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Smart Start 1-2-3 - British English

Absolute Beginner - PRE - A1 - British English


Mary Roulston, Michelle Worgan, Paola Tite

Smart Start is a high-level pre-primary course for children aged between 3 and 5, aimed at schools that teach 5+ hours a week of English. Divided into three levels, the course offers a fun and “smart start” to very young learners.

Smart Start is designed to nurture the language development of the children whilst also nurturing their emotional, creative, mathematical and physical growth, as they move from nursery through kindergarten to the start of primary school.

The engaging characters, Tom and Izzy (twin brother and sister), introduce children to the world of English and create a positive, fun learning environment through their adventures with their friends, family and adorable cat, Coco. The language is thus contextualised in a humorous and motivating way.

Delightful stories bring a range of values into the English language classroom, while age-appropriate activities help children develop vocabulary skills, learn English sounds through phonics lessons, discover numbers and practise pre-reading and pre-writing skills.


Smart Start’s key objective is to make the children enjoy their first educational experience, maintaining their natural motivation and enthusiasm for learning English. Successful results are guaranteed through course features such as:

• interactive sticker scenes

• fun songs and chants with actions

• funny comic-style stories to introduce new language

• hands-on experiments and projects

• engaging stories with age-appropriate values

• language reviews in real-world settings featuring children from around the globe

• a range of ideas for artistic expression and games

Student Book 1

• 80 full-colour pages.

• Introductory 2-page Welcome unit.

• 8 units with 6 lessons each, plus a review lesson.

• 2 Real World sections.

• A cut-out section with character puppets.

• Stickers for children to complete the Lesson 1 pages of each unit.

Student Book 2 and 3

• 96 full-colour pages.

• Introductory 2-page Welcome unit.

• 9 units with 8 lessons each.

• 3 Real World sections.

• A mini picture card cut-out section.

• Stickers for children to complete the Lesson 1 pages of each unit.

Activity Book 1-2-3

The Activity Books reinforce the material introduced in the Student Books and consolidate reading, writing, numeracy, language skills and fine motor skills in a range of activities. The activities are designed to be set up in class or to be completed at home:

• pencil to paper practice.

• Fine skills work (circling, matching, colouring).

• A selection of Values activities linked to the stories in the Student Book.

• Cut-out activities.

• ‘Say’ activities to encourage oral language development and a home-school connection.

Teacher’s Book 1-2-3

The Teacher’s Books with teaching notes are interleaved with the Student Book pages, thus very clear and easy-to-follow.

Key features include:

• objectives with lesson aims, key language, basic and optional materials, language competences to be achieved.

• Warm up activities.

• Step-by-step teaching notes.

• Extra activity ideas.

• Consolidation activities for ending a lesson.

• A Games bank.

• Photocopiable templates.


• Flashcards – full-colour flashcards illustrate the target vocabulary in each unit. Ideal for presentation, revision, practice and a variety of games.

• Posters – Presentation and review posters for recycling language.

• Puppet – A Coco the cat hand puppet to be used in all lessons to welcome and praise the children, as well as to introduce vocabulary and demonstrate games and activities.

Digital Book 1-2-3

• Fully interactive, for classroom use with an interactive whiteboard (IWB).

• The Digital Books contain interactive activities and the animated stories from the Student Books.

• ‘Heads-up’ lessons engage and stimulate the children’s interest.

Digital resources for online / blended lessons
• Fully interactive Digital book, for classroom use with an interactive whiteboard (IWB) and for online lessons.
• The Digital Books contain interactive activities and the animated stories from the Student Books.
• ‘Heads-up’ lessons engage and stimulate the children’s interest.

• ELI LINK app to access video and audio files directly from the printed book.


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Purchasing Info

SMART START 1 - Activity Book

ISBN: 9788853626806

SMART START 1 - Flashcards

ISBN: 9788853626837

SMART START 1 - Poster

ISBN: 9788853626844

SMART START 1 - SB + stickers + free downloadable audios and digital book

ISBN: 9788853626790

SMART START 1 - Teacher's Digital Book

ISBN: 9788853627001

SMART START 1 - Teacher's Guide + 2 Audio CDs

ISBN: 9788853626813

SMART START 2 - Activity Book

ISBN: 9788853626868

SMART START 2 - Literacy Book

ISBN: 9788853626899

SMART START 2 - Numeracy Book

ISBN: 9788853626905

SMART START 2 - Poster

ISBN: 9788853626912

SMART START 2 - SB + stickers + free downloadable audios and digital book

ISBN: 9788853626851

SMART START 2 - Teacher's Digital Book

ISBN: 9788853627018

SMART START 2 - Teacher's Guide + 2 Audio CDs

ISBN: 9788853626875

SMART START 3 - Activity Book

ISBN: 9788853626936

SMART START 3 - Flashcards

ISBN: 9788853626981

SMART START 3 - Literacy Book

ISBN: 9788853626967

SMART START 3 - Numeracy Book

ISBN: 9788853626974

SMART START 3 - SB + stickers + free downloadable audios and digital book

ISBN: 9788853626929

SMART START 3 - Teacher's Digital Book

ISBN: 9788853627025

SMART START 3 - Teacher's Guide + 2 Audio CDs

ISBN: 9788853626943

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