This edition: Helping Hands
Crossroads Café is a captivating episodic series which offers a complete program designed to teach English to speakers of other languages. The series engagingly depicts the lives of six characters involved with a small neighborhood restaurant. Their backgrounds, challenges and struggles are typical of many ESL/ESOL learners. Two video sidebars appear in each episode: Culture Clips, a documentary-style segment which focuses on cultural issues portrayed in the story; and Word Play, a colorful animated segment which demonstrates the appropriate language to use when communicating specific types of information.
This episode: The cafe employees help a homeless man get on his feet; Jamal and his family take a trip. "The Word Play" segment addresses: Asking for and giving permission. "Cultural Clip" emphasizes: Financial pressures.