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.

The Books

Download sample units and other resources

The Videos

The videos are available for free from the Chasing Time English website. You’ll need a password which you’ll be emailed when you purchase the book. Or contact us at: with a scan or screenshot of your purchase receipt and we’ll send the codes.

Buy the Videos on USB Drives

If you purchase a class set of Fortune, including one teacher book and 15 or more student books (either Blue or Gold), we will send you all the videos used in the Fortune series on a USB for free. Email for more information.

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

At, 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.