Instructional Design

Learner centered and outcome oriented

The student is at the center of Future.

All lessons start by connecting to student experience and knowledge, and then present target skills in meaningful contexts. This is followed by varied and dynamic skill practice that progresses from controlled to independent in a meticulously scaffolded sequence.

Every lesson culminates in an activity in which students apply their learning, demonstrate their knowledge, and express themselves orally or in writing.

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Varied practice

Cognitive science has proven what Future always knew: students learn new skills through varied practice over time.

Content-rich units naturally recycle concepts, language, and target skills. Varied practice activities engage learners in multiple modalities, leading to lasting outcomes. Lessons support both student collaboration and individual self-mastery. Students develop the interpretative, productive, and interactive skills identified in the NRS guidelines, while using the four language skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.


For optimal learning to take place, students need to be involved in setting goals and in monitoring their own progress.

Future has addressed this in numerous ways. In the Student Book, Unit Goals are identified before the unit and checkboxes at the end of lessons invite students to evaluate their mastery of the material. Frequent, high-quality assessment proves students’ progress and helps prepare them for standardized tests. The course-based assessment program is available in print and digital formats and includes an online bank of customizable test items.

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