Sharon,I need a little more information. How do you define "intermediate"? I think of blue Azar (Understanding and Using English Grammar) as advanced (though not quite as advanced as the types of books you would use for teaching students to, say, edit a research paper), and Fundamentals of English Grammar (black Azar) as intermediate to high intermediate, so I wonder if you could give us a clearer idea of what you mean by "intermediate adults"?What kind of writing are they capable of? Clear paragraphs, four or more paragraph compositions, technical reports?
In reading, what types of materials do they read / want to be able to read?What about listening-speaking? For example, can they follow a "regular" Ted Talk? Would they do well in a job interview for a managerial position?This type of thing would help me (and probably others) give the best recommendations.Karen
How is it goin' Karen Stanley!
Sampling: Class Leveling. Beginner section 001; beginner section 002; intermediate 001; intermediate 002; advanced 001; advanced 002; one mastery class and then graduation.
A regular classroom TESOL teacher should be able to choose the level of "ted talk" video in English to watch in classroom for his/her students---based on how much English students already know, or be based on the class section he/she is teaching. As far as classes sectioning and numbering; including designated leveling (samples above), I believe those are created by the school themselves---to guarantee students' learning has progressed adequately and knowledge-based pedagogy has developed successfully.
A well-trained educator should be able to make a profound and positive impact "intelligibly" to his or her students at the end of every given semester. As for "managerial" job responsibility---in relation to English competency in speaking and in writing ability, an applicant is generally already expected to communicate effectively in all circumstance; and the job qualifications for English mastery requirement can only be met and achieved if English has been academically retained well. Lynn Diaz books might be of help to weed out some of the cobwebs; among others out there now on shelf---mine included for beginners. It does sound Azar texts are not so helpful in some classrooms. Adult English learners in colleges and universities would do well to thoroughly examine their classroom materials are helpful for their learning so that appropriate adjustments can be made before class starts. I hope this is helpful, Ms. Karen. Enjoy summer!
You might consider "Face the Issues," 3rd edition, by Carol Numrich in cooperation with NPR (Pearson Longman).It's a 2007 book, so a few things may not be up-to-date, but it includes interesting topics,critical thinking, listening, grammar, pronunciation, and what they call "interactive processing activities." The listening segments are authentic NPR, but selected for understandability and interest.Karen