Ground contains all of the elements we were trying to teach -pronunciation
and structure as well as step by step methods and activities to make
the language learning stimulating and enjoyable" -Ilene
Bradberry ESL Teacher
The Common Ground study of
the English language is ideal if you want to help your students excel
in more than language by examining the character qualities that bring
people together. You don’t have to be a professional teacher however.
The step-by-step, and culturally sensitive materials are easily usable
by non-professionals or professional teachers worldwide. The highly interactive
and creative lessons will also keep your class fun but not compromise
the latest in research-based teaching methods and strategies of the English
language. You also have a lot of options. Beginning, intermediate and
advanced levels are available integrating both conversation and pronunciation
skills. You also don’t have to worry about additional preparation. The
manuals are comprehensive and filled with step by step instructions for
preparation and teaching and students receive all the necessary grammar
information, vocabulary readings and more.
- 3 different levels: Beginner,
intermediate and advanced levels are available
- Each level contains two
separate, yet inter-related courses: pronunciation and conversation
- Grammar points included
in each lesson
- Each of the three levels
contains 16 - 1 ½ to 2 hour lessons.
- Flexible enough to be used
for a short term intensive class (2 weeks) or over a semester course
- Full course of materials.
No additional preparation is required.
- Teacher manual provides
step by step instructions for preparation and teaching along with an
additional Teacher Resources Section which supplies additional information
on the various skills.
- Student Manuals designed
to allow students to follow along and to provide necessary grammar information,
vocabulary, readings, and space for them to take notes
- All pre and post assessments
are included in the Teacher’s Manual
- No "reinventing the wheel"
- Fun to teach - Lessons
are creative and highly interactive
- Not necessary to speak
students’ language in order to teach the class.
- Training for Teachers can
be obtained through Common Ground as well
I think I have the gift
of teaching but I’ve never taught in a formal classroom setting. Am I
qualified to teach the Common Ground program?
Yes! With the appropriate training you will easily be able to teach
the material provided. There are step-by-step instructions on carrying
out each lesson and a Teacher Resources section to answer many of your
basic questions and will equip you to answer the questions that come your
way in your classroom.
What if I don’t speak the
language where I am teaching, will that be a problem in the classroom?
No! That’s the best part. The classes will be conducted entirely in
English. As the majority of students overseas are not able to study with
native speakers, your native speaking ability will provide an opportunity
for the students to practice what they know. It is much better for your
students to be immersed in the language they are learning – even if it’s
only for a few hours a day. It will be in their best interests if you
strongly encourage them to speak only English in the classroom.
How many students should
be in each class?
The class size will vary from case to case. We recommend between 10
– 16 students per class for an optimum setting. As the class involves
much participation and speaking, the teaching is better able to assist
their students when there are fewer in their class. The materials are
also flexible enough to be modified for use in a one-on-one tutoring session
or with a larger sized class.
Can these materials be used
in any country?
Painstaking efforts have been taken to assure that these materials
may be used in any country world-wide, regardless of their social, political
or religious persuasion. We have avoided subjects that might be offensive
in one culture or another without diminishing the overall effectiveness
of the program.
Ground is a high interest language learning program that is well-grounded
in carefully sequenced language learning principles. The subject
matter provides participants with opportunities to develop language
skills while discussing issues of great personal relevance." -Dr. Cheryl Zimmerman, PhD. TESOL Professor, California