English in Everyday Life: An Immigration Story
WorkLife English: Competency-Based Listening/Speaking, Book 3; Chapter 1, The Arrival + Transcript
12 + 3 = 15 pp
Who It’s For: American-English (Teachers & Helpers of) Intermediate Students About to (Re-)Start a Course of Oral-Language-Skills Development—with Analogous Objectives
Why It’s Useful: All ten Chapters of WorkLife English: A Competency-Based Listening/Speaking Book 3: An Immigration Story have the same format—which differs from that of WLE: L/S 2 for variety—and because language learners are progressing in their abilities. After a Chapter Opener listing Competencies, Notions & Functions, Grammar comes Part One / Better Listening: it’s centered around thematic Immigration Stories of four “Principal Protagonists” in a fictional book-long narrative. For Pre-Listening, text users anticipate what they’re about to hear by answering predictive questions about four drawings; after a First Listening, they match the scenes to stories. During a Second Listening, they cross out the wrong words in a narrative, leaving the stressed ones to convey significant details. Later, they identify Reduced Forms, Contractions, and other “Function Words” not crucial to the Main Ideas but still helpful. Part Two / Clear Speech provides Pronunciation Practice in Sounds and other features. Part Three / Good Communication offers Notional / Functional Vocabulary as well as Sentence Templates to follow in “Telling Your Own Story.” And in Part Four / Practical Listening, there are short simulated segments relevant to the Chapter subject matter.
What You’ll Do: