Helping your students meet their higher education and employment goals, and be active in their community
Welcome to Ventures 3rd Edition from Cambridge. This six-level, four-skills series helps your students develop the skills they need to be college and career ready, and be active in their community.
The world of teaching and learning is constantly changing. At Cambridge we understand flexibility is key – now more than ever. Ventures combines a wealth of digital and print content to meet your classroom needs. Whether you’re teaching face-to-face, remotely, hybrid, or online, you can find the right combination of tools and support with Ventures.
Researched and authored by a team with extensive experience as teachers and administrators, Ventures has been written to meet the demands of today’s adult ESL classroom and its increased focus on flexible learning.
What are the benefits of Ventures?
Aligned to standards
You can be assured that Ventures is NRS aligned and covers the key English Language Proficiency (ELP) and College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards.
A wealth of print and digital resources
Ventures gives you the tools to confidently tackle any teaching situation, making it the most complete program for student success.
Flexible, self-contained lessons
Each lesson is perfectly paced for 1-hour classes, which you can easily expand with our Digital Workbooks and comprehensive range of Teacher’s Resources.
The Ventures author team has years of experience teaching ESL as well as other roles that support Adult Education learners, from teacher’s aide to dean. Some of the authors helped create the original CASAS test, so not only do they understand the skills students need to be proficient English speakers but also know what is needed for students to be successful in taking the standardized tests. They continue to be active in the Adult Education community by talking to teachers, presenting, and volunteering.
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We also work with Adult Education experts and teachers. Together we bring you teaching tips and strategies through our World of Better Learning blogs and Adult Education online events to keep you informed of the latest trends and insights. We also offer teacher training to help your program get started in using Ventures.
Teaching Adult English Language Learners is authored by Betsy Parrish, professor at Hamline University. This book provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of teaching principles and practices for working with adult English language learners. Addressing the diverse needs of adult English learners, it provides ideas on how to prepare all learners for current demands and opportunities.
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Ventures is a six-level standards-based integrated skills course. This flexible course meets the changing needs in Adult Education by combining a pedagogically sound approach with print and mobile-friendly digital content for face-to-face, hybrid, or online classes.
Ventures Transitions 3rd Edition
Expanded explanations and exercises check comprehension and provide guided practice.
A range of informative texts help students develop essential College and Career Readiness (CCR) skills.
Activities in each unit develop critical thinking and soft skills to empower students for the workplace.
QR codes link to audio tracks and grammar presentations for students to easily access on their own.
Vocabulary in unit topics relevant to civics and soft skills for the workplace help students be a part of their community.
With such a diverse range of resources at your fingertips, you can provide learning materials across different contexts, encouraging your students to apply their knowledge to new situations.
Students can access the content from any device, promoting digital literacy and encouraging self-directed learning.
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In a recent survey of current and former Ventures teachers, a majority of teachers strongly feel Ventures helps boost measurable skill gains. Read on to explore how Ventures can support your teaching and inspire confidence in your students.
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Civics participation goes beyond competencies – it has to do with being a part of one’s community, a responsible citizen, and better oriented to society – often to help their families and participating in their communities and school events.
Ventures covers all of these aspects of Civics participation through relevant unit topics in each level. Collaborative activities and projects build crucial soft skills such as communication, negotiation, and collaboration.
Available for download, these Worksheets are correlated to CASAS and EL Civics standards. The Worksheets come with Teaching Tips with suggestions on when to use the Worksheets. The content is tied into the unit content in Ventures and is written so it’s level-appropriate.
Not everyone is studying to become a citizen, but we do offer support for those who are. And students can access practice questions on the Ventures Arcade using their smartphones or a computer without having to sign in.
Ventures Civics Worksheets
Free Citizenship and Civics questions
Integrating civics and citizenship into language teaching can be difficult. Ventures offers ways to bring EL Civics into your classroom.
EL Civics / Citizenship
We know that many classrooms have different requirements and adult learners have different preferences. Combining online and traditional teaching methods allows you to tailor your face-to-face class time to meet your students’ needs.
Our digital tools and platforms add value, perfectly complementing our print resources. This is based on what makes pedagogical sense rather than simply what is possible. Our solutions are built with you in mind.
