GSE Teacher Toolkit: Find the right Learning Objectives, grammar and vocabulary

The Global Scale of English Teacher Toolkit will save you time and improve the quality and relevance of your English classes. It gives you fast access to GSE Learning Objectives, grammar and vocabulary to help you plan lessons at the right level for your students. Best of all, it's completely free to use.

What does the GSE Teacher Toolkit contain?

The GSE Teacher Toolkit contains a global standard of reference developed by Pearson over a number of years in collaboration wiktth teachers, ELT authors and language experts from around the world and includes:

  • Over 1,800 GSE Learning Objectives: You can search by learner type, skill or CEFR/GSE level.
  • Over 390 GSE Grammar Objectives: You can search by grammatical category, structure or CEFR/GSE level.
  • 36,000 Vocabulary word meanings: You can search by topic, grammatical category or CEFR/GSE level.

Using the GSE Teacher Toolkit

The GSE Teacher Toolkit can be useful for teachers when planning a curriculum, lesson or assessment by checking exactly what students should be learning at each GSE/CEFR level because it contains all of four sets of GSE Learning Objectives (aligned to both the GSE and the CEFR), GSE Grammar and GSE Vocabulary in a single, searchable online database. There are many practical applications of the GSE Teacher Toolkit. In a recent survey of over 200 teachers using the toolkit we found that 74% have used it to select appropriate vocabulary & grammar, 67% have used it to create supplementary materials and 66% have used it to plan lessons:

"This is going to be so useful for designing courses."
- University Teacher feedback, October 2015, KOTESOL conference

It can also be used to map existing learning materials to the GSE/CEFR or create new materials that are at the right level. Teachers have also said it is useful for creating admin reports and giving feedback to students and parents.

"This will end every argument I have with my director about what is level appropriate. This is the kind of thing they won’t argue with because it’s so easy, even they can bring up the descriptors and see what students can do and should be learning."
- Senior High School  Teacher feedback, October 2015, KOTESOL conference


Use our interactive guide below to see how you can use the GSE Teacher Toolkit:


Frequently asked questions

I’ve entered the GSE TeacherToolkit but I’m not sure how it works.
No problem. You can explore our help center.

Why do I need to give you my name & country when I log-in?
The GSE Teacher Toolkit is free to use. We ask you to tell us a bit about yourself so we can understand who is using it. If you tick ‘yes’ to receiving marketing materials, then we may also periodically ask you to fill in a survey or send you relevant information. We use this information to make improvements to the GSE Teacher Toolkit.

What do the GSE values mean for vocabulary?
The GSE values given to each word meaning are based on existing research into vocabulary size. Most of this research is concerned with comprehension (reading) rather than production (speaking and writing). Therefore the GSE values given ought to be used as an indication of the stage at which a particular word meaning should be understood by learners of English. The GSE values also show relative importance of vocabulary in language and are therefore helpful when prioritizing vocabulary items within the same topic. For more information about the existing research into vocabulary size, download the GSE Vocabulary White Paper.

What do the GSE values mean?
In our blog, we've explored what the GSE values mean.

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