Fisher Hill has six easy to use workbook to help Spanish speakers improve their English reading and spelling. This series is called English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker. https://www.fisher-hill.com/product-category/reading-and-spelling/ The workbooks use Orton Gillingham methods to teach reading and spelling. Orton Gillingham uses a very systematic, structured, explicit, and multisensory approach to teach the forty-four English speech sounds to read and spell. The workbooks 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. The workbooks also present 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 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. Most consonants in English have one sound. Vowels can make several speech sounds. Sometimes the letter “y” is used as a vowel.
Words are made up of syllables (units of pronunciation). Some words have one syllable, others have two or more syllables. Every syllable must have a vowel sound. If a word has three syllables then it has three vowel sounds.
Each lesson’s word list begins with words that contain the speech sound that is being emphasized in that lesson. The last two words in the list are sight words. https://www.fisher-hill.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/SP-ER-S-Bk-1.pdf
Practicing English speech sounds, sight words, and their spellings will help Spanish speakers learn English reading and spelling.
In English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Books 4, 5, and 6, prefixes and suffixes are introduced and practiced.
English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker is part of Fisher Hill’s Structured Literacy Program for Spanish speaking teens and adults. 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: https://www.fisher-hill.com/structured-literacy-program/
Reading and Spelling
The first book to use at each level is the Reading and Spelling workbook. After completing the Reading and Spelling workbook, students are ready to practice reading by using the Reading Comprehension workbook https://www.fisher-hill.com/product-category/comprehension/ or writing by using the Writing Composition workbook https://www.fisher-hill.com/product-category/composition/ . The Vocabulary workbook reviews the vocabulary at each level.
To view sample pages from each workbook, click on the book and then click on the box that says Sample Pages. https://www.fisher-hill.com/product/english-writing-composition-for-the-spanish-speaker-book-1/ These workbooks can also be downloaded. Where it says Option scroll down and click ebook. https://www.fisher-hill.com/product/english-reading-comprehension-for-the-spanish-speaker-book-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 tool bar there are placement tests to determine on which level a student should begin. After clicking on Teacher Resources, then click on Reading and Spelling and scroll down until you reach the placement tests. https://www.fisher-hill.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Placement-Test-Level-1-2.png There are also instructions on how to use the placement tests. https://www.fisher-hill.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Placement-Tests-Directions.pdf
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 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 English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker and other workbooks in our Structured Literacy Program. Our website is also in Spanish. Just click on the box in the upper right had corner that says Spanish. Each workbook can be downloaded so these books can be used around the world!
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