Research with rising users of English proves what common sense always suggested – When students learn English “in a meaningful context,” they learn more quickly and they retain what they learn. English adult classes, which develop students reading and writing skills in the context of their everyday work, show far greater growth and retention than English adult classes taught “in isolation.” The difference lies in motivation and reward. Although a compilation of literature introduces students to masterpieces, they cannot use literary language at work. However, speech, conversation, and texts derived from the workplace have immediate reward—learn it tonight and use it tomorrow. Moving ahead through a series of English adult classes, students work with increasingly complex, sophisticated texts taken from common workplace situations.