Learning through creative, cross-curricular tasks. Key features The emphasis is on learning language through creative tasks: making things and doing things. Activities range from making a telephone to designing a board game. Language is presented gradually and recycled frequently. The unforced pace builds children's confidence and keeps their motivation strong. The topics appeal directly to children's interests, with topics on 'Myself' (level 1) and 'My World' (level 2). Levels 3 and 4 explore other societies and cultures, looking at 'People and Places' (level 3) and 'Communication' (level 4). The Progress Book is used alongside the Class Book and gradually builds into a scrapbook of pupils' own work, forming a personal and lasting record of what they have learned and achieved. A wide range of activities, including extension stories for the quicker learners, takes into account the diversity of abilities in any one class. The practical tasks allow all children, whatever their ability, to become fully involved. The course provides opportunities for pupils to develop vital skills and learning strategies that can be applied across the school curriculum. These include skills such as logical thinking, working co-operatively, and strategies for becoming an independent learner. The friendly characters, delightful illustrations, and lavish full-colour photographs add to the attractiveness of the course and help to ensure that children's first encounter with English is an enjoyable one.