English Reading and Spelling
For the next four blogs, I will talk about each series in Fisher Hill’s English literacy program. In this blog, I will talk about the English Reading and Spelling series. The series has six workbooks. Fisher Hill’s literacy program has six levels. Each level has four books. The books are workbooks. Each level has:
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. These six workbooks were written to help Spanish speakers learn to read and spell in English. It uses 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 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 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. 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.
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.
On our website, there are placement tests to determine which level a student should begin. 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 Resources on our website www.Fisher-Hill.com . Teacher Resources can 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.
There are other teacher resources for these workbooks on our website. There is a Scope and Sequence to help you use the series. There are Word and Sentence Practice pages and Word Chains to help with fluency.
Fisher Hill’s English Reading and Spelling Series
Fisher Hill’s English Literacy Program
Visit us on line at www.Fisher-Hill to learn more about our English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker workbooks which are part of our English literacy program for Spanish-speaking teens and adults.