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OUP Annual Report 2013/14


Key new education works

American English File

American English File, Second Edition (English Language Teaching)

American English File, second edition, written by Clive Oxenden, Christina Latham-Koenig, Paul Seligson, and Mike Boyle, is an integrated skills course that encourages students to talk—in class and everywhere else. The course remains true to its English File heritage by providing the formula needed for confident speaking: grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation practice in every lesson. With its popular methodology supported by a range of additional resources, American English File features lessons that all provide the language, motivation, and opportunity students need for confident speaking.

Oxford Online Skills Program

Oxford Online Skills Program (English Language Teaching)

Oxford Online Skills Program develops students English language skills step-by-step, encouraging them to explore, practise, and reflect on their learning. With modules for reading, listening, speaking, and writing, all linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), the sequenced activities combined with instant support help students improve their language skills. Students are encouraged to broaden and reflect on their learning with can-do statements, space for making notes, tips, cultural glossaries, and more. Teachers can track their progress and use the information to improve learning outcomes. Communication outside class is made easy by discussions, live chat sessions and instant messaging. The program is available for different CEFR levels, offers both general English and Academic English, and uses media-rich activities, with video, audio, and interactive infographics, to engage students.

Oxford Primary Atlas for South Africa, Oxford Primere Atlas for Suid-Afrika

Oxford Primary Atlas for South Africa (CAPS Revision) and
Oxford Primere Atlas for Suid-Afrika (CAPS Revision):
compiler, Mary Reynolds; cartographers: Janet Alexander and MAPgraphics (OUP Southern Africa, Oxford Education)

The existing Oxford Junior Atlas for South Africa has been given a face-lift and updated to be CAPS-compliant. It has also been renamed the Oxford Primary Atlas for South Africa. All the information it contains has been updated, and the atlas has been given a fresh, modern look that will appeal to teachers and learners alike. The content has been fully revised to mirror CAPS-content for Grades 4 to 7. It has also been translated into Afrikaans for the first time, as the Oxford Primêre Atlas vir Suid-Afrika. This will provide an additional market of Afrikaans leaners from Grade 4-7. Mary Reynolds has been working with OUP on atlases and many other titles for a number of years, and has an extensive knowledge of the field.  Janet Alexander is similarly an experienced cartographer who had worked extensively before on OUPSA atlas and geography titles. MAPgraphics is the preferred cartographer used by Oxford Australia, and this project marked the beginning of a continuous relationship between MAPgraphics and OUP South Africa for future atlases.


Project, Fourth Edition (English Language Teaching)

Project, fourth edition, is the new edition of Tom Hutchinson’s Upper Primary course. First published more than 25 years ago, the Project brand is loved and trusted by teachers around the world. This edition includes a new reading section at each level to encourage extensive reading, and a pronunciation section with varied exercises including the language teaching method ‘total physical response’. The key Culture, English Across the Curriculum, and Project pages that teachers particularly like have been retained, and teachers who want to approach project work in different ways will find fresh ideas and support for using digital resources like Animoto and Glogster on the Teacher’s Resource Multi-ROM. The digital package has also been improved and expanded with new Online Practice to encourage self-study, animated cartoons and dramatized photo stories to engage young teenagers, and an animated dog called Mut to introduce grammar presentations. The new Project Test Builder provides extra support around assessment, enabling teachers to build and customize their own tests with just a few clicks of the mouse.

Read Write Inc. Literacy and Language

Read Write Inc. Literacy and Language (UK Education, Oxford Education)

Read Write Inc. Literacy and Language was published in May 2013 as a complete literacy programme for years 2 to 6, fully matched to the new curriculum. It equips fluent readers with the skills to comprehend a range of texts, explore new vocabulary and use grammar effectively in their own writing. The programme, which was written by Janey Pursglove and Charlotte Raby, and developed by literacy expert Ruth Miskin, is based on the highly successful Read Write Inc. Comprehension Plus, with a proven structured pedagogy at its core. Complete texts are introduced using a unique three-layered approach so every child gets a deep understanding of what they are reading. Teacher-led activities show children how to plan, draft, rehearse, and edit texts, preparing them to write ambitiously.
Grammar is taught in context so teachers can feel confident that their whole class is ready for the grammar, punctuation, and spelling test.

