Crossroads Café

The Crossroads Café series is designed to teach English as a second language in the classroom or at a distance.
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1. Opening Day

Victor Brashov's new restaurant is about to open, but still doesn't have a name or any employees. Vocabulary: giving and getting personal information; life skills: finding job openings and interviewing for a job.


2. Growing Pains

Henry's plans to work at the café unravel, and a demanding health and safety inspector pays a visit. Topics: making introductions; immigrant families in a new culture.


3. Worlds Apart

When her boyfriend arrives from Mexico, Rosa must make a difficult decision. Brashov grapples with insomnia. Vocabulary: talking about wants.


4. Who's the Boss

Jamal unexpectedly runs into two old friends who think he's the owner of the café. Topics: making apologies; strategies for job change.


5. Lost and Found

Katherine's son has behavior problems in school but gets help from an unexpected source. Jess and Carol's house is burglarized. Grammar: telling someone to do something. Documentary segment: neighbors working together to prevent crime.


6. Time Is Money

Brashov brings in an over-eager efficiency expert, and Rosa struggles in her night school class. Topics: making suggestions; the importance of time.


7. Fish Out of Water

Brashov's brother arrives from Romania and finds that life in the United States is not what he expected. Vocabulary: describing experiences. Life skills: adjusting to a new culture.


8. Family Matters

Katherine takes a second job to make ends meet, and Rosa teaches Henry to dance. Life skills: making offers; single parenting.


9. Rush to Judgment

Jam is a suspect in a bank robbery, and Henry's grandparents get lost in the city. Vocabulary: describing people; cultural information: the role of the police.


10. Let the Buyer Beware

Brashov falls for a woman who promises to improve the café's business, and Katherine reluctantly goes on a date. Vocabulary: giving compliments; life skills: avoiding consumer scams.


11. No Vacancy

Rosa runs into an unexpected roadblock when she tries to move to a new apartment, and Henry tries his hand at journalism. Instructional topics: asking for clarification; identifying and fighting discrimination.


12. Turning Points

The café is vandalized, and Rosa learns to drive. Vocabulary: talking about possibility; cultural information: problems with gangs and possible solutions.


13. Trading Places

The café employees switch jobs for a day, with mixed results. Jess and Carol have problems at home. Vocabulary: talking about ability; cultural information: couples and the roles they choose.


14. Life Goes On

The café employees try to cope while Brashov is in the hospital. Vocabulary: describing things; cultural information: the hospital environment.


15. Breaking Away

Henry and his Caucasian girlfriend deal with negative reactions from their parents, and a laundromat opens next door to the café. Vocabulary: talking about likes and dislikes; cultural information: intercultural relationships.


16. The Bottom Line

Brashov tries to attract more business so he can impress the bank and qualify for a loan.


17. United We Stand

When their landlord refuses to make repairs, Rosa and the other tenants fight back. Henry makes a documentary for his journalism class. Vocabulary: reporting information; cultural information: aging in the U.S.


18. Opportunity Knocks

Jamal is offered an engineering job, and Brashov buys a jukebox for the café. Grammar: comparing things; cultural information: worker protection and benefits.


19. The People's Choice

Jess runs for city council. Jamal's cousin visits from Egypt and falls in love with Rosa. Cultural information: elections and government.


20. Outside Looking In

Rosa enters high society, and the landlord's son disrupts work at the café. Educational topics: giving advice, raising children.


21. Walls and Bridges

Rosa comes to the aid of a student whose father wants her to quit school, while Brashov struggles with his citizenship exam. Vocabulary: asking for and offering help; cultural information: the citizenship process.


22. Helping Hands

The café employees help a homeless man get on his feet, and Jamal and his family take a trip. Vocabulary: asking for and giving permission; life skills: coping with financial pressures.


23. The Gift

Brashov is convinced that everyone has forgotten his birthday. Then someone from his past pays an unexpected visit. Vocabulary: making invitations.


24. All's Well That Ends Well

Katherine's wedding day is a near disaster, and Henry is caught in a snowstorm. Vocabulary: talking about future events; cultural information: wedding customs.


25. Comings and Goings

Henry pursues his plans to become a rock star, and Katherine's going-away party takes an unexpected turn. Vocabulary/grammar: talking about plans and possibilities.


26. Winds of Change

The café employees face difficult choices about their futures.

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