What makes Top Notch the Leader in Global Communication?

Some say it's the communication goals built into each lesson & systematic recycling, some say it's the natural language used and others swear it's the focus on cultural fluency. We could go on, but we'll let Allen Ascher (One of the authors) tell you why.

 

What is Top Notch?

Learning English with Top Notch is a fun and engaging experience for your students.

Encourage participation with pop songs, socialising with soap operas and discovery within a world of cultural diversities and travel.

Top Notch makes English unforgettable through multiple exposures to language, numerous opportunities to practice it, and intensive recycling.

The Levels

Top Notch Fundamentals

Top Notch Fundamentals is for true beginners or false beginners who need a review. Top Notch Fundamentals introduces competencies within A1 Level described in the Common European Framework of Reference. The full A1 range of competences is completed in Top Notch 1.

Top Notch 1

Top Notch 1 is for false beginners or for students who have completed Top Notch Fundamentals. Top Notch 1 introduces all the competencies of A1 Level described in the Common European Framework of Reference, and introduces competencies at the A2 level.

Top Notch 2

Top Notch 2 is for high-beginning students. It is the third book in the Top Notch series and covers competencies from A2 Level described in the Common European Framework of Reference, and introduces competences from the B1 level.

Top Notch 3

Top Notch 3 is the fourth book in the Top Notch series and covers competencies from B1 Level described in the Common European Framework of Reference.

Everything you need to teach at your fingertips.

  • Save time and plan your lessons using ActiveTeach
  • Energise your classroom with interactivity and participation
  • Access your Top Notch practise activities, audios, videos and resources
  • Can be used with an IWB or a computer and projector, you chooses

See it in practise!

Activebook

Included with every book. Encourage self-study outside the classroom with the Activebook CD-ROM. Great for mixed-ability classes to encourage motivated students to progress and to support students who need extra practise.

  • Take the lesson home with Digital Student's Book pages
  • Practise all skills with interactive speaking, listening, reading, grammar & vocabulary practice
  • Prepare for tests with unit study guides
  • Support memory skills and learn with Top Notch Pop music and karaoke
  • Stay in control and manage activity with your activity log report

See it in practise!

Class Audio

Prepare your students to communicate with a variety of speakers using a regional and non-native accent audio program.

  • Rhythm and intonation practice
  • Vocabulary presentations
  • Conversation models
  • Pronunciation exercises
  • Reading passages
  • Listening comprehension passages
  • Top Notch Pop Songs in standard and karaoke form

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Complete Assessment with Examview

Easy-to-administer and easy-to-score unit achievement tests assess listening, vocabulary, grammar, social language, reading, and writing. In addition to the photocopiable achievement tests, ExamView® software enables teachers to customize tests that best meet their own needs.

  • Ten printable Achievement Tests (one for each unit of the Student’s Book)
  • Two printable Review Tests (one mid-book and one end of book)
  • Two printable Speaking Tests with oral assessment guidelines
  • Audioscripts
  • Answer Key
  • PLUS a bound-in CD-ROM that includes:
  • Audio for all listening sections
  • ExamView® software so you can revise, delete, or add items

Copy and Go

Motivating games, puzzles, and other practice activities in convenient photocopiable form support Student's Book content and provide a welcome change of pace.

  • Ready-made photocopiable interactive activities for busy teachers
  • One photocopiable activity for every lesson
  • Just copy, and you’re ready to go!

Full Placement Test

Accurately place your students into Top Notch Second Edition Fundamentals, 1, 2, or 3, or into Summit 1 or 2. Each Placement Test takes one hour to administer.

  • Four forms of the test (Placement Tests A, B, C, and D) for photocopying
  • Audio for the Listening Test
  • Detailed instructions for administering the Placement Test
  • Guidelines for scoring and placement
  • Audioscripts
  • Answer Keys

Each Placement Test consists of:

  • Listening Test: three listening passages with ten multiple-choice items
  • Reading Test: two reading passages with ten multiple-choice items
  • General Test: 36 multiple-choice items testing vocabulary, grammar, and social language
  • Guidelines for scoring and placement
  • Optional Speaking Test: For programs that choose to administer a Speaking Test, there are two forms included. The test consists of an interview based on a picture. The Speaking Test takes five to ten minutes per student to administer.

MyEnglishLab

An online learning tool that perfectly partners the Top Notch syllabus, for personalized practice & assessment.

Enriched Learning
Activities that are instantly graded and correlated to your Top Notch course.

Flexible Solutions
Assign tasks to the whole class, groups, or individual students to help them reach their goals.

Informed Teaching
Instant access to a range of diagnostic tools.

