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Hello ...

Anyone have any suggestions on books for 1st/2nd grade students learning EFL. I'm going to Honduras in November, and would like to take a few books with me. I have lots of ideas, but I guess what I'm really looking for in a teacher resource book with activities/ideas/games/categories for working with the beginning stages of literacy, etc.

I've heard the Let's Go series is great. I'm going to try and get hold of a sample copy, but I'm not sure how thats going to go.

Any other suggestions?


Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:43 am
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I use Let's Go, but after I have taught them for about a year to three years. However, I only have my students once a week for an hour. Everyday for a few hours sounds like you could really make some progress.

Just about every book is lacking in some way and it's not their fault. To have a full comprehensive book that fits the culture, the teacher, and setting is just impossible or would be so expensive and resource ridden that no one could aford it. However, most are well thought out and grounded in good theory. I would just pick one and then start planning your supplements that will be needed around the text.

Like I said I use Let's Go but just as a structured writing book. The students already understand the language and can use it (and have been for more than a year) before we see it in the book. I use the book just to try and get them to understand what they have been saying in a written form.

Good luck.

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Yes I have used Lets Go in the past and it worked well

you can probably get a free copy from their web site

also I liked the flash cards (that go with the series)


Mon Aug 21, 2006 4:28 pm
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Yes, I REALLY want to get ahold of a Let's Go book. I'll have to try the website thing. I think that you're right. I did find out that they had kindergarten in English ... so they should know the alphabet, and understand English somewhat. At least they've been exposed to it before. So maybe I can move in a little more to get them closer to reading. But really, they'll just be learning to read in Spanish, right?


Thu Aug 24, 2006 4:53 am
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Hello....

Well the book I have been working with here in Mexico is called BACKPACK I don'tknow if you have heard of it. It's pretty good and it has worked really well here in Mexico and many other countries I've heard. Check it out. You can do it at : www.longman.com

Good luck.


Thu Sep 21, 2006 10:21 am
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Hi!

I fully understand why you want to take some resource books with you, however, if you have internet access and a printer you can access loads of free flash cards and with these using games you can run entire lessons - particularly with beginners to lower intermediate.

I have taught mostly with no course book (although I'm not against them at all), exclusively using games just with a few picture cards. I'm not a big fan of making zillions of photocopies anyway!

Even if you don't have picture cards you can have your students make some as long as you at least have pencil and paper.

That said, I do specialise in games for young learners. You can find out more at the site below.


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Personally I recommend Sparks series, Splash series. They are great for children at the primary school.


Wed Oct 18, 2006 6:35 pm
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Sparks series? I'll have to look it up. The school sent me the teacher's manuals for the books they use. They aren't necessarily ESL books, but a normal elementary curriculum ... Scott Foresman Reading Street. It's a great book though, very detailed. But some of the other things I have will help to make the material more ESL suitable.


Thu Oct 26, 2006 1:05 pm
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Hello......here is the site where you can find the BACKPACK book I told you about.....check it out:

www.pearsoneducacion.net/Pearson/nav/sh ... egoria=202

....see if you find it useful. I really like it ,students do too and it has really worked here in my country.

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or try: www.longman.com/ae/backpack (and you will even hear the song).

Good Luck!

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First time poster, hello to all!

In terms of books for kids, I have used Let's Go, GoGo Loves English, New Parade, and SuperKids. For my own English School I have chosen to use SuperKids, which is from Longman.

Also, MES English is an awesome site for flash cards. Flash cards are an important tool for teaching...

It seems that textbooks are a good way to have an "agenda", order of study; but, ESL books lacks something, i.e. authenticity... Hence, to supplement lessons with additives is essential...

Good luck in choosing...

Joe


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If you are looking for an outline, often you can look at the scope and sequence of other resources and decide, from that, what you would like to teach. From there you develop your own scope and sequence.

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