Aligned to standards
Dedicated College and Career Readiness pages
Explore our extensive range of print and digital material
The Student’s Book has 10 topic-focused units, each with six skill-focused lessons, plus five review units, all aligned to the NRS’ interpretive, productive, and interactive outcomes as well as English Language Proficiency and College and Career Readiness standards.
Each unit covers critical thinking and soft skills, which are key to workplace readiness.
Expanded grammar lessons (Lessons B and C) check understanding, and the reading lesson (Lesson D) features evidence-based reading practice.
Ten Worksheets at each level, from Level 1 to Transitions, help students develop the skills they need to succeed in college and the workplace.
Rigorous grammar practice
Transitions can be used for advanced NRS-level Adult Education classes as the highest level of the Ventures series or can be used in programs to support students looking to move on to academic studies. The Third Edition helps students to strengthen their reading skills with even more rigorous reading passages and grammar for writing to improve their writing as well as their editing skills.
Ventures Transitions, Third Edition
strengthens writing skills with a lesson focusing specifically on grammar for writing.
Grammar for writing
help develop reading skills and vocabulary to meet WIOA standards.
provides extra practice to reinforce lessons taught in the Student’s Book with two pages of additional activities for each unit.
enables teachers to prepare for class with ease using detailed teaching notes for every lesson and additional teaching tips in the interleaved Teacher’s Edition.
Complete Teacher’s Edition
allow teachers to track students’ progress and time-on-task with self-grading online activities for extra practice.
Ventures digital materials help make your classes interactive and engaging to encourage your students to use technology.
Instant feedback helps students understand their problem areas, giving them a focus for improvement.
Self-grading Digital Workbook
Time-on-task and student progress data are tracked, and downloadable for funding reporting purposes.
Gradebook with downloadable data
eBook with audio tracks and grammar presentation videos, accessible to you and your students from any device.
Get to know how Ventures can support your teaching needs with our digital materials.
You can access all teaching materials online on Cambridge One. Our presentation software, Presentation Plus, does not require installation - simply log in to use.
All teacher resources in one place
Free practice with the Ventures Arcade and ready-made Kahoot! quizzes give students a new experience with the content from their Student's Book.
Engage your students
Ventures resources are flexible for any teaching situation, whether
your classes are face-to-face, hybrid, or online.
Downloadable teacher resources
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Ventures Connect is a complete all-digital package that gives students everything they need, whether your classes are fully online or hybrid. The digital materials help you engage students, support learning gains, and capture time on task.
What’s included in Ventures Connect?
Practice exercises for every lesson in the Student’s Book, to help improve students’ listening, grammar, reading and writing skills.
Enhanced gradebook allowing you to capture valuable learning data and view at-a-glance how well students are learning and where they may need more help.
Time-out feature which helps ensure that the data accurately captures learning time.
For administrators, the gradebook can track daily attendance and time-on-task with customizable reports based on customizable timeframes.
How can Ventures digital learning materials help your program?
Teach valuable digital literacy skills (signing in, completing online practice, checking assignments) while preparing students for the test.
Support measurable gains by targeting specific learning gaps.
Provide practice for students at all Ventures levels (Basic - Transitions).
Monitor learning outside of the classroom with time-on-task reporting.
eBook w/audio and video
Study and Succeed
Self-grading unit, midterm and final tests allow you to assess how students are learning without having to devote time to grading printed tests.
Digital versions of the Student’s Books with accessibility-friendly audio and video.
Use on a mobile device or laptop without downloading an app.
Students can add notes easily to bookmark pages they want to refer back to.
eBook with audio and video
Practice for all the competencies appearing on the CASAS Life and Work Listening and Reading tests for Levels A, B, and C.
Students become more comfortable with the kinds of questions they will encounter on the actual test.
Tips and instructions to help them better understand the competencies.
Support videos help students become more comfortable with the tests, learn skills to help boost their scores, and cope with test anxiety.
Study and Succeed – CASAS test prep for Life and Work Listening and Reading
Study and Succeed can be used in a number of different ways. You can assign activities that practice specific competencies that students struggled with on their pre-tests. Alternatively, you can assign practice across all the competencies in order to give them more exposure to the kinds of questions they will encounter.
