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Sigma Interactive PDF English Workbooks

[School User License Only]

For New Zealand schools developing BYOD classes or for those with school-provided computer hardware, Sigma can now give you access to Interactive PDF versions of our English workbooks through a yearly user license.

We offer teachers the opportunity below to download sample PDF pages from all our English workbooks. Use these samples to trial our workbooks in your school system. 

Full file PDF versions of all our English workbooks will be made available to schools via a personal download web-page after they have signed up to a Sigma school user license. Have a look through a sample user license by clicking the downloaded below. 

 

What is a School User License?  -  A School User License is a usage agreement signed between Sigma and the school. It gives a school the right to use a range of Sigma PDF workbooks of their choosing, with a predetermined number of student users, for the period of one calendar year. Licenses must be renewed each year.

What Is The Cost Of A Sigma PDF Workbook?  -  There is a large saving to be had by using electronic workbooks. For us, the costs of printing, shipping, warehousing and packing paper books are gone. So, in setting PDF workbook prices Sigma has decided to hand these savings over to their school clients. However, a minimum of 20 student users is required to set up a user license and an individualised school download page.

Action English Series :  Paper Workbooks - $15.95ea ; PDF Workbooks - Only $6.00 (+GST) per student user, per year
NCEA Level 1 English Series :  Paper Workbooks - $4.50ea ; PDF Workbooks - Only $2.00 (+GST) per student user, per year

Can Schools Have a Look At The PDF Workbooks?  -  We cannot provide schools with the entire PDF workbook as the format makes illegal use and copying too easy. Only when a signed School User License is in place can we give full access. We can however, provide schools with a number of sample pages from each PDF workbook. A download link for samples from each workbook can be found below next to the book cover.

What's In The Sample File?  -  The PDF sample file contains the contents pages and a small number of working pages. Teachers and students can use this sample PDF to trial any machines, teacher/pupil communication systems and PDF writer/editor programs that their computer classes may wish to use. If teachers wish to study the complete resource, get hold of Vanessa (0800 274 462 or enquires@sigmapublications.co.nz) and she'll send you a sample paper workbook. 

What's In The Full PDF Workbook Files?  -  The full PDF version contains all the chapters of the paper workbook, presented computer-ready, with newly coloured photos and a revised layout adapted for use on screens. It contains hyperlinks for easy, two-click navigation to any page throughout the 150 page resource. Licensed schools will have a range of file types available to them for download, including the full workbook, with or without answers, and an answers-only file. Individual chapter files will also be available if there is a need to conserve memory on small devices.

How Do Students Work On The PDF Workbook Files?  -  To write their answers on the workbook students need to use a PDF editor program. There are many of these programs both commercial and free on the internet. The best example of a commercial program is Adobe Acrobat, while a good free editor is XODO which is available as a download or as a web app version for devices such as chromebooks and tablets. Consult your IT advisers. Many schools already have BYOD classes (e.g Tauranga Boys College) and may be happy to share technical information to help you set up your system.

How Do Schools Organise a License?  -  Schools should contact Sigma's Distribution Manager, Vanessa Crawford (0800 274 462 or enquires@sigmapublications.co.nz) and indicate they wish to use Sigma PDF workbooks. The school contact person will be asked to collect school-wide information on the classes, syndicates or departments that wish to sign up. We need to know what titles the school wishes to use and a best estimate of the number of students that will be using each title. Sigma will then produce an individualised School User License Agreement, and an invoice for the fees. Schools should sign both copies of the agreement and return Sigma's copy. Payment on the invoice is due on the 20th of the month after the agreement has been signed. A signed agreement and a paid invoice means a school has established their User License and has the rights to use their specified PDF workbooks for that school year. School administration must be made aware an agreement has been signed on their behalf.

Download a sample copy of the School User License Agreement here

How Do Schools Get Hold Of The Workbook Files?  -  Once the school license is in place, Sigma will set up an individual download page for the school. Mounted on this page will be all the interactive files for the PDF workbooks covered in the agreement, together with a scanned copy of the agreement for teacher reference. A link to this page will be emailed to the school contact person. This link may be distributed to other user teachers. BYOD class teachers can then visit the school's own Sigma download page, see the titles available for the current year and download the title(s) they will be using with their class(es). Distribution of the PDF workbooks to students should be done using the school's own intra-school network. The school's individual download page will remain accessible for the year covered by the agreement.

