The mission of Common Ground
is to provide innovative and academically sound English curriculum and
the associated training that provides a cultural perspective that values
what human being hold in common. Our desire is to give students a high
quality education that will allow them not only to improve their skills
but also their character. By focusing on character qualities in the context
of language study, teachers and students alike have the opportunity to
discover that the fundamental truth can bring all people together.
- Innovative, high quality
curriculum and training
- Focus on both developing
English proficiency and strengthening individual character
- Relational and communicative
- Culturally sensitive materials
that can be used in any country.
- Easily transferable and
simple to use for both experienced and non-professional teachers.
In use around
Common Ground was founded in
September 2000 by Michelle and Greg Ballou. The English curriculum was
first written by Michelle in 1997 while obtaining her Master’s degree
in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). It was written
in response to the need for materials that not only taught academic skills,
but reinforced morals and values. Since 1997, the curriculum has been
revised 5 times and expanded to meet the growing needs of those who utilize
it. To date, Common Ground English Curriculum has been used in over 10
countries throughout the world.