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English Vocabulary for Spanish Speakers

Structured Literacy

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Fisher Hill’s literacy workbooks use a structured literacy approach.  The books are based on Orton-Gillingham practices.  Most of Fisher Hill’s workbooks are for Spanish-speaking teens and adults to learn to read and write in English.

Kathy Fisher is the owner of Fisher Hill and the author of the workbooks. She taught reading for 17 years.  She is a member of the International Dyslexia Association and has two boys who had difficulty learning to read.  One son graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemistry and the other son dropped out of high school, passed the high school proficiency test, and worked at Twitter before he was twenty years old making more money than his mother who had a master’s degree in Education.  Needless to say, the boys school experiences at times were not a joyful affair especially with the younger one who finally dropped out of school when he was sixteen.

School can be extremely difficult for children who have a hard time learning to read.  As a teacher, I loved teaching reading because I knew what to do.  I joined IDA when my boys had difficulty learning to read. This reading difficulty came as a shock to me because I had read to them since they were babies. They had gone to Mommy and Me classes, story time at the library, and they had plenty of books at home.  IDA taught me how to teach reading.  They taught me about Orton-Gillingham.  I knew what to do.  I did not depend on the school’s textbooks to teach reading.

The workbooks I’ve written use a very structured, systematic, explicit approach to teach the English speech sounds to read and spell.  The series called English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker uses phonics, phonemic awareness and other phonological skills to teach the speech sounds.  This series has six workbooks.  After completing English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker  Book 1, students are ready to practice their beginning reading skills by using English Reading Comprehension for the Spanish Speaker Book 1. (There are six workbooks in this series). After completing English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 1, they can also begin practicing writing by using English Writing Composition for the Spanish Speaker Book 1. (There are six workbooks in this series). After completing English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 1, students can use English Vocabulary for the Spanish Speaker Book 1 to review the vocabulary presented in English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 1.  (There are six workbook in the English Vocabulary for the Spanish Speaker series.) After completing the four workbooks at each level, students will have an excellent foundation in English literacy.  There are six level in the literacy program.

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English Vocabulary for Spanish Speakers

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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

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Each level begins with the English Reading and Spelling workbook.  The Vocabulary workbook reinforces the new words learned at each level. Vocabulary is key for reading comprehension.  Multiple encounters of a new word is required before a word is really known.  Repeated exposure to a word in a variety of contexts can add dimension to what is known about the word.  “The more opportunities students have to think about and use the words they are learning, the more elaborate their mental repesentations of the words will be.” (Bringing Words to Life by Isabel Beck.)  Fisher Hill’s vocabulary workbooks provide this necessary practice for learning new words at each of the six levels in the Fisher Hill’s English Literacy Program for Spanish-speaking teens and adults.  There are many pictures and graphic organizers to help students remember and understand the new vocaublary words.

Graphic organizers are visual representations or frames used to organize information. Graphic organizers are tools that can be used to visualize and organize information. They can help students see the relationships between ideas; and more easily understand, remember and apply information.  Fisher Hill’s English Vocabulary for the Spanish-Speaker workbooks are full of graphic organizers to help students learn vocabulary.

As with all Fisher Hill workbooks, the activities and lessons are not overwhelming.  The workbooks are explicit, systematic and very structured.  Adults like our workbooks because the pace is reasonable, print is large, directions are in Spanish, there are many pictures yet 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.

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 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. Here you will also find instructions on how to give the tests.

Visit us online at www.Fisher-Hill.com to view all of our workbooks.  If you have any questions about our workbooks or how to navigate our  website you can email us at info@Fisher-Hill.com or call us at 1-888-407-1187.

 

 

Free Online Teacher Resources for Literacy Program

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Fisher Hill’s literacy program for Spanish-speaking teens and adults has six levels.  Each level contains:

an English Reading and Spelling workbook

English Reading Comprehension workbook

English Writing Composition workbook

and an English Vocabulary workbook

For each level, students need to always start with the English Reading and Spelling workbook. Then students can use the  Reading Comprehension and Writing Compsoition workbooks at that level to practice their comprehension and writing skills.  With the vocabulary workbooks, students review the vocabuary from each particulary level.

Fisher Hill has teacher resources on their website to go along with their literacy program. There are placements tests to determine on which level a student should begin.  There are Word and Sentence Practice pages to help students develop fluency.  There is a Scope and Sequence for the literacy program and Word Chains that also help with fluency.  There are also sample lessons from each workbook.

