Solve the academic puzzle

Skillful Second Edition is a 5-level Academic English course designed for students in university programmes. Its rigorous step-by-step approach develops language proficiency and academic skills, helping students perform at their best.
English Type
American English
Number of levels
CEFR Levels
A1 - C1

Skillful Second Edition engages and challenges students with interesting and relevant topics, using fresh, dynamic content and meaningful academic tasks. The material in this latest edition, enhanced with all new digital content, encourages learners to study and analyse a wide range of ideas and problems in order to form and express their own opinions with the confidence needed to achieve academic success.



Authentic video from Reuters presents language in a real-world context, encouraging ideas and debate, introducing key language and vocabulary and stimulating active listening.


The improved skills-based tasks and scaffolded approach to producing extended speaking and writing responses create an even stronger focus on getting students to clearly and confidently express themselves in written and spoken English.


Increased focus on vocabulary teaching and revision and coverage of the Academic Word List helps students with reading and listening to long, academic texts.


Study Skills training is based on the work of pioneer researcher and expert in the field, Stella Cottrell, and helps equip students with the skills and techniques to improve their academic performance.


Following a shared topic syllabus, the Skillful Second Edition Reading & Writing and Listening & Speaking books can be combined seamlessly, or used independently.

Levels & Samples


Fully flexible course

If you teach remotely or would like to add an online learning element to your face to face classes, we have reconfigured and enhanced this course with digital components, making it ready for any scenario. The listing below shows you all of the components available for this course.

Premium Student's Pack

The Premium Student's Book Pack contains a Student's Book, and Online Workbook, and a code to access the Student's Resource Center.

Premium Digital Student’s Book Pack (with booklet)

The Premium Digital Student’s Book Pack contains a Digital Student’s Book, an Online Workbook, and a code to access the Student’s Resource Center.

Premium Digital Student's Book Pack (code only)

Skillful Second Edition develops language proficiency and academic skills, helping students in university programmes perform at their best. This fully digital solution enables teachers to take teaching online instantly and confidently. It includes the Digital Student’s Book, Online Workbook and access to the Student’s Resource Center.

Premium Teacher's Pack

The Teacher's Edition includes a flexible Teacher’s eBook to allow for on screen lesson preparation. It also includes access to the Digital Student's Book, Teacher's Presentation Kit, Online Workbook, Teacher's Resource Center, and Test Generator.

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