Class Information

Curriculum

THE FUTURE PROGRAM

The instructional design of Future has been carefully crafted and draws on tried-and-true methods. In Future, current research findings are put into practice, Each lesson reflects sound pedagogy. There is a logical progression of skills and content from unit to unit within a level as well as from one level to the next throughout the series. The instructional design is tailored to meet the interests and needs of students at their language level and at the same time, to fulfill curriculum mandates.

Future has been designed to help students persist in their English studies. The program motivates students to keep coming to class through its situational contexts that reflect students’ real lives, its touches of humor, and its community-building group work and team projects. If outside factors cause students to miss classes, the strategies and study skills presented in the Student Book, along with the Practice Plus CD-ROM, help students continue their studies until they are able to return to class.

Future also helps students make a successful transition into academic programs. The levels of Future progressively introduce academic skills so that students feel empowered to continue their education. By continuing on into academic programs, students improve their chances of entering the job market with all the skills and tools they need to be successful.

Future is truly an integrated-skills course: listening, speaking, reading, and writing are woven together throughout the lessons, just as they are naturally woven together outside the classroom. For example, students practice reading skills during a listening comprehension check exercise, in a Life Skills lesson, as well as in the reading lesson.

FOUNDATIONS is the workbook used with the first level of literacy learners. This workbook consists of lesson plans that teach adults how to speak as well as to read and write their name, address, and telephone number. These lesson plans are followed by teaching the calendar, i.e., days of the week, months of the year, then learning about and identifying colors, telling time and learning about American currency. Grammar lessons are incorporated into each lesson. It is imperative that all students learn these basic concepts before moving on to learning the alphabet. Depending on how much of the lesson has been assimilated and retained, the material in the workbook pages will then be used.

FOUNDATIONS ACTIVITY WORKBOOK accompanies "Foundations" and follows the same type of lesson plans. Pictures and vocabulary words are incorporated in every lesson to facilitate this level of learning. Homework is assigned after each class.

SIDE BY SIDE STUDENT WORKBOOK 1 is the next level workbook. At this level, students are better able to speak English and are capable of reading words. Each workbook reviews prior lessons and adds new elements. This workbook is also accompanied by a student activity workbook.

SIDE BY SIDE STUDENT WORKBOOK 2 is the next workbook in the series. The vocabulary in this workbook challenges students to read words and to use vocabulary that is more complex. This workbook is also accompanied by the student activity workbook.

SIDE BY SIDE STUDENT WORKBOOKS 3 and 4 are the last in the series and are also accompanied by the student activity workbook.

Real Reading 1, 2, 3 or 4 These books are used with students who have advanced to the level of reading, writing and speaking fluently.

CASAS ASSESSMENT:

Registration of new students/adults takes place the first Tuesday of every month, until March 2, 2017. Upon registration the CASAS Assessment, (a pre-test) is given to all students. This helps us place the student at the correct level and informs us of the necessary skills the adult might need. After fifty hours of teaching, or mid-year, another assessment can be given or teachers are allowed to wait until the end of May.