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American Scenes Video Series

American Scenes

American Scenes Video Series
American Scenes introduces the student to seven thematic settings of American life, including travel, housing, university life, emergency situations, everyday activities, and social settings. Language is natural, but grammatical structures are reinforced and idioms are introduced. American Scenes comprises 7 programs, in all containing 33 episodes.The series comes in different editions, each one specifically designed for classroom or self-study use. Bilingual versions are also available, in Spanish-English and Chinese-English. Available as VHS or DVD.

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Overview

Platform:
VHS Video Player or DVD
Available Languages:
American English, Spanish-English, Chinese-English
Levels:
Beginner, Intermediate
Methodology:
Communicative Method, Bilingual Method
Scope:
Listening, Speaking, Reading Writing
Contents:
Video Cassettes (or DVD), Audio Cassettes, Workbook, Teacher's Manual
Weight:
15 pounds

About American Scenes Video Series

American Scenes video series focuses on:

  • Practical Settings--Seven thematic areas including travel, housing, university life, emergency situations, everyday activities, and social settings. These areas provide more than 300 important vocabulary words as well as useful how to information.

  • Structures--While language is natural, episodes nevertheless reinforce a wide variety of grammatical structures. Special emphasis is on contrasting present with present continuous, past with past continuous, and past with present perfect. Other concepts include comparative and superlative forms, conditional forms, past modals, infinitives, participles, and the passive voice.

  • Functions--The characters in the skits use language functions in various contexts and in different registers. There are more than 30 language functions covered in the 33 episodes.

  • Idioms--Since there is great emphasis put on spoken American English, there are more than 250 common idioms and expressions in the series. As often as possible idioms are presented in a context so that student can readily discern their meaning.

The Seven Programs in American Scenes

American Scenes Program 1: Getting AroundProgram 1: Getting Around
Theme: Travel
Grammar Focus: Present / present continuous / past tenses

1. Buying a ticket (airport setting)
2. Checking in (airport setting)
3. Making a reservation by phone (home & office setting)
4. Renting a car (car rental office)
5. Taking a cab (street setting)
6. Making a bus reservation (home & office setting)

Program length: 73 minutes

Program 2: Home Sweet Home
Theme: Housing
Grammar Focus: Present perfect / present perfect continuous tenses

1. Paying household bills (home setting)
2. Looking for an apartment in classified ads (home setting)
3. Checking out an apartment (apartment setting)
4. Making complaints about apartment services (apartment setting)
5. Dealing with home repairs / utility problems (apartment setting)

Program length: 76 minutes

American Scenes Program 3: Eat to your Heart's ContentProgram 3: Eat to your Heart's Content
Theme: Food
Grammar Focus: Past perfect / comparative & superlative forms

1. Buying delicatessen items (supermarket setting)
2. Returning spoiled merchandise (supermarket setting)
3. Ordering food (restaurant setting)
4. Ordering food, checking for errors on bill (restaurant)

Program length: 50 minutes

Program 4: Hitting the Books
Theme: University Life
Grammar Focus: Conditional forms

1. Changing one's major (counselor's office setting)
2. Receiving credit for study abroad (campus setting)
3. Transferring to another school (counselor's office)
4. Receiving advice about job possibilities (counselor's office)
5. Requesting use of library computer / doing research (library)

Program length: 55 minutes

American Scenes Program 5: An Ounce of PreventionProgram 5: An Ounce of Prevention
Theme: Emergency Situations
Grammar Focus: Past modals

1. Reporting a stolen car (police station & street setting)
2. Reporting a break-in (home setting)
3. Reporting symptoms / medical check up (hospital setting)
4. Checking into an emergency room (hospital setting)

Program length: 50 minutes

Program 6: Getting Along
Theme: Everyday Living
Grammar Focus: Gerunds & Infinitives

1. Mailing letters & packages (office setting)
2. Opening a bank account (bank setting)
3. Buying clothing (boutique setting)
4. Returning merchandise (home setting)

Program length: 45 minutes

American Scenes Program 7: Out on the TownProgram 7: Out on the Town
Theme: Social Settings
Grammar Focus: Passive voice / Subjunctive

1. Making & accepting invitations (home setting)
2. Using the telephone-formal conversation (home setting)
3. Using the telephone-informal conversation (home setting)
4. Social amenities, part 1 (party setting)
5. Social amenities, part 2 (party setting)

Program length: 65 minutes

Comments about American Scenes

"American Scenes is of a higher quality than any ESL videotape series I've seen . . . its well-crafted and carefully thought-out episodes are fantastic for ESL learners."
Prof. Russell Campbell, U.C.L.A.

