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Title: Islands series

Publisher: Pearson Education

The Islands series was created around the popular online world of Poptropica, a virtual world in which children explore and play in complete safety. Islands is a multi-level course for children learning English as a foreign language. Each level has a theme: Family Island, Tropical Island, Space Island, Film Island, Ice Island and Future Island – all have stories and activities that tie into the online world.

HL Studios was involved in the layout and illustrations of the books, as well as the design of some elements. We worked closely with Pearson Education from the initial brief and subsequent proof stages on this project, which lasted just over a year.

Pupils’ book consists of a welcome unit, 8 units each divided into 10 distinctive lessons, a goodbye unit, 4 festival lessons, a grammar section and cut-out activities.
There are 4 posters to accompany each individual level. The posters provide additional resources for vocabulary, phonics, primary curriculum (CLIL) and cultural elements.
The teacher’s book provides step-by-step lesson plans alongside large thumbnails of the corresponding pupil’s book. A games bank also provides fun learning activities for the children.
The activity book consists of a welcome unit, 8 units each divided into 10 distinctive lessons, a goodbye unit, 4 festival lessons, a unit review and a picture dicitionary.