English as a Second Language

  • English Literacy

    Available June 2024

    Exploring English is a reading, writing, and grammar course to teach English as a second language (ESL). Some conversation is included. Lessons are designed for Grades 4-8 but may also be used to teach adults. Each unit includes three workbooks (A, B, C), a Dialogue Workbook, and vocabulary flash cards.

    The Teacher’s Guide provides step-by-step teaching instructions, exercise answers, and class activities. Oral drill using flash cards is essential. The Dialogue Workbook pairs conversation with pictures. For more advanced conversation skills, or if the student does not know any English, supplement with Conversational English. When complete, the course will have five units.

  • Conversational English

    Talk It Out and Talk It Over are the first two levels in a three-level series (Levels A, B, and C) for teaching conversational English to second-language learners. Each level contains forty lessons for a total of 120 lessons.

    Lessons include vocabulary and sentence structures that students practice in class and then use in daily life. The Teacher’s Guide provides step-by-step teaching instructions, activities, and games to simulate real-life contexts. Each flash card includes a picture and accompanying label. 

    Teacher’s Guides are required. Lessons are designed for ages 11-16, but the Teacher’s Guides provide activities to adapt lessons for a range of class lengths, styles, and ages. This English as a Foreign Language (EFL) course is not just about learning English—it helps teachers and students build relationships around conversation. Contact us for other options in international or mission settings.


  • Building Blocks

    Building Blocks is a short review of basics phonics for students who may know the letter sounds but are not fluent in them. It uses twenty lessons of selected material from Learning to Read LightUnits 101-107 to teach the twenty-six letters and sounds, long/short vowels, four digraphs, and some consonant blends. It uses the same flash cards as Learning to Read. The reader contains short stories from Learning to Read.

    Developed for students learning English as a second language (ESL), this short course may also be used to help any student get back up to speed after summer break. Building Blocks is not a replacement for Learning to Read, and it is not designed to help with learning disabilities.

    The course consists of a student workbook, Teacher’s Guide, Reader, Letter Flash Cards, and Sight Word Flash Cards. 

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