Science Factor

Science Factor (OUP Pakistan, Asia Education)

The Science Factor is a six-level Primary science course from OUP Pakistan that consists of a student’s book, workbook, a teaching guide for each level, and interactive CDs for levels 1-5. It draws content from international science syllabuses. Narrators of the Science Superhero cartoons have been used to maximize student engagement. There is good integration between the student text, workbook, interactive CD, and teaching guide to ensure a complete learning experience.

Spell with Pip: An Oxford Spelling Game

Spell with Pip: An Oxford Spelling Game (UK Education, Oxford Education)

Spell with Pip is an interactive, entertaining, and engaging game for iOS tablets for children aged four to eight. The game combines spelling practice with arcade-style game play, and bright, beautiful graphics. The app features thousands of words that children commonly find hard to spell, and the words gradually increase in levels of difficulty as the game progresses. The “arcade-style” game also aids the development of hand-eye co-ordination as children follow Pip the Parrot with their fingers, collecting letters floating round the screen. Rewards for completing a level within a certain amount of time encourage children to play again and again, supporting them with spelling skills in a fun, absorbing way.  The words children collect are added to their very own dictionary on the app, encouraging them to explore definitions and language. It also includes pronunciation of over 3,000 words and is suitable for users and learners of both US and UK English. Spell with Pip, which was featured by Apple as an “Editor’s Choice” and was singled out for “Best New Apps”, was released for Android tablets in April 2014.

The Theory of Knowledge Course Book

The Theory of Knowledge Course Book (Oxford Education)

This work was launched in 2013, recapturing market share from competitors and selling more than 22,000 copies to date. Published in collaboration with the International Baccalaureate, this title’s success demonstrates the effectiveness of this publishing partnership, with both parties closely co-operating to produce top-quality, pedagogically-leading resources that meet market needs.

Complete Physical Science for LGCSE

Complete Physical Science for LGCSE, by Methalali Khoarai, Stephen Pople, Rosemarie Gallagher, and Paul Ingram (OUP Southern Africa, Oxford Education)

This work is an adaptation from two UK Education titles, Complete Physics by Stephen Pople and Complete Chemistry by Rosemarie Gallagher and Paul Ingram, written with the help of Mathalali Khoarai for the newly created Lesotho General Certificate of Secondary Education syllabus. It keeps the high specifications and rich content of the original books, but has been re-ordered and enriched by the local content provided by the publisher, Camilla Lloyd, and local author and examiner, Metha Khoarai.

Exam Success singles

33 granular Exam Success singles, by A Stephenson, S Louw, and others (OUP Southern Africa, Oxford Education)

These were originally double-page spreads in the Exam Success study guides for grade 12 short stories and for grade 12 poetry in South Africa. They were made into e-publications and sold through a digital distributor at a low price in time for the grade 12 end of year exams. Their significance lies in the fact that OUP took existing content, digitized and repackaged it, and sold it into a specific opportunity, working on a short timeline (about a month) and using Google Ads as the marketing method. OUP has learnt a great deal from the process, and now has an established workflow and a better way of evaluating similar digital opportunities.

Get Set, Go Oxford English

Get Set, Go Oxford English (English Language Teaching)

Get Set, Go Oxford English is the first pre-school English learning programme to adopt the language teaching method ‘total physical response’ in Hong Kong, and this has been well received in the market. The programme also comes with an Oxford Reading Pen, a trilingual smart pen that can read aloud in English, Putonghua, and Cantonese.