What About Next Year?  -  All School User Licenses are for one year only. The rights given to the school to use Sigma PDF workbooks under the agreement files expire on December 31st. If the school wishes to continue using Sigma PDF resources the following year, the licensing process will have to be repeated, with titles and student user numbers redefined for the new school year and a new agreement signed and exchanged.

Users will find that all pages in Sigma's PDF workbooks are labelled with a year. PDF workbooks are only permitted to be used by the school if the year label on each page is the same as the current year. When a school renews their license for the following year they will get a new download page link on which will be mounted new workbook files showing year page labels for the new year. Schools should delete last year's files off their servers at this point. Schools are not permitted to use last years PDF workbook files, as their agreement with Sigma for use of those labelled files will have expired. Schools engaging in continued unauthorised use of last year's PDF workbooks are breaking New Zealand copyright law and are exposing themselves to prosecution.

Can Students Keep The PDF Workbook Files That They've Worked On?  -  Yes. Each student user will have a copy on their device of the Sigma PDF workbook they have worked on during last year. They are entitled to keep this 'worked-on' file for their own future reference. They are must not pass on this file to others. 

What About Teachers Copies?  -  For each class that uses Sigma PDF Workbooks, Sigma will allow one free teacher download. Teachers should be careful not to make their school vulnerable to copyright prosecution. The School User License specifically states that Sigma PDF files are write-on user files for use by the defined number of student users. Activities such as cutting and pasting material into new teaching resources, printing and distributing pages, or copying files for use by users not covered by our agreement is prohibited and violates copyright. Please play your part in helping New Zealand publishers and authors stay in business so we can continue providing our students with quality local learning resources based specifically on our own curriculum statements.

What Sigma Titles Are Available As PDF Workbooks?  -  All of Sigma's English workbooks (see below) are now available as interactive PDF workbooks (Action English 1 for Year 3 will be available from March 2018). This includes our best selling Action English series (workbooks Year 3 to Year 10 students), as well as the eleven titles in our NCEA Level 1 English workbook series.

Any Other Questions? Wish To Get Started?  -  Phone Vanessa at Sigma Publications on 0800 274 462 or email her at enquiries@sigmapublications.co.nz and she will have the answers. As this is the first year of offering Sigma PDF workbooks titles, files will be available for download from November 1st 2017 for use out to the end of December 2018. This should allow schools time to set up intra-school BYOD systems and to mount Sigma workbook files in preparation for the beginning of the 2018 school year.

Action English 8 - PDF version

This write-on resource is an ideal skills builder for Year 10 students. Skills studied in this workbook will allow students to more effectively address NCEA course content in Year 11. Cost for the PDF versions of this workbook is $6.00 (+GST) per student user, per school year (minimum 20 students for a license). 

Action English 8 is based on work in Level 5 of the New Zealand English Curriculum. Chapters cover word classespunctuationlanguage skillsdictionary skillswritten languagecomprehension and research skillsPDF files of this title are available to English departments in New Zealand schools only, under a signed yearly user license (information above). 

Download Action English 8 PDF Sample File here

Action English 7 - PDF version

This write-on workbook provides English departments with the opportunity to develop the written English skills of their Year 9 students. Cost for the PDF versions of this workbook is $6.00 (+GST) per student user, per school year (minimum 20 students for a license). 

Action English 7 revises Level 4 and starts work on Level 5 of the New Zealand English Curriculum. Chapters cover word classespunctuationlanguage skillsdictionary skillswritten languagecomprehension and research skills. PDF files of this title are available to English departments in New Zealand schools only, under a signed yearly user license (information above). 

Download Action English 7 PDF Sample File here

Action English 6 - PDF version

This write-on workbook provides Intermediate schools with a resource for their senior classes. It covers the full range of basic written language skills Year 8 students will need for secondary school success later on. Cost for the PDF versions of this workbook is $6.00 (+GST) per student user, per school year (minimum 20 students for a license). 

