World English, Third Edition


4 Levels

Beginner to Intermediate

American English

Up to 90 Teaching Hours/Level

World English CEFR Chart


With World English, Third Edition learners experience the world through content and ideas from National Geographic and TED, providing the motivation to talk about what’s most important to them.

Stories from real people inspire learners to make connections to their own lives, while journeys to real places help learners experience the world and real language helps them communicate confidently.

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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 conferen... more

Becky Tarver Chase

Becky Tarver Chase is an experienced English instructor who has taught all subject areas including reading, writing, grammar, communication skills, and test preparation. She has worked at universities... more

Kristin L. Johannsen

Kristin Johannsen held an MA in Applied English Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She had extensive experience teaching English in Japan, the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, F... more

Christien Lee

Christien Lee, who has dual Canadian and British citizenship, has worked in English Language Teaching for more than 20 years. His roles have included teacher, teacher trainer, curriculum developer, ma... more
Buying Options/Components


  • Student's Book
      and Workbook
  • Student's Book
      with My World English Online
  • Combo Split
       with My World English Online
  • Student's eBook
       with My World English Online


  • Student's Book
  • Student's eBook
  • Workbook
  • Combo Split
  • My World English Online


  • Teacher's Edition
  • Classroom Presentation Tool
  • ExamView Assessment Suite
  • The National Geographic Learning Online Placement Test
  • Learning Management System
From the Classroom

WORLD ENGLISH Helps 1,000 Students and their Teachers Transition to Online Learning

Our World CEFR Chart

Using World English these last few months in my online classes has been a rewarding experience…the first weeks of lockdown took me by surprise and I wasn’t prepared for the situation. But the book and its topics have engaged my students in a way I wasn’t able to see in the face-to-face classroom.

Tecnológico Nacionales de México, Mexico  


New to This Edition

The following new and updated features of World English, Third Edition are based on research and consultation with instructors and learners from around the world:

  • NEW AND UPDATED content and ideas from sources like National Geographic and TED feature real people and places to provide meaningful and fascinating springboards for language-learning and communication.
  • NEW ‘My World’ activities guide learners to personalize and share their opinions about real-world topics.
  • EXTENDED ‘Writing’ and ‘Communication’ lessons feature writing models and explicit skill instruction to provide increased opportunities for meaningful learner output.
  • EXTENDED, optional ‘Video Journal’ sections at the end of each unit features amazing video from either National Geographic or TED.
  • NEW ‘Grammar Reference’ sections in the appendix provides additional grammar support and practice while offering flexible instructional opportunities.
  • UPDATED technology includes ‘My World English Online’ for independent practice and the Classroom Presentation Tool for in-class support.

Classroom Presentation Tool

The new Classroom Presentation Tool for World English, Third Edition

Introducing Learn English with TED Talks

Learn English with TED Talks is a supplemental resource for use in any English language classroom. The language learning app and teaching resources help learners understand and discuss powerful ideas from TED Talks in the classroom.

Fully supported with easy-to-use classroom resources, including lesson plans and a Classroom Presentation Tool, Learn English with TED Talks supports any English language curriculum and inspires learners to find their own voice in English.