Side by Side Plus is a dynamic, all-skills program that builds students’ general language proficiency for life skill roles in the community, family, school, and at work.
real-life communication practice that is student-centered, interactive, and fun
focuses on all four skills
standards-based lessons correlated to the CCRS, CASAS, BEST Plus, and other curriculum frameworks and assessment systems
easy to use for students and teachers
humorous and playful activities that enhance motivation
intensive practice that leads to mastery
Introducing the new and expanded Side by Side Plus with new eText:
new career and academic readiness content
enhanced reading, writing, and numeracy practice
expanded life skills activities
new functional communication practice
new Student eText for independent, self-paced practice
In more detail
Unique to Side by Side Plus
Career and Academic Readiness
New 'blue pages' develop basic career and academic readiness skills aligned with CCRS standards.
Language Arts lessons offer guided discourse practice in academic communication. Students learn to 'talk the talk' of the mainstream classroom.
Readings about school subjects, work, and life skills build academic and career readiness while developing reading comprehension skills.
Writing activities offer systematic instruction in the writing process: Pre-Writing, Organizing Ideas, Writing a First Draft, Revising, Proofreading, and Peer Conferencing.
Life Skills and Test Prep
Each unit’s 'yellow pages' prepare students to succeed using English for life skills and on assessments.
Real-life conversation practice and teamwork activities promote interactive learning.
Authentic reading and writing tasks offer real-life literacy practice.
Check-up tests and skills checks enable students to assess their levels of achievement.
Measure performance and motivate learners
Students can see how they are improving through chapter tests and skills checks in the Student Book. They can prepare for standardized English tests with the Test Prep Workbook. You can assess student achievement through placement, unit, mid-level, and final exams.
Teach off the page
Just open the book and teach. It’s that simple to use. No need for lots of preparation. The course is designed to be easy to use, so that you can maximize your teaching time. The light tone and humorous illustrations make it fun for you to teach and for students to learn from. Extensive photographs provide clear contexts and support vocabulary learning.
It's all about the student
The student-centered methodology and the course’s ease of use enable students to study outside of class. The magazine-style Gazette sections reinforce classroom instruction through high-interest feature articles and other activities that encourage learners to study on their own.
Get students talking quickly
The conversational approach gets your students, even beginners, communicating quickly. The guided conversations and structured dialogs encourage students to use their initiative and communicate among themselves, recycling language in each lesson.
Build a classroom community
Teamwork, critical thinking, and community activities promote cooperative learning, problem solving, and civics connections.
Keep your students learning
Lots of additional practice in the Student Book, Activity Workbook, Test Prep Workbook, Multilevel Activity Book, and the new eText provides a wealth of additional activities to reinforce and extend students learning.
Side by Side goes Digital
The new eText – with digital audio and FunZone – expands the course and makes it flexible and fun for students to practice on their own.
The eText is a digital version of the Student Book that serves as the student’s virtual speaking-practice companion.
Flip the lesson plan by assigning conversation practice for students to complete outside of the classroom, so you can concentrate on other activities, such as games, discussion, brainstorming, and role-playing in class.
Notes and Bookmark tools enable students to customize their digital learning experience with the eText.
Welcome to the eText FunZone - a digital amusement park with attractions for every unit. Activities, games, videos, music, and animations offer your students fun and motivating reinforcement of each unit’s objectives.
solve Crossword Puzzles using the innovative puzzle engine
test your strength at the Vocabulary, Grammar, Reading, and Life Skill challenges
visit ToonTown for animation-based grammar activities
visit the Game Gallery to play Quiz Show, Concentration, and other games
stop by the Picture Booth for Flashcards practice and Picture/Word activities
don’t miss the music and videos at the ShowTime stage (levels 1 and 2 only)
What else is new?
Side by Side Plus features new academic discourse practice, expanded reading comprehension activities, and new writing process lessons that develop students’ basic academic and career readiness skills. Updated components include lots of new features.
Student Book and eText with Digital Audio CD:
new conversation activities prepare students for academic discourse in the subject matter classroom
new readings provide practice with informational text on career and academic topics with reading comprehension exercises in multiple-choice formats to help students prepare for standardized tests
the bonus enhanced audio CD offers entertaining radio-program-style recordings of Gazette activities and new mp3 audio files for major lesson features
Activity Workbook with Digital Audio CDs:
new standards-based activities provide life skills practice tied to major curriculum frameworks
new Gazette activities offer expanded vocabulary and reading comprehension practice
new numeracy lessons focus on real-life math skills and word problems in a careful sequence tied to vocabulary and grammar in each unit (Levels 1 and 2 only)
new can-do activities strengthen functional communication skills
now with digital audio
Test Prep Workbook with Digital Audio CD:
tests are now in a separate workbook, which gives you the flexibility to use them for practice and assessment
test preparation includes listening comprehension on the enhanced audio CD
new standards-based tests for listening, speaking, reading, and writing to supplement existing unit, mid-level, and final tests
available as pdfs and editable Microsoft Word files