Do the lessons follow the Canadian Language Benchmarks?
Yes, the lessons follow the Canadian Language Benchmarks 2000 ESL for Literacy Learners Foundation Phase and the Benchmarks 1 and 2 in four skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking
Do the lessons need to be taught consecutively?
No. Although there is a general progression through each module toward more difficult concepts it is possible to teach the lessons in any order, choosing the topic the meets the needs of the class. For example, Seasons and Weather is Lesson 19 in Module 1 but it could be taught before or after any lesson and could be referenced for several lessons after with questions like, “What is the weather today.” The weather stickers could be selected and pasted into journals with an entry like: Today is sunny. The same idea could be followed with the Colours lesson.
The topics of the lessons, for example learning to print the alphabet letters, may be taught in short manageable chunks returning to the activities several days in a row and then visited later for review and mastery.
Does the teacher control the speed of the power points?
Yes, the teacher advances the slides according to her teaching needs. Sometimes it is helpful to leave a slide up for a longer period of time. Most of the slides are advanced with the click of a mouse. Remember to notice any instructions that are on individual slides. It is a good idea to review each set of power point slides before you teach the lesson the first time so that you are familiar with that set of slides.
Are Modules 1, 2, 3 sequenced from easy to more difficult?
Yes, each Module builds new and more complex concepts and recycles vocabulary from previous Modules. However it may be possible to choose a lesson from either of the Modules when creating your individual syllabus for your class.
How long are the lessons?
Most of the lessons were designed to be taught in a 3 hour class, however, the lessons can be taught in sections so that concepts from say 3 lessons could be taught each class and then used over a period of several days.
What does 'use a plastic sleeve' mean?
Many of the activity sheets can be reused for mastery and/or review by placing them in a plastic page protector and answering the questions using a dry erase marker. Each student has their own dry eraser pens and an eraser (which can be as simple as a wet wipe) so that they can repeat the activity as many times as is necessary.