LevelLiteracy to Mid-Beginner

Callan's ABC's

Callan's ABCs first edition has been discontinued and being replaced by the new Callan's Beginner Essentials with illustrations by Mark Perrault. To become a volunteer field tester, testing as many or as few pages as you prefer, please contact us here

The book is still geared at literacy and low beginner ESL / EFL students with little knowledge of the alphabet. Students may be able to identify all the names of the letters of the alphabet, but be less certain of their sounds or be unable to discern sounds within words.

The book uses mainly simple 2-6 letter words to exemplify English sounds and spelling conventions. Each phonics page is followed by a grammar page where students practice questions and short answers, using the vocabulary on the previous page. There are also a number of dictation pages with minimal pairs, as well as review vocabulary and simple sentence pages. 

Check out the testimonials for the first edition of the book here

Each phonics page is followed by a different grammar page, practicing the following questions:

  • "What is it?"
  • "What are they?"
  • "Is it a....?"
  • "Are they...?"
  • "Is there...?"
  • "Are there...?"
  • "How many...?'

The first 2/3 of the book gives students the template to copy and the last third requires the student to answer the questions without any tempate. 

The book takes a scaffolding approach, with a lot of repeat practice, slowly building on knowledge. 

The book is "sanitized for your protection" meaning that you will not find odd, low frequency words or pictures that students do not readily understand. Teacher frustration level is greatly minimized by this thoughtful, well field tested material.