Our World (American English)

  • American English
  • AUTHORS: Diane Pinkley; Gabrielle Pritchard; Rob Sved; Kate Cory-Wright; Ronald Scro
  • COMPOSER: Clementown
  • SERIES EDITORS: Dr. JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall; Dr. Joan Kang Shin
  • ©2014 
  • Level(s): Pre-A1 | A1 | A2 | B1
  • Recommended For: Young learners
  • Subject(s): Young Learners


About the Program

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Our World is a primary series in American English that uses fun and fascinating National Geographic content, with stunning images and video, to give young learners the essential English language, skills, and knowledge they need to understand their world.

  • National Geographic video inspires and motivates young learners.

  • Our World Readers encourage reading for fun, and bring storytelling into your classroom.

  • Free online activities and support are available for teachers and learners at myNGconnect.com

About the Author

  • 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-known teacher trainer and author in ESL/EFL, and has traveled around the world presenting academic papers and leading teacher training workshops. She has authored bestselling series for both children and adults, as well. Formerly the Director of the Institute of North American Studies in Badalona, Spain, and Curriculum Coordinator at the Michigan Language Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she has taught all levels of ESL and EFL.

  • 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 in developing materials for young learners, both as an author and as a consultant.

  • 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 workshops across Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia. Recently, she has written an online course for teachers and delivered teacher training webinars. In her free time, she teaches English to Young Learners.

  • 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 children for more than 25 years. Ron is currently a managing partner with Applied Vision, LLC in California, which provides design and development services for corporations and educational publishers.

  • Clementown

    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 and music for children, educators and families. Clementown's proven theory is that kids deserve and appreciate music just as complex and interesting as the music adults enjoy. Please visit Clementown at www.clementown.com

  • 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 TESOL Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has worked in all areas of ESL/EFL including teaching, curriculum and materials development, standards development, and teacher training. She is a Series Editor of National Geographic Learning’s young learner programs Welcome to Our World, Our World, and Explore Our World, as well as the teen program Impact, and an author of the professional development title Teaching Young Learners English.

  • 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 & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program. Dr. Shin specializes in teaching ESL/EFL to young learners and teenagers and has provided professional development programs and workshops to EFL teachers in over 100 countries around the world. She is a Series Editor of National Geographic Learning’s young learner programs Welcome to Our World, Our World, and Explore Our World, as well as the teen program Impact, and an author of the professional development title Teaching Young Learners English.

Products Included


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

The 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.

  • Assessment CD-ROM with ExamView©, with Placement Test, level Pre-Tests, and unit quizzes and tests from the Assessment Book.


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

  • A Classroom Presentation Tool DVD for each level integrates all of the Our World teaching resources, including 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.

National Geographic video is the perfect way to bring your English classroom to life. Created especially for young learners of English, Our World Video is fully integrated into the Our World teaching and learning materials, with 30 fun-filled minutes of video for each unit that include:

  • Original songs

  • Language presentation and review

  • Games

  • Inspiring, real-world video

  • and Our World Reader Story Time

To make it easy to use in the classroom, all 27 hours of Our World Video are available on Video DVDs as well as Classroom Presentation Tool DVDs for use with an interactive whiteboard, or simply a laptop and projector.

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

Using short videos of real classrooms and interviews with teachers from around the world, the program covers areas and topics such as:

  • Using video and technology in the classroom

  • Empowering young learners through real-world content

  • Storytelling

  • And much more!