Finalist for the 2018 PIEoneer Award for Digital Innovation of the Year

Written and filmed especially for the English language classroom, Fortune is a six-episode video series and course that focuses on teaching pragmatics and communication skills. The Fortune series is an engaging and motivating alternative to artificial language learning videos or commercial films that lack a learning focus.

Chasing Time English’s award-winning production team has created an exciting video series about a detective with a past. As Jimmy Fortune tries to find his kidnapped ex-wife, he will dive back into his own history. The series stands on its own as entertainment and also provides engaging and useful input that teaches pragmatics. And the episodes are supplemented by Scenario videos that provide more natural language in day-to-day social contexts. This combination of input allows students to reflect on ways we do things with words by using intonation, body language, our relationship with the speaker, and set expressions.

The accompanying student book is divided into six units of four parts each: a vocabulary preview, a grammar focus, an interactional (pragmatics) focus, and extension activities such as role plays and listening practice. For each level, there is also a teacher book with answer key, notes on presenting each activity, and suggestions or supplementing the material. Alphabet Publishing is proud to be working with Chasing Time English, publishing the print editions of the Fortune books.

Fortune provides up to 30 hours of classroom teaching time. There are two levels, Blue targeted for Elementary+ (A2) and Gold for Upper Intermediate+ (B1) students. Both levels use the same script but with minor adjustments, Each level of coursebook provides appropriate objectives and activities for the student level.

Praise for the Fortune Series

The perfect marriage of language expertise and artistic quality—Strongly recommend! —Dr. Peter Crosthwaite, University of Queensland
The story is compelling and the characters are believable, but what sets the series apart is how the script writers have consulted relevant linguistic research in order to fulfil their commitment to authenticity. —Professor Donna Tatsuki, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies
Entertaining, educational, and innovative…. Fortune fills an important gap in the language learning market that sure to motivate language learners across the globe.—Dr. Michael Rabbidge

The Books

The Fortune Series for English Language Learners from Alphabet Publishing and Chasing Time EnglishThe Fortune Series for English Language Learners from Alphabet Publishing and Chasing Time EnglishThe Fortune Series for English Language Learners from Alphabet Publishing and Chasing Time EnglishThe Fortune Series for English Language Learners from Alphabet Publishing and Chasing Time English

 

Download Sample Units and other Resources

The Videos

Season 1, all six episodes free

USB Drives for sale with all videos

At ChasingTimeEnglish.com, you can learn more about the Fortune series. You can also read about upcoming seasons, new serials in the works, and purchase learning materials in ebook form.