Numicon, by Ruth Atkinson, Jayne Campling, Romey Tacon, and Dr Tony Wing (UK Education, Oxford Education)

Numicon is a proven approach to teaching and learning maths, used predominantly in primary schools, that develops children’s ability to understand and confidently explore abstract mathematical ideas using structured imagery and apparatus. The use of apparatus builds children’s mental image of abstract concepts, and helps to develop their understanding of the connections between different areas of mathematics. Numicon is proven through independent research to raise achievement across all ages and abilities. Numicon offers resources for teachers and pupils, and also offers professional development—accredited by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics—to support schools in significantly increasing children’s achievement in maths.

Oliver and the Seawigs

Oliver and the Seawigs, by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre (Oxford Education)

Oliver and the Seawigs is the first publication in a new strand from a major author/illustrator team. Philip Reeve is the author of the modern classic Mortal Engines, and winner of many major book prizes, including the Smarties Prize and the Carnegie Medal. Sarah McIntyre is an award-winning picture book illustrator. Here they have collaborated on a ground-breaking book for seven to 10 year-olds, experimenting with an innovative approach to highly integrated two-colour illustration. Theirs is a hugely appealing combination of humour, adventure, and strong characters, alongside a bold attitude towards storytelling with an unusually broad scope. This approach offers a real bridging post between picture books and less visually appealing older fiction for young readers and their parents. The book has been very high profile, has been shortlisted for several major awards, and has sold very strongly. It is the first of a range from this partnership, each of which will be branded as “A Reeve and McIntyre Production”.

Oxford Discover and Show & Tell

Oxford Discover and Show & Tell by Lesley Koustaff, Susan Rivers, Kathleen Kampa, Charles Vilina, and Kenna Bourke (English Language Teaching)

Oxford Discover (for primary) and Show & Tell (for kindergarten) comprise ELT’s first nine-level series for the previously untapped segment of high-level bilingual, English-medium, and private language schools. This innovative new series aspires to teach young thinkers with great futures by combining language support with an inquiry-based learning approach to develop 21st century skills in critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication. Oxford Discover uses “big questions” such as “Where can we see colours?” and “How can we make music?” to tap into students' natural curiosity, helping them learn how to ask their own questions, find their own answers, and explore the world around them. Authentic fiction and non-fiction texts on many topics provide different views, while video clips provide an introduction and help students activate prior knowledge. Online practice enables students to reinforce classroom learning at home. Oxford Discover Grammar and Oxford Discover Writing and Spelling complement the course book and provide an integrated package that is often required by this segment. A new reading series to complement the series will be published in 2014.

Oxford English Grammar: The Essential Guide

Oxford English Grammar: The Essential Guide, by Selvie Chetty, Jacqui de Vos, Elaine Ridge, Myf Steynberg, Gene Swanepoel, and Wendy Walton, with Nandipha Nonkwelo (OUP Southern Africa, Oxford Education)

This work aims to fill a void in the traditional provision of English grammar guidance. Core textbooks seldom offer comprehensive grammar explanations and do not offer enough grammar practice. In addition, teachers struggle to find the time for focused grammar teaching. English teachers, particularly FAL, are often not trained language teachers. This has created a demand for a grammar book for both learners and teachers. An answer book is also available in hard copy and as a free download from the OUPSA website.

Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English

Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English, edited by Diana Lea (English Language Teaching)

This new learner's dictionary is the first to focus exclusively on academic English. It is specifically designed for learners studying, or preparing to study, subjects on English-medium university courses. Based on the 85-million-word Oxford Corpus of Academic English, it provides all the tools students need to develop their writing skills at an appropriate level. The Oxford Learner's Dictionary of Academic English helps students learn the words and phrases used in academic writing, and how to use them in their own written work. It includes hundreds of usage notes, full-sentence examples based on real texts, reference pages, and a 48-page Oxford Academic Writing Tutor. The dictionary is published with the Oxford Academic iWriter on CD-ROM, an interactive writing tutor, which helps students plan, write and review their written work. The dictionary complements ELT’s range of materials for the growing number of students learning English for academic purposes—Oxford EAP course books, Oxford Grammar for EAP, and the new English for Academic Purposes (from the Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers series). An app version of the dictionary will be published in 2014.