Explore Our World

Language(s): American English

Level(s): Pre-A1, A1, A2


Explore Our World is a light and lively series with age-appropriate National Geographic content that motivates and excites young learners of English and helps them use English as a tool to learn about and interact with the world.

With an emphasis on listening, speaking, and pronunciation, Explore Our World is perfect for the communicatively-focused classroom while still providing key grammar instruction, 21st century skills practice and cross-curricular exposure.​

  • ​Fun listening and speaking activities develop essential communication skills.
  • The Sounds of English provide pronunciation practice in every unit.
  • Grammar support is flexible and varied with instruction and practice through the Workbooks, Grammar Workbooks, videos, and Lesson Planners.
  • Additional phonics instruction and support is provided through Our World Phonics and ABC.
  • Free online activities and support are available for teachers and learners at myNGconnect.com

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Diane Pinkley

Diane Pinkley is former Director of the TC TESOL Certificate Program in the TESOL Program, Department of Arts and Humanities, at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. She is a well-k... more

Gabrielle Pritchard

Gabrielle Pritchard is an author of EFL courses and children’s books. Based in the UK, she has, over the last twenty years, written materials for EFL students at all levels. Her special interest is ... more

Rob Sved

Rob Sved is an EFL author based in Oxford, UK. Over the last 20 years, he has worked as a teacher, publisher, editor and author and specializes in developing materials for young learners.

Kate Cory-Wright

Kate Cory-Wright is author of more than twenty ELT books, including primary, secondary, and adult materials. She is also an international teacher trainer, and has given over 500 ELT seminars and works... more

Ronald Scro

Ronald Scro is an instructional designer, writer, and developer of educational products in video, print, e-learning, and blended instruction. He has created educational materials for adults and childr... more


Clementown is the children's music project brainchild of Chris Beaty and Kate Lynch, partners in life and in work. Clementown writes, produces and performs original, unique and sophisticated songs an... more
Series Editors

Dr. JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall

Dr. JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall is Professor Emerita and former Director of the Language, Literacy and Culture Ph.D. Program, and Co-Director of the MA TESO... more

Dr. Joan Kang Shin

Dr. Joan Kang Shin is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University and the Academic Program Coordinator of the Teaching Culturally &... more

Explore Our World technology brings the English language learning classroom to life!

  • A Classroom Presentation Tool DVD for each level integrates all of the Explore Our World teaching resources, including Student Book pages, video, songs, games, and language presentation.
  • myNGconnect, an online companion site for teachers and learners, provides easy access to resources that support, reinforce, and build on the learning done in the classroom.
  • The Explore Our World App includes all of the games and audio available on myNGconnect, for easy access on tablets and smartphones for students and parents

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The Explore Our World Assessment materials provide instructors with the tools they need to place their learners within the correct level of Explore Our World, plan their lessons based on what they already know, and assess their comprehension of and progress through the Student Book content.

The Explore Our World Assessment resources available include:

  • Assessment Book with Audio CD, with photocopiable Placement Test, level Pre-Tests, unit quizzes and tests, rubrics, peer assessment, self-assessment, and more.

Video For Every Lesson

Created especially for young learners of English, Explore Our World Video is fully integrated into the Explore Our World teaching and learning materials, with 15-20 fun-filled minutes of video for each unit.

To make it easy to use in the classroom, every episode of Explore Our World Video is provided in manageable clips and available on Video DVDs as well as Classroom Presentation Tool DVDs, for use with an interactive whiteboard or simply a laptop and projector.

Grammar Support for Every Level

Explore Our World provides many opportunities for additional grammar presentation and practice in every level, to give teachers the flexibility to supplement and support their lessons and meet their students’ needs as necessary.

  • Additional Grammar Practice is found in each Explore Our World Workbook
  • Grammar Workbooks for every level extend grammar lessons with additional presentation and practice
  • Grammar video and more grammar activities are in the Explore Our World Video and Classroom Presentation Tools
  • Lesson Planners include step-by-step teaching instruction, "Grammar in Depth" sections, and additional grammar activity worksheets

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Professional Development

Dr. Joan Kang Shin, a respected trainer of young learner teachers in over 100 countries, and series editor for Explore Our World, has designed a Professional Development Program that helps teachers improve their classroom practice and get the most out of Explore Our World.

Using videos of real classrooms and interviews with teachers from around the world, the program covers topics relevant to every young learner classroom and is available online as well as on a Video DVD, for individual practice and review, and on a Classroom Presentation Tool DVD, to support teacher trainings and workshops.

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Additional Phonics Instruction

Our World Phonics with ABC is a 3-level series plus alphabet book that uses National Geographic content to introduce young learners to the English alphabet and help them learn, practice, and understand the sounds of English and sound/spelling relationships in the English language.

Our World Phonics includes:

  • Lessons that introduce students to the letters and sounds of English
  • Activities to explore how sounds and letters connect, including listening and repetition, sound-discrimination, letter and word recognition, reading, and writing practice
  • Chants and stories to reinforce sound/spelling relationships and the rhythm of English
  • And more!

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Young Learners and Teens 2019

Our programs for young learners and teenagers create a solid foundation for learning about the world.


For preprimary and primary, we use real-world content, supported by projects, songs, games, and stories to show very young leaners and young learners that English is a tool to learn about and communicate with the world.


Our secondary programs help teenage learners understand each other better, with projects and classroom activities that encourage confident self-expression, and help learners to develop their own voice in English.