Messages is a four-level course for lower-secondary students. Each level contains six modules of two units, each divided into three manageable steps'. Clear aims and outcomes for each step mean students can put what they learn into practice immediately. Each level of the course provides 80-90 hours of classwork with lots of recycling in regular four-page review sections. Level 1 assumes students have studied English at primary level, but gives full coverage of all basic language areas. The course takes students to an intermediate level by the end of Level 4. Step by step to great results: 'Use what you know' sections at the end of each step activate the students' language. 'Life and culture' sections and continuous stories provide rich reading resources. Coursework activities on a connected theme at each level mean students build up portfolios of work. The theme of Level 4 is Our school magazine. A variety of exercises where students can work to their own level makes the course ideal for mixed-ability classes. Each module has its own InfoQuest, a series of specially designed websites for students to use. The Teacher's Resource Pack provides photocopiable tests, extra activities and drills.