Quest is a six-level primary series first published for Spain. It is aimed at children who have little or no previous knowledge of English. The course was developed with the aim of establishing a new approach to primary courses. Therefore, the course remains story-based for Levels 1 and 2, but moves towards being content based in upper levels, with levels 5 and 6 using stories more overlty as a means of exploring content, and cultural values are much more topic based in those higher levels. The course contains a strong CLIL element right from the start and there is also a constant focus on phonics throughout the course. The course was felt suitable for adaptation to meet the needs of some international markets, but for that to be successful various fundamental changes have had to be made to Levels 1 and 2. The International version of Quest has no reading/writing requirement in Level 1 and a reduced requirement in Level 2, starting a third of the way into the book.
Designed to meet the needs of markets where reading and writing at early stages is not acceptable Cohesive 6-level course with continuity between the levels Careful combination of methodologies in different levels, to best match the needs of the developing child and their changing interests and level of maturity Integrated phonics stream Comprehensive portfolio material CLIL material A good range of support components
Written by: Jeanette Corbett is a teacher with over 15 years' experience, working in Huelva. She is responsible for teacher training and young learners' classes. She is also a teacher trainer for the IH Young Learners course. She regularly gives seminars for Macmillan, IH, ACEIA, and TESOL. Roisin O'Farrell is a teacher with 20 years' experience, working in Seville. She specialises in young learners and is responsible for teacher training and materials development. She is a regular speaker on behalf of Macmillan at ACEIA, TESOL and other conferences. She is co-author of Macmillan's Primary course Quest 1, 2, 3 and 4.