"The flashback technique is an interesting innovative method . . . The language used is authentic yet controlled enough for intermediate level students."
Jacqueline Tanner, Georgetown University

"Compared to the other videotapes . . . this was by far the best. We appreciate the efforts taken in creating a natural environment, showing scenes from daily life . . . using natural, colloquial speech."
Maime How, North Beach Community College Center, San Francisco, California

"There is a richness for discussion of cultural differences and a reinforcement of grammatical structures in a fun way."
Yale-China Association Evaluation Report

Editions Available

American Scenes: Classroom Edition

A full version of American Scenes, designed particularly for the classroom. This edition includes:

  • 7 video cassettes with 6.5 hours of programming
  • 7 audio cassettes with the audio track of the video
  • 1 workbook with viewing guide and wide range of exercises to be completed before, during, and after viewing.
  • 1 teacher's manual with answers to exercises, plus cultural notes, vocabulary explanations, and videoscripts.

American Scenes: Self-Study Home Edition

A full version of American Scenes, designed particularly for self-study use at home. This edition includes:

  • 7 video cassettes with 6.5 hours of programming.
  • 7 audio cassettes with the audio track of the video.
  • 1 student workbook with viewing guide. Provides a wide range of exercises to be completed before, during, and after viewing; answers to all exercises and drills are given. Also includes cultural notes, vocabulary explanations and videoscripts. All answers and explanations can be easily understood by an intermediate-level student.

American Scenes: Self-Study Bilingual Full Series Edition

This is a bilingual, full version of American Scenes, designed particularly for self-study use at home.

Languages available: Spanish-English and Chinese-English.
Coming soon: versions in Polish, Russian, Korean and Vietnamese.

This edition includes:

  • 1 introduction tape with 45-minute segment that reviews the sounds of North American English (En español).
  • 7 video cassettes with 6.5 hours of programming in English.
  • 7 audio cassettes with the audio track of the video in English.
  • 1 bilingual student workbook with viewing guide containing a wide range of exercises to be completed before, during, and after viewing. Includes answers to all exercises and drills, cultural notes, vocabulary explanations, and videoscripts.All explanations, cultural comments, and instructions are in Spanish, as are the videoscripts.

American Scenes: Bilingual Mini Series Edition

This is a bilingual, smaller version of American Scenes, designed particularly for self-study use. This mini series contains 11 episodes selected from the full version of the series.

Languages available: Spanish-English

This edition includes:

  • 1 video cassette with 11 episodes selected from Getting Around, Home Sweet Home, Eat to Your Heart's Content, An Ounce of Prevention, Getting Along, and Out on the Town.
  • 1 student workbook with viewing guide containing the answers to both true/false and content questions asked on video as well as cultural notes, vocabulary explanations and videoscripts. All answers and explanations can be easily understood by an intermediate level student.


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Pricing

Title
ISBN
Media Type
Part #
Price
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American Scenes Classroom Edition - VHS N/A VHS #6677 $695.00
American Scenes Classroom Edition DVD N/A DVD #6682 $695.00
American Scenes Self-Study Home Use Edition VHS N/A VHS #6678 $695.00
American Scenes Self-Study Home Use Edition DVD N/A DVD #6683 $695.00
American Scenes Self-Study Bilingual Full Edition SPANISH VHS N/A VHS #6679 $695.00
American Scenes Self-Study Bilingual Full Edition SPANISH DVD N/A DVD #6684 $695.00
American Scenes Self-Study Bilingual Full Edition CHINESE VHS N/A VHS #6680 $695.00
American Scenes Self-Study Bilingual Full Edition CHINESE DVD N/A DVD #6685 $695.00
American Scenes Self-Study Bilingual Mini Series Edition SPANISH VHS N/A VHS #6681 $179.00

 


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