Fisher Hill has an excellent English literacy program for Spanish-speaking teens and adults. The program has six levels. Each level has four workbooks:
a Reading and Spelling workbook
a Reading Comprehension workbook
a Writing Composition workbook
and a Vocabulary workbook
Each level begins with the English Reading and Spelling workbook. The English Reading and Spelling workbooks were written to help Spanish speakers learn to read and spell in English. They use a systematic approach teaching the English speech sounds and provide 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 spell in English fluently. Eighty-five percent (85%) of words in English are phonetic. This book also presents many of the commonly used words, called sight words, that are not phonetic.
The workbooks are bilingual because the word list for each lesson is presented in English and Spanish. There are pictures to go with many of the words on 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. Most consonants in English have one sound. Vowels in English make several speech sounds. Sometimes the letter “y” is used as a vowel.
Each lesson starts with the Word list and then three or four pages to practice words with the new speech sounds. At the end of each lesson is an answer key.
In English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Books 4, 5, and 6, prefixes and suffixes are introduced and practiced.
On our website, if you click on any workbook, you can view sample pages from that book.
On our website, there are placement tests to determine on which level a student should begin the literacy program. A student needs a score of 80% to go to the next level. For example, if a student gets 60% on the placement test for level one, then that student needs to begin with level one with English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 1. Each level begins with the Reading and Spelling workbook.
These placement tests can be found under Teacher Resourceson our website www.Fisher-Hill.com. Teacher Resourcescan be found on the top tool bar. Click on Teacher Resources, then click on Reading and Spelling. Then scroll down to the placement tests. The placement tests are called Sound Spelling Placement Test Book 1 and so forth. Sound Spelling Placement Test Book 1 is for level one. You will also find instructions on how to give the tests.
There are other teacher resources for these workbooks under Reading and Spelling. There is a Scope and Sequence to help you use the workbooks. There are Word and Sentence Practice pages and Word Chains to help with fluency.
Visit us online at www.Fisher-Hill.comto view all of our workbooks. If you have any questions about our workbooks or how to navigate our website you can email us at [email protected]or call us at 1-888-407-1187.