The outline for MES-English's
Phase 1: I introduce the target language attached to vocabulary sets in the final lesson on that topic. The students should be fairly familiar with all of the vocabulary and are ready to use the words. As we move on, I continue to practice most of the target language in unit 1 and 2 via an initial section of my class called "talking time". I use 'talking time' at the beginning of every lesson for review as well.
The beginning of the curriculum is loaded with vocabulary. I like to use TPR as well in phase 1 to introduce verbs and increase the students passive vocabulary in a fun and less threatening manner. I use Exercise Time in every lesson up through unit 6 or so. Once we start working with phonics workbooks, I drop exercise time as a central part of each lesson.
The running content section: I continue with one letter and one number in each lesson. I stick with 1-20 for a while, even with older students, but if they're ready to move on, don't hold them back.
Assuming you spend 3 lessons on each topic, you will finish the alphabet or come close to it by the end of Unit 2. If you spend 4 lessons per topic, you'll definitely finish the alphabet. In which case, I generally just practice a few letters each day reviewing the reading and then showing them how those readings are blended together to sound out words. If the students are ready to start reading you can let them try, but I generally just do it and let them observe how to sound out words for a while.
Phase 2: I'll come back to phase 2 and phase 3 once I get all of phase 1 posted.
Phase 3: I'll come back to phase 2 and phase 3 once I get all of phase 1 posted.
If you'd like to listen to the the curriculum explained, I discussed the curriculum and how it runs on ESL Teacher Talk.com:Phonics part 2
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