Click on Teacher Resources from the top of the web page at www.Fisher-Hill.com. Then click on Reading and Spelling.  Scroll down to see the different resources.  Toward the bottom of the scroll, you will see the Sound Spelling Placement Tests.  These tests determine on which level a student should begin the program.  Each placement test is a spelling test to determine if a student knows the sounds for that level.  A student needs to score 80% or more on a placement test to go to the next level.  The instructor reads the words from the test and the student writes the words. There is a Student Test form to write the words.

If you have difficulty navigating through our website, you can email us at info@Fisher-Hill.com.

Workbooks to Help Spanish-Speaking Teens and Adults Learn English

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Fisher Hill has many workbooks to help Spanish-speaking teens and adults learn English.  Fisher Hill now has a Spanish side to their website.

Visit our website at www.Fisher-Hill.com.  To view our website in Spanish, click on the word Español on the top toolbar in the right corner. On the Spanish side of the webpage, only ebooks can be downloaded.  If you want a hard copy of the books, you can order those from the English side of the website.

To navigate through our website,

  1. first put in the address www.Fisher-Hill.com.  This will bring you to the English side.
  2. From the top toolbar, you can click on Fisher Hill Store.
  3. Then scroll down to click on the different workbook topics. You can then click on a workbook. This will bring you to a page that will give you information about the workbook.
  4. On this page, you can click on Sample Pages to view pages from the workbook. There is also an option where you can choose to purchase a hardcopy of the book or ebook.

On the English side of www.Fisher-Hill.com, on the top toolbar, you can click on Teacher Resources.  This will bring you to a page where you can view sample pages or lessons from each workbook.  Under Reading and Spelling, there are activities, for example: Word and Sentence Practice with the Short /a/ Sound. Also under Reading and Spelling, are six Placement Tests and instructions on how to use the Placement Tests that go with our English Literacy Program for Spanish-Speaking teens and Adults: Instructions for Sound Spelling Placement Tests, and  Sound Spelling Placement Test Book 1.

From the Home Page, you can click on any book to take you to it’s page and then if you click again on the book, it will take you to more information about the book.

On the Spanish side of www.Fisher-Hill.com, from the top toolbar, you can click on Recursos Para Los Maestros, to find the Placement Tests for our English Literacy Program for Spanish Speaking Teens and Adults,  Clave de respuestas de la prueba de deletreo fonético Nivel 1.  There are instructions in Spanish on how to use these Placement Tests Pruebas de determinación del nivel de deletreo fonético

Workbooks to Help Spanish-Speaking Teens and Adults Learn English

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English Vocabulary for Spanish Speakers

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English Vocabulary for Spanish Speakers

Soon Fisher Hill’s English Vocabulary for the Spanish Speaker workbooks will be available to download from our website at www.Fisher-Hill.com.

The purpose of these workbooks is to help Spanish speakers improve their English vocabulary. English Vocabulary for Spanish Speakers Book 1 reinforces the vocabulary presented in English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 1, English Reading Comprehension for the Spanish Speaker Book 1, and English Writing Composition for the Spanish Speaker Book 1 .A few new words are presented in English Vocabulary for the Spanish Speaker Book 1,so an English-Spanish dictionary would be helpful. Each of the six English Vocabulary for the Spanish Speaker workbooks reviews the vocabulary presented at each level. There are six levels in Fisher Hill’s English Literacy Program for Spanish-speaking teens and adults.  Each level has four workbooks:

Reading and Spelling

Reading Comprehension

Writing Composition

Vocabulary

Every workbook in the program is bilingual.  The directions are in Spanish.  THE ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF THE SPANISH DIRECTIONS IS LOCATED AT THE BACK OF EACH WORKBOOK. There is also an Answer Key at the back of each book.  

Spanish speakers increasing their English vocabulary will improve their English reading and listening comprehension and also strengthen their English writing and speaking skills. Good vocabulary skills help people visualize. Visualization helps people remember what is read or heard.

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If you have questions about Fisher Hill’s English Literacy Program for Spanish-speaking teens and adults, you can email your questions to info@fisher-hill.com and we will respond within 24 hours.

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Visit us at www.Fisher-Hill.com to view our workbooks for our English Literacy Program.  There are sample lessons from each workbook that can be downloaded.