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According to the Center for American Progress, “more than one out of four of all children in the United States are from immigrant families, and in most cases these children speak a language other than English at home.”
To better serve this growing population of ELL immigrant children (and their parents), we’ve added a new intermediate-level course to our spread of English materials. The Conversations in English course is the logical next step to use upon completion of the English Essentials course (also available in Transparent Language Online) but can be completed on its own depending on your proficiency level.
With 27 units at your fingertips (that’s 50+ hours of learning!), this course focuses on fun and practical spoken exchanges between characters about themed subjects. Each conversation is supported with vocabulary lessons and grammar lessons which simultaneously summarize the conversation and tie in with the grammar and vocabulary focus for the unit.
For example, in the “Going Downtown” unit, you’ll be introduced to the English question words in the grammar section. This includes a written passage about how to form and ask questions and two learning activities to reinforce the material.
As you move on in the unit(which, in “Going Downtown”, follows a son asking his mother to borrow her car so he can go out), you’ll listen to the conversation, once again stepping through activities that help you internalize the material, including a role-playing activity where you’ll practice your pronunciation while pretending to be one of the characters.
In addition to “Going Downtown”, other unit themes include:
Beyond question words, grammar topics include:
For educators looking to leverage this course to facilitate English language classes, we will also provide an instructor handbook that details the ideal set-up for a blended-learning environment that uses optimal integration of our tech companion (activities to do first, next, last, before class, after class, etc.) as well as the break-down of hours allotted for each unit, lesson, and activity.