• Have difficulty passing high-school equivalency or college admission tests
• May be admitted to community college but require uncredited remedial English classes
• Do not qualify for advanced job training programs due to poor English skills
• Struggle to comprehend high-level texts, such as complex news stories about politics, health, community issues, and other topics
• Have difficulty helping their children with English-based homework
• Struggle to comprehend spoken and written English
• Live in neighborhoods where little English is spoken
• May be stuck in low-level jobs because of poor English skills
• May have foreign educational credentials but have trouble obtaining U.S. degrees
• Can’t help their children with English-based homework and/or communicate with teachers
EFAS entices learners through its menu of popular songs drawn from a range of genres: pop, rock, C&W, rap, blues, R&B, and golden oldies.
Learners build fluency as they sing along to new or familiar lyrics. Then they move on to interactive English learning activities based on the song.
The carefully-scaffolded EFAS curriculum prompts learners to engage in playful lessons and games that teach different levels of grammar, vocabulary and idioms, reading comprehension and writing.
Popular music is the heartbeat of the app: it’s what distinguishes EFAS from rote, workbook-like English teaching tools. Learners can start with songs they know and love or pick new tunes from our varied playlist.
EFAS is an ever-present English tutor that learners and teachers can count on; best of all, it’s free to the adult learner.
The EFAS app strikes the ideal mix of fun + learning, combining game-like instruction with academic rigor. Song-based activities make repeated practice enjoyable.
The EFAS curriculum is the real deal: our expert team is knowledgeable about accepted standards and strategies for effective adult basic education. Adults who use the app repeatedly are expected to improve their reading, writing, and listening skills in measurable ways.
The EFAS team doesn’t take learners’ commitment lightly: we guide, reinforce, and encourage at every step of their learning journey.
EFAS creates a new platform, the basis for a versatile product that can be adapted into other languages and into diverse social and community settings.
Josh spent over 20 years in interactive and instructional media, designing, developing and producing inspiring and effective educational and training programs, marketing tools, product launch training and other learning tools for Fortune 100 corporations. His work in interactive technology led to a Fulbright fellowship in Argentina in 1995-6 researching how a then new thing called the “internet” affected the ways we learn and transfer knowledge. He is currently Co-Director of The Center for the Study of the Force Majeure, a climate research center based in UC Santa Cruz.
Lora created numerous adult basic education and GED programs for members of 1199/SEIU, the healthcare workers’ union. She worked for ten years as Curriculum Director at TV411, a nonprofit project that created multimedia learning materials that help low-literate adults learn the basics of reading, writing, math, finance, and health literacy. She co-authored two books aimed at helping parents strengthen their children’s reading and writing abilities.
Paul is a producer, technology strategist and programmer of eLearning and computer-based training programs, delivering projects to the pharmaceutical, technology, banking and consumer products industries. Paul directs the efforts of information architects, instructional designers, graphic designers, programmers, graphic artists, compression artists, testers and end-user support staff in the creation of eLearning, websites, exhibits, apps, performance support systems and training.
Boasting more than 20 years of tech and business experience, Simone started his career with companies like Intel and Acer. In 2001, he launched a management and marketing consulting company focused on creating new intersections between technology and the workplace to create smarter and more efficient ways to conduct business. After that, in addition to founding Inspect Manager, a cloud-based testing infrastructure, he also invested in and co-founded AudioBox.fm, one of the most advanced media platforms in the cloud, Gallery Records, an international record label, expanded the disruptive co-living concept of Startup Home from UK to the US, and other successful ventures, including ImpactMentors, a path to funding for underrepresented entrepreneus.
Trained in Music and German Literature, Alexander was first drawn to software engineering through his work in composition, and a desire to build a more interactive performance experience with electronics. Over the course of this pursuit, Alexander has attained fluency in the wide range of technologies necessary for modern full-stack development. Alexander’s areas of expertise include: digital audio processing and synthesis, apis, streaming, and interactivity. Originally from Eastern Montana, Alexander finds solace and inspiration in the outdoors. English for a Song exists at the intersection of his interests in music, education, and software development.
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