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Student’s book with Activebook

  • Systematic recycling and reinforcement of language makes English unforgettable.
  • Now with ActiveBook self-study disc for learning outside the classroom

Levels:

  • Top Notch Fundamentals: for true beginners or false beginners who need a review
  • Top Notch 1: for false beginners or for students who have completed Top Notch Fundamentals
  • Top Notch 2: for high-beginning students
  • Top Notch 3: for low-intermediate students
  • Summit 1: for high-intermediate students
  • Summit 2: for advanced students

Also available:

  • Student's Book with ActiveBook and MyLab
  • Split Editions: half the Student's Book + half the Workbook + ActiveBook – with and without MyLab

Teacher’s Edition and lesson planner

The Teacher’s Edition and Lesson Planner is a complete teaching management tool with suggested teaching times, optional activities, cross-references to all components, language and culture notes, teaching notes for the Top Notch TV Video Program.

  • A Methods Handbook of communicative language teaching
  • Tips on teaching a Top Notch unit
  • Correlations to international standards and exams
  • Detailed timed lesson plans
  • Cross references to other Top Notch components
  • Language, culture, and corpus notes
  • Usage information about American and British English
  • Top Notch TV Teaching Notes
  • Student’s Book and Workbook Answer Keys
  • Audioscripts
  • A bound-in ActiveTeach multimedia disc with a menu of teacher resources for customisation to any teaching style and reality

TV Video Program

Featuring TV-style situational comedy, plus authentic, unrehearsed on-the-street interviews featuring a variety of regional and non-native accents.

  • Available for all 4 levels of Top Notch.
  • Activity Worksheets and teaching notes are also available on the ActiveTeach Multi-ROM.

Website Support

We want to support you in the classroom and as a user of Top Notch you can be sure of plenty of it!

Access to the Top Notch Teacher Community support you with:

  • Online community to connect with other Top Notch users
  • Product support materials and how to guides
  • Regular sessions with trainers and our wonder authors Joan Saslow and Allen Ascher
  • Added resources and downloadables

Workbook

Practice makes perfect…. The illustrated Workbook provides additional practice and reinforcement of language concepts and skills from the Top Notch Second Edition Student's Book. There are skills, grammar and vocabulary exercises for every page of the Student's Book.

Why choose Top Notch?

  • Your Challenge:

    Preparing my class to speak English with anyone

    We get it, your students find listening, understanding and then speaking out loud scary! Often students find it difficult to work on listening to people with different accents, so we've made sure to include lots of accented speakers in Top Notch.

    By giving students the opportunity to hear English spoken in a variety of ways, it's not such a shock when they encounter English outside the classroom.

  • Your Challenge:

    Keeping my class engaged

    A toughie for any teacher. A key motivator for students is to achieve; it pushes them on to extend themselves and to confidently engage in the classroom. Top Notch delivers language-focused projects and clear, practical, communicative goals in every lesson, keeping student motivation and achievement high.

    The topics are modern, too, so you can rely on the content. We also think that learning should be fun, so we've added pop songs, soap operas, and other entertaining elements. That should keep them engaged.

  • Your Challenge:

    I'm new to this teaching thing

    Everyone has to start somewhere! Top Notch will suit both inexperienced and experienced teachers as we provide a range of support and extension materials for both.

    We promise not to leave you on your own and will be on hand with plenty of professional support. Plus, our amazing authors (Joan Saslow and Allen Asher) are always on hand in the online community to answer any questions you have.

  • Your Challenge:

    Challenges with mixed ability classes

    One student is flying through the course and another is getting it, but at a slower pace. How do you manage a class with several students at different levels?

    One of Top Notch's best features is its flexibility. It caters to classes of mixed abilities by providing a range of components that make it easy to tailor Top Notch for your class. So you can use it for whole class instruction, pair work conversation, and individual learning.

  • Your Challenge:

    Time. I have none!

    In the absence of a time machine, we have Top Notch. It has been put together so comprehensively that you don't need to spend time searching for extra materials for your class.

    Take a look at 'What is Top Notch' and you will see the range of tools available in the course to help you plan and manage your class. From lesson plans & extra-practice to assessment & placement tests, Top Notch is loaded with teacher support.

  • Why should I choose Top Notch?

    Top Notch is a seriously well thought out course. The team has thought about every angle of the classroom, from student motivation & confidence to teacher support & user-friendliness.

    We know that results are important and we know that seeing your students 'get it' and use it is a real buzz. That's why we've made sure that language production and goal-focused lessons are at the heart of this course. And if you need further reassurance, keep in mind that this award-winning course has already been used by over 3 million students. Just saying.

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What’s new in the second edition?

You asked for...

  • More listening skills
  • More reading skills
  • A writing syllabus
  • More practise in all areas
  • More photographs

We listened... let the authors tell you what’s new!

The authors

Introducing Joan and Allen

Both authors are frequent and popular speakers at professional conferences and international gatherings of EFL and ESL teachers.

The authors are indebted to over 500 teachers who provided extensive and detailed feedback and suggestions for the second edition of Top Notch. Take a look at the complete listing of those contributors and their professional affiliations

Allen Ascher

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Allen Ascher has been a teacher and a teacher trainer in China and the United States and taught in the TESOL Certificate Program at the New School in New York.

