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Vol.64 Handwriting for Book 2 or Book 3?

Learning World 1 Handwriting has been published. Will Handwriting product for Book 2 and Book 3 be published also?
Handwriting (Book 1) was published as a writing workbook for the first and the second grade of Elementary students.

1 ”WELCOME to Learning World”(PINK, YELLOW, BLUE) will build vocabulary and basic expression.

2 At the beginning of “Book 1”, start tracing and writing. Getting used to writing will guide to word familiarity.

For learners of “Book 2” or “Book 3”, students already have 5 or 6 years of experience. At this stage they write sentences and words in a notebook, instead of tracing.

★Notebook 10 lines (Blue)

★Notebook 13 lines (Purple)

Although we recommend to use a notebook for “Books 2” learners, we have been receiving requests for Tracing “Workbook for Book 2” or “READY for Learning World”. We may publish them in the future depending on the requests and the needs.

*”Book” 1 also has a Workbook and adding Handwriting for homework might be too much? – Not quite! A school tried using “Handwriting” and “Workbook” homework (in “Book 1” class with 300 students in total) for one year and received positive feedback from parents.

Vol.56 What is the difference between 1st edition of Tomorrow and Book5 TOMORROW(2nd edition)?

We use the 1st edition of Learning World for Tomorrow for junior-high students. What are the differences from Book 5 of TOMORROW?
There are two major changes. Catchy chants remains but we removed songs that used to be on the left hand side section of the pages.
We also revised the pages on the right. Listening Test page on each unit has been changed and now there are not only Creating Writing but Presentation drafts and activities of “Think and find own answers” here and there. Other than that, we added three grammatical subjects which used to be taught in high schools such as Past subjunctive, Present Perfect Continuous and Participles.

For the workbook, there are demo tests for level 3 Eiken qualification and past exam questions from Cambridge (YLE) Movers in addition.

In the teacher’s book, it has an additional Mini Test for each unit which you can make photo copies to suit your needs.It has more contents and it is higher degree level compared to the 1st edition. The book is recommended for students who have learned Learning World Book 3 and Book 4 BRIDGE.

Mini Test <click the image to enlarge>

TOMORROW(2nd edition) target :

From upper grades of elementary to junior-high who has been learning English since pre-school or lower grades of elementary. It is also possible to use the 2nd edition after they studied the 1st edition. Students can review what they have learned in the previous year and understand more deeply.

Vol.53 YELLOW and BLUE are composed of songs and chants, they seem like a short course.

YELLOW and BLUE are composed of songs and chants, they seem like a short course.

The short dialogues in each unit are useful in different situations. Whenever there is a chance to use the dialog, students should review and repeat the line so they can use the sentence naturally. The list below is some lines from WELCOME YELLOW and BLUE. There are so many dialogues that can be used in the classroom or on a daily basis, use the lines they have learned as much as possible. Teachers should give students various situation and lead the dialogue so they can follow.

□Are you ready? OK.  □Whose turn? It’s my turn.
□Here you are. Thank you. You’re welcome.   □What is …’s name?
□I like… How about you?   □Whose …it this? It’s mine.
□Let’s… That sounds good!   □Do you have…? Yes, I do. I have…
□Do you like…?   □Where do you live?
□Are you hungry?    □Watch out!
□How is the weather?  □I’m finished! Show me. Good job.
□Listen to me. We are listening!   □Can I have a bite?
□May I come in? Yes, you may.   □How did you come here? By….
□Here’s some …    □What do you want? I want …
□Open the…. Sure!

Vol. 51 Activity area on the right hand side of Learning World takes a long time to see the result.

Activity area on the right hand side of Learning World takes a long time to see the result.
Though some teachers use Learning World because of its catchy chants and fun tunes. Chants, words or listening tests are not enough for kids to talk fluently.
Training them for Eiken qualification allows students to pass the exam as their knowledge improves with the chants. However they still need continuous activities to get to the point where they can explain what they want to say. It is one of the most important contents for English education. Please do not skip the activities and spend 15-20 minutes on them.

Vol. 50 Are Color Kyogu (Teacher’s Aids) and Activity Sheets necessary?

With Learning World methods, are Color Kyogu (Teacher’s Aids) and Activity Sheets necessary as teacher’s tools?

Yes, they are necessary to “use” the English the students have learned. These tools are made for the activities which require the students to ask questions, please use them in your classes. This is a good start to make students speak in English.

“Keys from Leaning World”

Even when students do not know the answers, let them say “I don’t know” in English. Use English as a language. English is not only a leaning topic.

Let them use English as much as they can. Begin with communication activities with various choices – Not a single answer!

Listen and bring in what your students feel. Try to think as everyone got a right point.

“Opening your textbook” at the beginning of the lesson is NOT fun. That usually makes your students quiet.

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