelled extensively to research the use of coursebooks in modern classrooms and has been an author on the Sky and Total English courses.

Judy Copage

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Judy Copage has been involved in ELT as a teacher, teacher trainer and author since 1977 and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and TESOL at the University of Wolverhampton in the UK. She has worked in the UK, Portugal, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Greece. Her books include FCE Writing and FCE Use of English, Get on Track (with LucreciaLuque-Mortimer), Wonderland Teacher’s component and The Wonderkids (with Ingrid Freebairn and Sandy Zervas).

Liz Kilbey

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Liz Kilbey trained as an ELT teacher in Cambridge, and has taught English to all ages in the UK, Greece, Japan and New Zealand. She became a full time ELT writer ten years ago. Liz has contributed to the authorship of many courses, including Friends, Energy, Challenges and New Sky.

Olivia Johnston

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Olivia Johnston has worked in ELT for forty years. She has taught English to all ages and at all levels in the UK, Italy, Morocco and Algeria, and has also done teacher training in Libya. She has been editing and writing ELT materials since 1980. She has been an author on many courses, including Cosmic Kids, Snapshot, Opportunities, Touchdown and Test Your Vocabulary

Sarah Curtis

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Sarah Curtis is an experienced teacher, trainer and materials writer. She has taught English to all ages in Portugal, Turkey, Indonesia, Japan and the UK as well as training primary and secondary school teachers in the Middle East. She has written coursebooks, teacher's books and online testing materials. She is also a qualified and experienced examiner for several international exam boards.


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Download sample units from the Student’s Book, Workbook and Teacher's Book to try out in the classroom.


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Learning should be fun. Watch some of the videos integrated into the lessons.


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


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Download sample units from the Student’s Book, Workbook and Teacher's Book to try out in the classroom.


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Learning should be fun. Watch some of the videos integrated into the lessons.


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


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Download sample units from the Student’s Book, Workbook and Teacher's Book to try out in the classroom.


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Learning should be fun. Watch some of the videos integrated into the lessons.


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


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Download sample units from the Student’s Book, Workbook and Teacher's Book to try out in the classroom.


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Learning should be fun. Watch some of the videos integrated into the lessons.


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


A perfect partner for Live Beat!

Culture CLOSE-UP is an engaging and informative English teaching resource on a DVD disc that familiarises teenagers with British and American cultures. It contains 10 videos with student worksheets and teacher’s notes to help you make the most of your teaching time. Have a sneak peak now!

Using Culture CLOSE-UP with Live Beat!

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Dictionaries and grammar support

These dictionaries and grammar learning aids are excellent partners to support students learning English with Live Beat.

Penguin Readers

There is a full library classic and contemporary books that have been adapted for readers at every level of English and include support materials to help students learn English. Selected examples for Live Beat include:


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