BeginnerEssentialsCover
LevelLiteracy to Mid-Beginner
Price$45
ISBN978-0-9810156-7-5

Callan's Beginner Essentials

Callan's Beginner Essentials with illustrations by Mark Perrault is now in the field testing phase. To become a volunteer field tester, testing as many or as few pages as you prefer, download the field tester form HERE and email it to the address on the form.  

This skill building book is geared for literacy and low beginner ESL / EFL students with little knowledge of the sounds and letters of English. 

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 one of the following questions and short answers, using the vocabulary from the previous page. 

  • "What is it?"
  • "What are they?"
  • "Do you....?"
  • "Is it a....?"
  • "Are they....?"
  • "Is there....?"
  • "Are there....?"
  • "How many....?'
  • "Are you....?"
  • "Is he/she....?"
  • "Is it a.... or a ....?"

The first 2/3 of the book gives students the template to copy (eg. Yes, it is. / No, it isn't.) and the last third requires the student to answer the questions without guidance.

Field Testers, here below are the pages you can choose from to field test. Two pages go together--one vocabulary page and one grammar page. Please be aware that the book takes a scaffolding approach, with a lot of repeat practice, slowly building on knowledge. Pages after page 73 should be tested by higher classes only, as lower classes will not have tested enough pages to be ready for unguided practice. 

Essentials Pages

 1 B or D

 2  B or D "What is it?"

 3 B C D F

 4 B C D F "Do you....?"

 5 C or G

 6 C or G "Is it a....?"

 7  Review B C D F G

 8  Peer dictation review practice of page 7 BCDFG

 9  Peer dictation review practice of page 7 BCDFG

 10  B C D F G "Do you....?"

 11  H J K 

 12  H J K  "Is there a....?"

 13 L M N P 

 14 L M N P  "Do you....?"

 15  Qu R S T

 16  Qu R S T "Is it a....?"

 17  V W X Y Z

 18  V W X Y Z  "Is there a....?"

 19  B or P 

 20  B or P "Is it a....?"

 21  M or N

 22  M or N "How many....?"

 23 L or N  

 24  L or N  "What are they....?"

 25  L or R

 26  L or R "How many....?"

 27  L or R clusters

 28  L or R cluster word formation

 29  F or P 

 30  F or P "Is it a....?"

 31  F or V

 32  F or V "Are they....?"

 33  V or W 

 34  V or W "Is it a....?"

 35  P or T

 36  P or T "Do you have a....?"

 37  S or Z

 38  S or Z  "Is she....?"

 39  S or SH

 40  S or SH  "Do you....a lot?"

 41  CH or SH

 42  CH or SH  "Are they....?"

 43  CH or J

 44  CH or J  "Are there any....?"

 45   F  S  T  TH

 46  F  S  T  TH  "What are they....?"

 47  CK  SK  ST  X

 48  CK  SK  ST  X  "What is it....?"

 49  b c d g k m qu r s t v w  Consonant review

 50  b c d g k m qu r s t v w  Consonant review "Are you a....?"

 51  b c d g k m qu r s t v w  Consonant review   "Is he a....?" "Is she a....?"

 52  A and consonant review (all words have short A sound--students fill in some consonants)

 53  A  "Are there any....?

 54  E and consonant review (all words have short E sound--students fill in some consonants)

 55  E  "Is there a....?"

 56  A or E (Students fill in a or e)

 57  A or E "Is it a .... or a ....?"

 58  I and consonant review  (all words have short I sound--students fill in some consonants)

 59  I  "How many....?"

 60  E or I  (Students fill in e or i)

 61  E or I  "Is it a .... or a ....?"

 62  O and consonant review  (all words have short O sound--students fill in some consonants)

 63  O  "Are there any....?"

 64  U and consonant review  (all words have short U sound--students fill in some consonants)

 65  U   "Are they....?"

 66  A or U  (Students fill in a or u)

 67  A or U   "Is it a .... or a ....?"

 68  O or U  (Students fill in o or u)

 69  O or U  "Is it a .... or a ....?"

 70  EA and EE  and consonant review

 71  EA and EE  "Do you....?"

 72  EA and EE peer dictation practice

 73  EA and EE peer dictation practice

 74  I__E  and __IGHT and consonant review

 75  I__E  and __IGHT "What is it?", "What are they?" and "Are they....?" questions, no template

 76  I__E  and __IGHT peer dictation practice

 77  I__E  and __IGHT peer dictation practice

 78  AI  A__E  __AY and consonant review

 79  AI  A__E  __AY  Mixed questions, no template

 80  AI  A__E  __AY peer dictation practice

 81  AI  A__E  __AY peer dictation practice

 82  I or I__E or __IGHT 

 83  I or I__E or __IGHT Mixed questions, no template

 84  O or O__E or OA

 85  O or O__E or OA  Mixed questions, no template

 86  A or AI or  A__E

 87  A or AI or  A__E  Mixed questions, no template

 88  I or  EA or EE

 89  I or  EA or EE Mixed questions, no template

 90 AL AR AW WA  alphabetical order 

 91 3-Letter review

 92 3-Letter review

 94 4-Letter review

 95 4-Letter review

 96 5-Letter review

 

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, soon to be well field tested material. 

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