Action English 6 covers work in Level 4 of the New Zealand English Curriculum. Chapters include word classespunctuationlanguage skillsdictionary skillswritten languagespelling skillscomprehension and research skills. PDF files of this title are available to New Zealand schools only, under a signed yearly user license (information above).

Download Action English 6 PDF Sample File here

Action English 5 - PDF version

This write-on workbook provides Intermediate schools with a resource for their reception classes. The full range of basic written language skills covered in this workbook will ensure all Year 7 students end their year up-to-speed, regardless of their primary school origin. Cost for the PDF versions of this workbook is $6.00 (+GST) per student user, per school year (minimum 20 students for a license). 

Action English 5 revises work in Level 3 and starts Level 4 of the New Zealand English Curriculum. Chapters include word classespunctuationlanguage skillsdictionary skills, spelling skillswritten languagecomprehension and research skills. PDF files of this title are available to New Zealand schools only, under a signed yearly user license (information above).  

Download Action English 5 PDF Sample File here

Action English 4 - PDF version

This write-on workbook provides Primary schools with a resource for their senior classes. It covers the full range of basic written language skills Year 6 students will need for intermediate school success later on. Cost for the PDF versions of this workbook is $6.00 (+GST) per student user, per school year (minimum 20 students for a license). 

Action English 4 covers work in Level 3 of the New Zealand English Curriculum. Chapters include word classespunctuationlanguage skillsdictionary skills, spelling skillswritten languagecomprehension and research skills. PDF files of this title are available to New Zealand schools only, under a signed yearly user license (information above).  

Download Action English 4 PDF Sample File here

Action English 3 - PDF version

This write-on workbook provides Primary schools with a resource for their middle classes. It covers the full range of basic written language skills Year 5 students will need for intermediate school success later on. Cost for the PDF versions of this workbook is $6.00 (+GST) per student user, per school year (minimum 20 students for a license). 

Action English 3 revises work in Level 2 and starts Level 3 of the New Zealand English Curriculum. Chapters include word classespunctuationlanguage skillsdictionary skillsspelling skillswritten language, reading skillscomprehension and research skills. PDF files of this title are available to New Zealand schools only, under a signed yearly user license (information above).  

Download Action English 3 PDF Sample File here

Action English 2 - PDF version

This write-on workbook provides Primary schools with a resource for their middle classes. It covers the full range of basic written language skills Year 4 students will need for success later on. Cost for the PDF versions of this workbook is $6.00 (+GST) per student user, per school year (minimum 20 students for a license). 

Action English 2 cover work in Level 2 of the New Zealand English Curriculum. Chapters include word classespunctuationlanguage skillsdictionary skillsspelling skillswritten languagecomprehension and research skills. PDF files of this title are available to New Zealand schools only, under a signed yearly user license (information above).  

Download Action English 2 PDF Sample File here

Action English 1 - PDF version - Title Under Production - Due October 2018

This write-on workbook provides Primary schools with a resource for their middle classes. It covers the full range of basic written language skills Year 3 students will need for success later on. Cost for the PDF versions of this workbook is $6.00 (+GST) per student user, per school year (minimum 20 students for a license). 

Action English 1 revises work in Level 1 and starts work from Level 2 of the New Zealand English Curriculum. Chapters include word classespunctuationlanguage skillsdictionary skillsspelling skillswritten languagecomprehension and research skills. PDF files of this title are available to New Zealand schools only, under a signed yearly user license (information above).  

Action English 1 PDF Sample File here soon

 
 

NCEA Level 1 English Workbook - AS 1.1 Studied Written Texts [PDF version]

The Sigma PDF workbook 'AS 1.1 Studied Written Texts' is a write-on student resource teaching the English skills students need to earn Achieved. Merit, or Excellence in this Achievement Standard (AS90849). Cost for the PDF versions of this workbook is $2.00 (+GST) per student user, per school year (minimum 20 students for a license). 

