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FOR REAL PLUS Pre-intermediate

Skills for life

For Real Plus Pre-intermediate takes students through B1, beyond the basics, with new topics and factual texts from the worlds of school, work and travel.

  • The Starter Book provides an overview of the basics with a focus on grammar, vocabulary and communication and enables students to speedily re-activate knowledge.
  • Word Expander tasks focus on more complex areas of vocabulary including syntax, multi-words verbs and verb patterns.
  • Topics have been chosen to appeal to older teens and take students beyond the classroom focussing on themes such as cultural differences, the digital world and life in the future.
  • The Skills for Life feature presents and practises transferable skills which help to develop autonomous learning.
  • The photo-story On the Road is an engaging way to review new language and learn about life as a teenager in the USA.


Student’s Book and Workbook
  • 12 Units
  • Opener lessons with warm-up activities
  • Real Communication lessons focussing on interactional language
  • Key Grammar and Grammar Review
  • Vocabulary development & Word Expander boxes
  • Real language skills enhancement
  • Get into Culture & Interculture sections
  • Language check page
  • Bonus Lessons
  • Full-colour Workbook with grammar reference, wordlists, extensive vocabulary and grammar practice, and study skills
Starter Book
  • Bringing students up to speed
  • Classroom-friendly
Skills Book
  • Focus on one skill at a time
  • Top tips for exam success
  • Extensive Reading
On Helbling e-zone
  • e-book+ with integrated audio and video plus Real Communication, Real Talk, Fast Finishers
  • Cyber Homework
  • CLIL Projects
  • Exam Practice
Helbling Media App

Full audio and video content on the go!

Teacher’s Guide
  • Infographic guide to key features of the course
  • Detailed overviews for easy lesson planning
  • Teaching notes and guidance
  • Author chats with lesson rationale
  • CEFR communicative competences
  • Transcripts and answer keys
  • Extra activities and fast finisher tasks
  • Benchmarking for exams
  • Workbook Key
On Helbling e-zone
  • IWB and Teacher’s DIGI Pack
    • Teacher’s e-book+ for Interactive Whiteboards with integrated audio and video plus extra activities
    • Teacher’s Book with audio
    • Testbuilder with audio
  • Placement Test
Helbling Media App

Full audio and video content on the go!

Scope & Sequence

Download the Scope & Sequence PDF for details on the syllabus followed by this level. 

Sample Materials

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Student's Book – Unit 5&6
Workbook – Unit 5&6
Skills Book – Unit 5&6



Martyn Hobbs

Martyn Hobbs taught English for many years abroad and in the UK, and is a prize-winning playwright and screenplay writer. He co-writes course books with Julia Starr Keddle, and has written and developed numerous video projects. He loves writing stories, especially graded readers for learners. He uses his creativity and film-making experience to make his materials involving and fun.

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Julia Starr Keddle

Julia Starr Keddle taught English abroad and in the UK for many years. She has written many successful course books with Martyn Hobbs and other materials for young people. Julia is particularly interested in accuracy and fluency, teen development, and developing ‘soft skills’. She loves thinking of new ways to present language and making it relevant, exciting and visually appealing.

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