English as a Second Language

Crossroads Café Level 4-6

Crossroads Cafe
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ESL and a taste of American Life

Help students build English language skills and deepen their understanding of U.S. culture.

Crossroads Café is appropriate for teaching English as a second language (ESL) in adult literacy and basic skills (pre-GED), workplace, and correctional educational programs.


26 videos (DVD or VHS) in this series revolve around a city café where six characters come together and discuss life in their new country. Each episode features "Word Play," an animated segment demonstrating a specific language function, and Culture Clips, a documentary-style look at the issues dramatized in each episode.

Print materials are available at several levels, from low-beginner to high-intermediate, in different formats for maximum flexibility. See listing in pricing section below.

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Culture Clips Level 4-6

Taken from Crossroads Café, Culture Clips is a five-part video series made up of 26 documentary-style short segments on various aspects of life in the U.S. By identifying the main ideas of each Culture Clip and sharing their opinions, students learn about life in this country and how to understand cultural differences.

5 videos present short video clips, organized by theme: Immigration and Citizenship, Job Skills, Community Building, U.S. Culture and Customs and Living in the United States with correlated discussion questions or exercises.