Ventures lesson sequencing is key to student success. Each unit of the Student's Book features six skill-focused lessons.
Lesson A: Listening
Lesson B+C: Grammar
Lesson D: Reading
Lesson E: Writing
Lesson F: Another view
Audio accessed using QR codes for use in class or independent review.
Focuses students on the unit topic using visuals to assess students' prior knowledge and serves as prompt for key vocabulary.
Lesson B and C: Grammar
Presents each grammar point in a chart form, followed by exercises to check
comprehension and provide guided practice. Communicative exercises
guide learners as they generate original answers and conversations.
A 3-step reading approach highlights the skills and strategies students need to succeed. The Reading lesson develops reading skills, expands vocabulary, and combines reading with writing and listening practice for an integrated approach to ensure better comprehension.
A robust process-writing approach in the context of the unit and purposeful writing practice helps students meet the challenges of work and the classroom.
Brings the unit together with opportunities to review lesson content while practicing skimming to read real-life documents, developing test-taking skills, and building critical thinking and soft skills.
Recycles and reinforces the listening, vocabulary, and grammar skills developed every two units and includes a pronunciation activity.
Grammar Presentation videos to watch on mobile devices using QR codes allow for self-directed learning and develop digital literacy.
Brings text complexity into the classroom to help students read independently and proficiently.
The Write activity sets goals for the student writing.
Practice explicit real-life skills using authentic document types builds document literacy.
Gives additional opportunities to practice pronunciation and promotes spoken fluency.
Additional activities ensure students have the chance to practice more grammar to meet the rigor of CCR standards.
The picture dictionary expands unit vocabulary and practices pronunciation for deeper understanding of the topic.
College and Career Readiness pages extend each Reading lesson with additional reading, critical thinking, and academic vocabulary building.
Developing critical thinking skills and informative texts help students master the more complex CCR standards.
Before you write exercises provide warm-up activities to activate the language needed for the writing assignment, followed by one of more exercises that provide a model for students to follow when they write.
In After you write, students work with a partner to review each other’s work.
Easy-to-follow tips help students avoid common mistakes, improving their confidence.
Prepares students for standardized tests by familiarizing them with bubble answer format.
Grammar connections contrasts grammar points and includes guided practice and communicative activities.
Covers critical thinking and soft skills, crucial for workplace readiness, and helps students meet WIOA requirements through problem-solving activities.
Allows students to review the vocabulary and grammar after every two units to confirm retention.
“Since my students started using the program, I noticed good improvements in their listening skills which are most likely to be the ones they have more trouble with. They told me that it helped them build confidence when speaking in English.
I can say it is a helpful and effective program that teachers can use to reinforce students’ needs.”
Ventures drives learning gains by covering the topics found on CASAS Life and Work tests with listening and reading activities specifically designed to prepare students for the questions on the test.
Emphasis on key vocabulary, multiple exposures to the listenings, and practice activities to speak and listen in a personalized, collaborative way builds skills that promote proficiency as students prepare for the CASAS listening tests.
Pre-reading activities, text-based questions, vocabulary building, and collaborative activities reinforce the learning. Emphasis is on building reading skills that will serve them in college, career, and especially on CASAS.
Printable CASAS Test Prep worksheets give students additional practice with vocabulary and reading around topics addressed by the CASAS Competencies.
Online CASAS test
prep – Study and Succeed for CASAS
Life and Work Listening and Reading
Measuring learning gains, typically defined by increased scores on standardized tests, is important for Adult Education ESL programs to show student progress in order to obtain funding.
Study and Succeed, a new online CASAS test prep, can be used in addition to Ventures or on its own. Practice questions that replicate the CASAS test and tips to equip students with test-taking skills and strategies lead to improvement in their scores.
Download correlation to CASAS Competencies
Build students' confidence by exposing them to the question types they’ll encounter on the CASAS Life and Work Listening and Reading Levels A–C.
Drill down on specific competencies by assigning focused practice for differentiated learning.
Video tutorials to address topics like overcoming test anxiety and what to do on test day.
Maria DiLuigi, Hillsborough County Schools
“I was very happy to see that students were extremely engaged and motivated. When using the product, no students had to be reminded to stay on task. Several students would ask me to post additional assignments for them to complete. This is the first time I have had students so motivated and engaged with a lab product. I believe that because Study and Succeed looks and sounds like the CASAS test, students saw the benefit in using it for practice.”
