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Vol. 46 To get used to phonics while learning YELLOW, BOOK 1&2 and READY.

Preferred workbooks to get used to phonics with “YELLOW”, “Book 1”, “Book 2” and “READY”?
We recommend “Picture Books by Chants” “abcd Chants” and “Click on Phonics” .
With Learning World, please spend approximately 15 minutes for phonics in each lesson.
Popular selection for “YELLOW” learners is “abcd Chants”, and “Click on Phonics Series” for  “BOOK1”.

◆Getting used to the sound of phonics is highly recommended for “YELLOW” learners. “abcd Chants” will be a great method. There is a DVD available also.
Click here for a sample video

Click on Phonics is useful to focus more on letters. It  consists of 42 lessons, a Reading Book “Cat,Hen,Pig,Fox and Snake, RUN”  and some tests are also included.

Lesson 1-10(WORKBOOK1) will match BOOK 1 or READY
Lesson 11-26(WORKBOOK2)  will match BOOK 2
Phonics of BOOK 3 are covered after Lesson 27.

Vol. 45 Where can I see “35 Questions” which is stated in Learning World 1 Teacher’s Manual?

Where can I see “35 Questions” which is stated in “Learning World 1 Teacher’s Manual”?

In Learning World 1 Teacher’s Manual CD-ROM, 
Click the green button at the top of CONTENTS page, next to “35 Questions List for Book 1”. It will show the list which you can use for “Learning World 1”. It is also printable in A4 paper.

Learning World series guide students to get used to English expressions in realistic communications by using them in classes, instead of practicing in patterns.
At the beginning of each lesson, give students some free time to chat so they can practice not only the questions from the list but what they learned so far.

Vol. 44 Recommendable picture books for trial lessons?

Which picture book do you recommend for a trial lesson?
Here is a lesson example with Vol.2  A Beautiful Butterflypicture book.


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All 10 of our picture books are suitable for trial lessons. Each book contains character formation through the language education. With these picture books kids can enjoy guessing what to expect next.


A Beautiful Butterfly” is one of the most popular books among different ages.


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Every time you turn the pages, let children guess what the caterpillar will eat on the next page. It is okay for kids to guess in Japanese, the teacher can translate and teach the words in English.




Prepare some photo copies of the coloring butterfly before the lesson.




After the reading, children can color the butterfly in the way they think it’s beautiful. If the trial lesson is run by two teachers, one can talk to their parents about the lesson while the other teacher helping kids to color the butterfly.



After coloring, children introduce their colored butterfly to the class, saying “This is my beautiful butterfly”


Cut the butterfly out and make a paper puppet with chopsticks. This will be a souvenir from the trial lesson.

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Vol. 43 Ideas and methods for a trial lesson?

Please advice some ideas and methods for a trial lesson?
Here is a popular activity for children in the beginners level.


“Let’s Make a Face” (3 to 10 years old)



Using different parts  in various colors,  sizes and shapes.


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Pick a face and explain what it looks like. Kids guess which face is the teacher talking about, they will be excited to hear how the faces that they made will be explained.


After the activity, listen to  chant:Let’s Make a Face  and repeat the target words. (Face parts in this case.)


After the lesson, explain the purpose of the lesson to the parents.

  1. Importance of expressing one’s thoughts.
  2. Importance of being creative in a situation without solid answers.
  3. Improvement in listening skill
  4. Importance of enjoying the topic with chants.
  5. Importance of knowing foreign looks : eyes and hair in different colors.

While talking to parents, kids can draw faces using their imagination.


This activity is included in “Learning World Book 1 Activity Sheets 90”.

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Vol.42 Keys for a trial lesson.

Please advice some keys for a trial lesson.
Trial lessons must satisfy parents. At the same time, teachers need to make sure that the kids enjoy learning English.


Teaching skills will be judged by a lesson and kids are usually nervous with a new teacher, in a new atmosphere and the new language.


Please start the lesson with following tips.


1.Remember the names of the trial students in advance. Name tags using alphabetic letters is a good idea. Kids in trial lessons are usually nervous and teachers should act friendly to make them feel comfortable.


2.Prepare some fun music, picture books and picture cards that kids can join naturally to the atmosphere of an English lesson.


3.Focus on the fun part of using English through activities.


4.At the beginning children are not confident to speak in English. Do not force them but praise them when they speak English even if it’s not a full sentence.


5.If a trial student speaks in English out loud at the end of the lesson, even just a word, it means your lesson was a success.


Do not keep the same activity for too long with trial students (no longer than 10 minutes per activity). It depends on the age but teachers must move on before kids get tired of an activity.

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