I started teaching the first edition of this book in 2006, and since 2009 I have used both that edition and this edition (depending on which was more available). This newer edition has some of the same exercises and images as the one published in 2002 and basically covers the same grammar and mostly the same vocabulary, which is American English. The most obvious difference is that the second edition has more listening content, so the CD set (sold separately) is now a pack of two discs, whereas the older edition used only one. The CDs are not required, however, as the listening content is all available in the back of the student book. Overall, this is a very good book for adults learning English for everyday life, especially in the U.S. I would recommend also buying the Stand Out 1 Grammar Challenge book, which is the workbook to accompany this textbook, for more in-depth practice.