Headway 5th Edition

A six-level course for Adult and Young adult learners

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Building on proven methodology and a trusted syllabus, the 5th Edition of the popular Headway series has been updated to remain relevant to today’s English learners. With new texts, topics and digital resources, this edition provides fresh and relevant English instruction that is tailored to your students’ needs.

90% of teachers, who responded to the Headway Oxford Impact study, believe Headway has helped their students progress to the next level of study.* Its balanced methodology of vocabulary, grammar and integrated skills provides the right level of challenge for students.

* Oxford Impact is a unique way of evaluating the impact that educational products and services from Oxford University Press have on teaching and learning.


Liz & John Soars and Paul Hancock


CEFR A1 - C1


80 to 120 hours

Practical, real life content for today’s students.

  • New and updated texts, topics and tasks, and realistic activities motivate students, helping them navigate practical situations.
  • Additional online video provides the option to extend topics.


Supporting students with more online practice.

New Online Practice allows learners to boost their skills at home. They can look at Student’s Book activities again, do extra practice activities, and check progress with instant feedback.

The extra practice includes:

  • Activities that match the grammar and vocabulary from each unit.
  • Speaking practice that allows students to record and play back their voice.
  • Extra skills practice with scores grouped by skill to see the progress in specific areas.


Inspiring unit opener pages.

  • Main language areas and skills are clearly listed on the unit opener pages.
  • An inspiring photograph and questions introduce the unit topic, generating discussion and encouraging students to think about issues that have an impact on their lives.
  • Video introductions provide an overview of the content included in each unit. Try out the flipped classroom methodology with these videos to engage students with the topic in or before class.


Supporting teachers with new teacher’s online resources.

  • All your Headway resources are stored on Oxford Premium to save you time: Student’s Book and Workbook audio, videos, audioscripts, answer keys, photocopiable activities, CEFR correlations, teaching notes, tests, wordlists, and more.
  • Track your students’ progress for the Online Practice and manage your class online. See scores for automatically-marked activities, first and last attempts, and answers, then use the information to improve your students’ learning.

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