Fisher Hill has a series with six workbooks called English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker. https://fisher-hill.com/product-category/reading-and-spelling/ The series was written to help Spanish speakers learn to read and write in English. The workbooks use a systematic approach in teaching the English speech sounds and provides practice with phonemic awareness, which is the ability to identify individual sounds and their order within words. Learning the different speech sounds will help students read and write in English fluently. Eighty-five percent (85%) of words in English are phonetic. The workbooks also present many of the commonly used words, called sight words, that are not phonetic.
The workbooks are bilingual since the word list for each lesson is presented in English and Spanish. There are pictures to go with many of the words in the lists. Each lesson emphasizes one or two new speech sounds. The vowel sounds in English are different than those in Spanish, but many of the English consonant sounds are similar to those in Spanish. There are 26 letters in the English alphabet:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
Each lesson’s word list begins with words that contain the speech sound that is being emphasized in that lesson. The last word or words in the list are sight words.
Practicing English speech sounds and their spellings along with sight words will help Spanish speakers and all students learn English reading and spelling.
English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker is part of Fisher Hill’s Structured Literacy Program for Spanish speaking teens and adults. https://fisher-hill.com/structured-literacy-program/ The series is geared toward Spanish speakers, but students of all languages can benefit from this program. The series has six levels. Each level has four workbooks:
Reading and Spelling
The first book to use at each level is the Reading and Spelling workbook. The program uses a very systematic, explicit approach to teaching the forty-four English speech sounds. After completing the English Reading and Spelling Book 1, https://fisher-hill.com/product/english-reading-and-spelling-for-the-spanish-speaker-book-1/ students are ready to practice reading by using the English Reading Comprehension Book 1 https://fisher-hill.com/product/english-reading-comprehension-for-the-spanish-speaker-book-1/ or writing by using the English Writing Composition Book 1. https://fisher-hill.com/product/english-writing-composition-for-the-spanish-speaker-book-1/ The English Vocabulary Book 1 https://fisher-hill.com/product/english-vocabulary-for-the-spanish-speaker-book-1/ reviews the vocabulary presented at Level 1. After completing the six levels, students will have an excellent foundation in English literacy.
On our website at www.Fisher-Hill.com under Teacher Resources on the top toolbar there are placement tests to determine on which level a student should begin. https://fisher-hill.com/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/sound-spelling-placement-test-book-1.pdf After clicking on Teacher Resources, then click on Reading and Spelling and scroll down until you reach the placement tests. There are also instructions on how to use the placement tests. https://fisher-hill.com/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/instructions-for-sound-spelling.pdf
Also under Teacher Resources are activity pages to go along with English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 1.
Adults like our workbooks because the pace is reasonable, print is large, directions are in Spanish, there’s lots of pictures but the content is for adults. Teachers like our books because everything is ready to go! There’s an answer key at the the end of each lesson and an English translation of the Spanish directions at the end of each book.
Visit our website at www.Fisher-Hill.com to learn more about the series English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker and the other series in our Structured Literacy Program.
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