Stephanie Turro, Brewster Technical College
“I used specific objectives that I needed to cover as well as objectives that were problematic as indicated on the CASAS Test Student Performance Reports with whole group, small group, and individual remediation. The introductory information for each objective is concise and the following 3 practice items provided ample opportunities to discuss, teach, and extend. As highly focused and engaging CASAS practice items are difficult to piece together, the Study and Succeed Program is an incredible timesaver for ESOL teachers!
Dan Hromalik, Adult ESOL Instructor, School District of Hillsborough County, FL
The language instruction in Ventures helps prepare students for the CASAS Life and Work Listening and Reading tests, but also helps them succeed in life.
With Ventures, you have full teacher support including a wide range of print and digital resources. As well as saving you time in the classroom, they will help you deliver the best experience for your students.
Based on in-depth research and developed closely with teachers like you, these materials help you teach English more effectively and guide your students on their way to success.
Find lesson-planning tips and ideas in the Teacher's Edition to help you prepare for class.
Easy-to-follow lesson plans
Give your students a whole new learning experience with Ventures content in Ventures Arcade, ready-made quizzes on Kahoot! and Canvas shell courses with tests.
Additional free practice
Choose from a range of in-class assessments, activities for the entire class and group work activities, including Collaborative and Multilevel Worksheets.
Reproducible supplementary materials
Log into Cambridge One on any device to easily access all digital materials in one place, saving you valuable time.
One home for your digital resources
The interleaved Teacher's Edition includes easy-to- follow lesson plans for every unit. Teaching tips address common problem areas for students and additional suggestions for expansion activities and building community.
Written for each lesson, these worksheets help develop co-operative learning and community-building within the classroom. Fillable and printable PDFs available.
Extend students’ learning into real-world context, working within the unit topic but going beyond the Student’s Book. One project available for each unit.
A set of worksheets for each lesson designed for use in multilevel classrooms and in classes where the proficiency level of students differs. Fillable and printable PDFs available.
Designed to supplement coverage of civics in the Student’s Book and addresses civics objectives at the low-beginning, high-beginning, and intermediate levels. This is through a variety of activities involving document literacy, readings, dialogs, vocabulary development, crossword puzzles, and pair and group discussions.
Support learner persistence and give students an opportunity to reflect on their learning after completing each unit to help them determine whether they are ready for the unit test.
You’ll find hundreds of additional worksheets and classroom materials to support and expand on lessons in the Student’s Book.
Offer additional unit-by-unit practice for all the vocabulary introduced in Lesson D from Student’s Books Basic through Level 2.
Picture Dictionary Flashcards and Worksheets
Audio and Video • Career and Educational Pathways • Certificate of Completion
Literacy Writing Worksheets • Math Worksheets • Real-life Documents • Wordlists
The online Presentation Plus helps programs avoid issues where a firewall prevents teachers from downloading and installing an application. Markups and notes are automatically saved so teachers can access them wherever they sign into Presentation Plus.
The online version of our presentation software, Presentation Plus allows you to share the Student’s Book pages along with resources including audio and video, whether you are teaching face-to-face or online.
Click on the Answer Key icon to display the answers for your students to see.
Audio & Video hotspots
Simply click the QR code to play audio and the Grammar Presentation videos. You can speed up or slow down the audio and video to accommodate the level of your students’ listening skills.
Add notes as reference and to bookmark pages.
Helps you focus on certain activities.
Allow your students to expand their learning in class or remotely with Kahoot! quizzes created for Ventures. A quiz based on listening and grammar is available for every unit. Kahoot! can be used as:
a diagnostic tool
Give your students extra practice with
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Shell course is a file you can download and import into your Canvas class. The file includes ready-made scorable activities for every lesson and unit, midterm, and final tests. Shell courses support skills development, monitor engagement, and provide accountability.
Canvas shell courses with tests
Complete with a Facilitator Guide and Worksheets, this series of videos is perfect for beginning to mid-career teachers. Videos follow real teachers putting their best practices to work in real classrooms.
Watch tutorial videos on how to use Ventures digital material on Cambridge One.
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