* Up-to-date texts and visually dynamic magazine look. * Combines a strong focus on grammar, vocabulary-building, and writing with a teen-friendly approach that is highly motivating. * Lots of grammar practice on the Grammar Zoom pages, Language in Use, Writing and in the Workbook. * Wordpower and Vocabulary sections reinforce vocabulary items. * Writing task supported by task analysis, sample answers, notes and useful phrases. * Gradually builds students' confidence in doing exam tasks. * Workbook with Student's Audio CD. * Interleaved Teacher's Book for easy lesson planning plus Unit tests and Progress Tests. * Countdown to First Certificate is written by a first-class writing team: Kathy Gude, Michael Duckworth and Jenny Quintana, the authors of many successful exam courses.