The workbook contains a large number of write-on tasks designed to help students practise the skills necessary to pass AS 1.1. Students will find detailed teaching informationglossaries, a model exam essay, and other resources that will develop the ideas, vocabulary and processes needed to gain a high level pass in the NCEA external assessment. 

Download 'AS 1.1 Studied Written Texts' PDF Sample File here

NCEA Level 1 English Workbook - AS 1.2 Studied Visual or Oral Texts [PDF version]

The Sigma PDF workbook 'AS 1.2 Studied Visual or Oral Texts' is a write-on student resource teaching the English skills students need to earn Achieved. Merit, or Excellence in this Achievement Standard (AS90850). Cost for the PDF versions of this workbook is $2.00 (+GST) per student user, per school year (minimum 20 students for a license).

The workbook contains a large number of write-on tasks designed to help students practise the skills necessary to pass AS 1.2. Students will find detailed teaching informationglossaries, a model exam essay, and other resources that will develop the ideas, vocabulary and processes needed to gain a high level pass in the NCEA external assessment. 

Download 'AS 1.2 Studied Visual or Oral Texts' PDF Sample File here

NCEA Level 1 English Workbook - AS 1.3 Unfamiliar Written Texts [PDF version]

The Sigma PDF workbook 'AS 1.3 Unfamiliar Written Texts' is a write-on student resource teaching the English skills students need to earn Achieved. Merit, or Excellence in this Achievement Standard (AS90851). Cost for the PDF versions of this workbook is $2.00 (+GST) per student user, per school year (minimum 20 students for a license).

The workbook contains a large number of write-on tasks designed to help students practise the knowledge necessary to understand all the aspects or language involved in this Achievement Standard. Students will find detailed teaching informationglossaries, practice exam tasks, and other resources that will develop the ideas, vocabulary and processes needed to gain a high level pass in the NCEA external assessment.

Download 'AS 1.3 Unfamiliar Written Texts' PDF Sample File here

NCEA Level 1 English Workbook - AS 1.4 Creative Writing [PDF version]

The Sigma PDF workbook 'AS 1.4 Creative Writing' is a write-on student resource teaching the English skills students need to earn Achieved. Merit, or Excellence in this Achievement Standard (AS90052). Cost for the PDF versions of this workbook is $2.00 (+GST) per student user, per school year (minimum 20 students for a license).

The workbook contains a large number of write-on tasks designed to help students practise the knowledge necessary to understand all the aspects or language involved in this Achievement Standard. Students will find detailed teaching informationglossaries, practice exam tasks, and other resources that will develop the ideas, vocabulary and processes needed to gain a high level pass in the NCEA external assessment.

Download 'AS 1.4 Creative Writing' PDF Sample File here

NCEA Level 1 English Workbook - AS 1.5 Formal Writing [PDF version]

The Sigma PDF workbook 'AS 1.5 Formal Writing' is a write-on student resource teaching the English skills students need to earn Achieved. Merit, or Excellence in this Achievement Standard (AS90053). Cost for the PDF versions of this workbook is $2.00 (+GST) per student user, per school year (minimum 20 students for a license).

The workbook contains a large number of write-on tasks designed to help students practise the knowledge necessary to understand all the aspects or language involved in this Achievement Standard. Students will find detailed teaching informationglossaries, practice exam tasks, and other resources that will develop the ideas, vocabulary and processes needed to gain a high level pass in the NCEA external assessment.

Download 'AS 1.5 Formal Writing' PDF Sample File here

NCEA Level 1 English Workbook - AS 1.6 Construct & Deliver an Oral Text [PDF version]

The Sigma PDF workbook 'AS 1.6 Construct & Deliver an Oral Text' is a write-on student resource teaching the English skills students need to earn Achieved. Merit, or Excellence in this Achievement Standard (AS90857). Cost for the PDF versions of this workbook is $2.00 (+GST) per student user, per school year (minimum 20 students for a license).

The workbook contains a large number of write-on tasks designed to help students practise the knowledge necessary to understand all the aspects or language involved in this Achievement Standard. Students will find detailed teaching informationglossaries, practice exam tasks, and other resources that will develop the ideas, vocabulary and processes needed to gain a high level pass in the NCEA external assessment.