Joan Saslow

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Joan Saslow has taught in a variety of programs in South America and the United States. She is author of a number of multi-level integrated-skills courses for adults and young adults.

The science

Extensive feedback from teachers around the world informed the Second Edition of Top Notch, setting a new standard in user-friendly course material. You asked, and we listened, so now there is even more in the Second Edition to make teaching and learning easier.

Hear from Joan Saslow to find out how!

Free samples, CEF Correlation and Scope & sequence

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Books

Take a look for yourself at a sample unit from each of the Workbook, Student Book and Teacher's Edition with Lesson Planner.

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Videos

Learning should be fun! Take a look at some of the videos integrated into the lessons.

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Audio

Listen to the audio samples and hear the multiple exposures to new language and intensive recycling in practice.

You can also view the CEF Correlation and Scope & Sequence for Top Notch Fundamentals

Top Notch Fundamentals is the entry level for true beginners. Download sample units of Fundamentals below!

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Books

Take a look for yourself at a sample unit from each of the Workbook, Student Book and Teacher's Edition with Lesson Planner.

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Videos

Learning should be fun! Take a look at some of the videos integrated into the lessons.

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Audio

Listen to the audio samples and hear the multiple exposures to new language and intensive recycling in practice.

You can also view the CEF Correlation and Scope & Sequence for Top Notch Level 1.

Top Notch 1 is the entry level for learners with some basic capacity in English. Download sample units of Level 1.

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Books

Take a look for yourself at a sample unit from each of the Workbook, Student Book and Teacher's Edition with Lesson Planner.

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Videos

Learning should be fun! Take a look at some of the videos integrated into the lessons.

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Audio

Listen to the audio samples and hear the multiple exposures to new language and intensive recycling in practice.

You can also view the CEF Correlation and Scope & Sequence for Top Notch Fundamentals

Top Notch 2 is the third book in the Top Notch series and covers competencies from A2 Level described in the Common European Framework of Reference, and introduces competences from the B1 level. Download sample units of Level 2.

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Books

Take a look for yourself at a sample unit from each of the Workbook, Student Book and Teacher's Edition with Lesson Planner.

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Videos

Learning should be fun! Take a look at some of the videos integrated into the lessons.

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Audio

Listen to the audio samples and hear the multiple exposures to new language and intensive recycling in practice.

You can also view the CEF Correlation and Scope & Sequence for Top Notch Fundamentals

Top Notch 3 is the fourth book in the Top Notch series and covers competencies from B1 Level described in the Common European Framework of Reference. Download sample units of Level 3.

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Want to see more? Download Digital Samples

MyEnglishLab

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Enriched learning

Activites that are instantly graded and correlated to your Top Notch course.

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Flexible solutions

Assign tasks to the whole class, groups, or individual students to help them reach their goals.

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Informed teaching

We offer instant access to a range of diagnostic tools.

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Never heard of MyEnglishLab?

Oh, we've so much to catch up on. Read on!
  • Wish you had more time to focus on your communicative lessons?

    MyEnglishLab provides enriched learning online, with activities that are instantly graded and correlated to yout Top Notch course. This frees up your time (no more marking - it's all done automatically!) so now you can decide what to concentrate on during class time and use your time more effectively.

  • Wish you could support your students even when they're doing homework?

    The tips and hints in MyEnglishLab direct students to reference material that will help them complete exercises and provide learning opportunities by encouraging students to work out the answers for themselves.

  • Now you can offer each one of students the special attention you want them to have...

    When your students use MyEnglishLab for online practice, you instantly get access to a wide range of useful diagnostic tools. Automated Common Error reports (for individual students or the whole class) and instant feedback on all activities plus model answers will help you focus on the real needs of your students.

  • Make your Top Notch class stand out from the rest

    MyEnglishLab gives you the flexibility to assign tasks to the whole class, groups, or individual students to help them reach their goals effectively.

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Perfect partners

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Essential theory, practical teaching advice and classroom ideas are presented across two pages, in full colour. Essential Teacher Knowledge is ideal preparation for TKT and other entry-level teacher qualifications, or as a handbook for any ELT teacher. Essential Teacher Knowledge written by Jeremy Harmer.

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If you’re looking to encourage reading in your class, we recommend you take a look at our range of Penguin Readers. Penguin Readers are a carefully graded collection that enable English language learners to enjoy reading whatever their language level.

Why choose ?

If you thought learning was confined to the classroom, think again.

We love what we do in the English Language Teaching (ELT) at Pearson, because we get to work in lots of different types of classrooms around the world. Everyday we look at ways of combining content, assessment, technolog and services to help all teachers and students across the world teach, learn and practise their English skills. Making us, Pearson, the world's leading education company.

We believe in all kinds of learning, delivered at any time, in any place through materials of the highest quality, enabling you to achieve your English learning and teaching goals.

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