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Life Beginner with DVD, 1st Edition

  • British English
  • Paul Dummett
  • John Hughes
  • Helen Stephenson
  • ISBN-10: 1133315682
  • ISBN-13: 9781133315681
  • 176 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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About the Product

Welcome to Life, an exciting new six-level adult series that turns learning English into an exploration of the world we live in. Drawing on National Geographic content, Life transforms the learning experience into a fabulous journey with irresistible images, articles and videos that engage students like no series before. Bring Life into your classroom!


  • Comprehensive grammar, vocabulary, functions, pronunciation and skills syllabuses address the needs of contemporary students, and then Life goes one step further to enrich communication and critical thinking.

  • Grammar is presented in context with full explanations and extensive additional support.

  • Vocabulary is introduced thematically with further focus at lexical and morphological levels in Word focus and Word building sections.

  • Real Life lessons model and practice everyday functions and pronunciation is dealt with in depth.

  • Every lesson ends with a productive outcome, such as speaking or writing.

About the Author

Paul Dummett

Paul Dummett is a teacher and writer based in Oxford, UK, where he ran his own school teaching English to professionals from 1996 to 2006. He currently teaches refugee children in Palestine and Jordan with The Hands Up project. His main interests are the use of images and narrative in language teaching and how these can aid deeper learning and memory. Seeking out writing projects that explore these interests he has found a natural home at National Geographic Learning, co-authoring titles such as Life and Keynote and acting as a Course Consultant for Look, a seven-level primary series. He enjoys travel, exercise and live music/spoken word performance.

John Hughes

John Hughes is an award-winning ELT author with thirty years’ experience of teaching and teacher training. He has worked with learners and teachers from all over the world and is a well-known conference presenter. For National Geographic Learning, he is an author on the course series Life, World English, Third Edition World Link, Fourth Edition, Success with Business, and Total Business. He’s also the author of the methodology title, Critical Thinking in ELT. His website is

Helen Stephenson

Helen Stephenson first taught business English in the 1980s. She has written in-house training courses and a course for upper-secondary students. She teaches at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

Table of Contents

Unit 1: Hello
Unit 2: Holidays
Unit 3: Families
Unit 4: Cities
Unit 5: Inventions
Unit 6: Passions
Unit 7: Different lives
Unit 8: Routines
Unit 9: Travel
Unit 10: History
Unit 11: Discovery
Unit 12: The weekend

Communication Activities
Grammar Summary
Audio Scripts


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Life Beginner: Teacher's Book with Audio CD  (ISBN-10: 1133316115 | ISBN-13: 9781133316114)
Life Beginner: ExamView CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1285451139 | ISBN-13: 9781285451138)
Life Beginner: Interactive Whiteboard DVD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1133318339 | ISBN-13: 9781133318330)

Student Supplements

Life Beginner: Workbook with Key plus Audio CD  (ISBN-10: 1133317316 | ISBN-13: 9781133317319)
Life Beginner: Workbook without Key plus Audio CD  (ISBN-10: 130550836X | ISBN-13: 9781305508361)
Life Beginner: MyLife Online Resources, Printed Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1285857259 | ISBN-13: 9781285857251)