Download 'AS 1.6 Construct and Deliver an Oral Text' PDF Sample File here

NCEA Level 1 English Workbook - AS 1.7 Create a Visual Text [PDF version]

The Sigma PDF workbook 'AS 1.7 Create a Visual Text' is a write-on student resource teaching the English skills students need to earn Achieved. Merit, or Excellence in this Achievement Standard (AS90855). Cost for the PDF versions of this workbook is $2.00 (+GST) per student user, per school year (minimum 20 students for a license).

The workbook contains a large number of write-on tasks designed to help students practise the knowledge necessary to understand all the aspects or language involved in this Achievement Standard. Students will find detailed teaching informationglossaries, practice exam tasks, and other resources that will develop the ideas, vocabulary and processes needed to gain a high level pass in the NCEA external assessment.

Download 'AS 1.7 Create a Visual Text' PDF Sample File here

NCEA Level 1 English Workbook - AS 1.8 Connections Across Texts [PDF version]

The Sigma PDF workbook 'AS 1.8 Connections Across Texts' is a write-on student resource teaching the English skills students need to earn Achieved. Merit, or Excellence in this Achievement Standard (AS90852). Cost for the PDF versions of this workbook is $2.00 (+GST) per student user, per school year (minimum 20 students for a license).

The workbook contains a large number of write-on tasks designed to help students practise the knowledge necessary to understand all the aspects or language involved in this Achievement Standard. Students will find detailed teaching informationglossaries, practice exam tasks, and other resources that will develop the ideas, vocabulary and processes needed to gain a high level pass in the NCEA external assessment.

Download 'AS 1.8 Connections Across Texts' PDF Sample File here

NCEA Level 1 English Workbook - AS 1.9 Information Literacy Skills [PDF version]

The Sigma PDF workbook 'AS 1.9 Information Literacy Skills' is a write-on student resource teaching the English skills students need to earn Achieved. Merit, or Excellence in this Achievement Standard (AS90853). Cost for the PDF versions of this workbook is $2.00 (+GST) per student user, per school year (minimum 20 students for a license).

The workbook contains a large number of write-on tasks designed to help students practise the knowledge necessary to understand all the aspects or language involved in this Achievement Standard. Students will find detailed teaching informationglossaries, practice exam tasks, and other resources that will develop the ideas, vocabulary and processes needed to gain a high level pass in the NCEA external assessment.

Download 'AS 1.9 Information Literacy Skills' PDF Sample File here

NCEA Level 1 English Workbook - AS 1.10 Response To Read Texts [PDF version]

The Sigma PDF workbook 'AS 1.10 Response To Read Texts' is a write-on student resource teaching the English skills students need to earn Achieved. Merit, or Excellence in this Achievement Standard (AS90854). Cost for the PDF versions of this workbook is $2.00 (+GST) per student user, per school year (minimum 20 students for a license).

The workbook contains a large number of write-on tasks designed to help students practise the knowledge necessary to understand all the aspects or language involved in this Achievement Standard. Students will find detailed teaching informationglossaries, practice exam tasks, and other resources that will develop the ideas, vocabulary and processes needed to gain a high level pass in the NCEA external assessment.

Download 'AS 1.10 Response To Read Texts' PDF Sample File here

NCEA Level 1 English Workbook - AS 1.11 Understanding Visual & Oral Texts [PDF version]

The Sigma PDF workbook 'AS 1.11 Understanding Visual & Oral Texts' is a write-on student resource teaching the English skills students need to earn Achieved. Merit, or Excellence in this Achievement Standard (AS90856). Cost for the PDF versions of this workbook is $2.00 (+GST) per student user, per school year (minimum 20 students for a license).

The workbook contains a large number of write-on tasks designed to help students practise the knowledge necessary to understand all the aspects or language involved in this Achievement Standard. Students will find detailed teaching informationglossaries, practice exam tasks, and other resources that will develop the ideas, vocabulary and processes needed to gain a high level pass in the NCEA external assessment.

Download 'AS 1.11 Understanding Visual & Oral Texts' PDF Sample File here