Teaching Beginning English

Teaching Beginning English

Learning a new language can be difficult, especially for beginners! These resources help teachers plan lessons that inspire skills and confidence for English language learners. Visit VITAL’s Tutor Resources for more tools, tips, and training.


Compiled by:
Bethany T.

CURRICULUM GUIDES

Basic Dictations

Catherine Sadow
VITAL 428.24 Sad

Beginning levels texts organized by topics relevant to newcomers of the United States: friends and families, numbers, time, around town, food, health and work. Language practice includes 4 types of dictation activities, vocabulary, discussion, and writing. Book + CD


Beginning English Day by Day

Michael Roddy
VITAL 428.24 Ro

Presents a guide to basic English language skills including vocabulary development, grammar, reading, writing, and pronunciation. Lessons involve daily life skills such as time, money, health, food, transportation, housing, and more. The answer key provides a brief explanation of the activities.


Life Goes On: Introductory

Ann Gianola
VITAL 428.24 Gia

ESL students will live, laugh and learn with this series. Fifteen engaging stories in each book portray diverse characters in interesting daily life situations. Reading comprehension, dialogue, pronunciation, and writing activities included. Life Goes On series (4 levels). Teacher’s guide and Audio download available.


Novel Scenes: Introductory

Ann Gianola
VITAL 428.24 Gia

Each book in the series tells the story of a single character that is new to the U.S. Chapters include exercises that build comprehension, vocabulary, speaking, and listening skills. Novel Scenes series (4 levels). Teacher’s guide and Audio Download available.


Oxford Picture Dictionary

Norma Shapiro
VITAL 423.1 Ade

4,000 English words and phrases with meaningful, real-life contexts presented within 12 thematic units, including Everyday Language, People, Housing, Food, Recreation, and more. Topics such as job search, career planning, and digital literacy equip students with the language they need for everyday success. Use with Oxford Picture Dictionary Workbooks (3 levels).


That’s Life: Introductory

Ann Gianola
VITAL 428.24 Gia

Engaging and amusing low-level stories that students love to read. Everyday life themes are consistent across levels, making these books ideal for multilevel classrooms. Includes discussion starters, listening activities, dialogue practice, and comprehension exercises. That’s Life series (4 levels). Teacher’s guide and Audio download available.


What’s Next? A multilevel phonics approach for ESL students. Book 1

Lia Conklin
VITAL 428.34 Con

Easy-to-read stories follow an immigrant through her daily life in the U.S. Each lesson features phonics instruction, sight words, listening, speaking, and comprehension exercises. What’s Next series (4 levels). Teacher’s guide and Audio download available.


What’s Up? Book 1: Integrated skills and culture for adults

Kathleen Olson
VITAL 428.24 Ols

Basic English language activities that develop listening, reading, writing and cultural literacy skills. Texts include news reports, menus, forms, and other realia adapted to low reading levels. Each unit includes a complete lesson plan and homework. What’s Up series (3 levels)


Word by Word Basic Picture Dictionary

Steven J. Molinsky
VITAL 423.17 Mol

This learner friendly picture dictionary introduces essential words with illustrations and simple lesson plans. Prepare students for success using English in everyday life, in the community, in school, and at work. Use with Word by Word Literacy or Vocabulary workbooks.


Word by Word Basic Vocabulary Workbook

Steven J. Molinsky
VITAL 423.17 Mol

This workbook builds language skills with listening, vocabulary, writing, and comprehension Activities. Use with the Word by Word Basic Picture Dictionary. Book+CD


HANDBOOKS

I Speak English

Ruth J. Colvin
VITAL 428.24 Col

An ESL resource guide that introduces new teachers to basic techniques and strategies for teaching adults with little to no English experience. Includes tips for getting started, planning your first meeting, assessing language skills, sample lesson plans, sequence of skills, and more.


Teaching Adults: an ESL resource book

New Readers Press
VITAL 374.012 Tea

This go-to guide for ESL instructors covers the basics on English language and American culture learning. The step-by-step format provides instruction for teaching adult English language learners in group and one on one settings. Include 50+ ready-to-use activities for teaching reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.


PRE-LITERACY LEVEL

LifePrints: Literacy

Mary Ann Cunningham Florez
VITAL 428.24 Lif

Develops listening and speaking skills through realistic conversations that center on familiar situations. Helps build skills for communicating with health providers, getting and keeping a job, and discovering neighborhood services and resources. Literacy level activities are appropriate for pre-literate adults. LifePrints series (4 levels). Teacher’s Guide and Audio download available.


Word by Word Basic Picture Dictionary, Literacy Workbook

Steven J. Molinsky
VITAL 423.17 Mol

This workbook teaches the alphabet and basic vocabulary, reading, and writing for pre-literate adults. Use with the Word by Word Basic Picture Dictionary. Book+CD