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Reading and Spelling

Fisher Hill’s New Webpage

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Our webpage now comes in Spanish and English! In the top right-hand corner on the home page, you can click on Español to navigate to the Spanish side.  On the Spanish side, books can only be downloaded. This way, there is no problem with shipping to other countries. The books that can be downloaded are our English for the Spanish Speaker series and the 24 workbooks from our English literacy program for Spanish-speaking teens and adults.

Our English for the Spanish Speaker series has four workbooks. These workbooks have been popular with adults for over 20 years! Each workbook in the series has eight lessons.  In Books 1 and 2, the lessons are about every day activities. In Books 3 and 4, four lessons are about every day activities and the other four are about United States history or government.  The print in the workbooks is large.  The reading level in Book 1 is at the first and second grade level.  The books get progressively more difficult.  The reading level for Book 4 is at the fourth grade reading level.  Each lesson begins with a vocabulary list, then a conversation, story, activity pages, and finally an answer key. The lessons are bilingual with the word lists, conversations, and stories presented in Spanish and English.  The directions for the activity pages are in Spanish but the activities are in English.  There are two dictionaries at the back of each workbook: a Spanish dictionary and an English dictionary. There is a downloadable audio for each workbook so the student can listen to the vocabulary lists, conversations and stories in English.

Our English literacy program for Spanish-speaking teens and adults has six levels and each level has four workbooks.  Each level has a:

Reading and Spelling workbook

Reading Comprehension workbook

Writing Composition workbook

Vocabulary workbook

Each level begins with the Reading and Spelling workbook.  After finishing the Reading and Spelling workbook, students can begin the Reading Comprehension workbook to working on their reading comprehension skills.  They can also begin the Writing Composition workbook to work on their writing skills. They can use the Vocabulary workbook to review the vocabulary for that level. When students finish the six levels they will have an excellent foundation in English literacy.

Older students like our workbooks because the pace is reasonable, print is large, directions are in Spanish and the content is for older students.  In our English literacy program, there’s lots of pictures. Teachers like our books because everything is ready to go!  There’s an answer key in each workbook and an English translation of the Spanish directions at the end of each book.

People from around the world who want to learn English will now be able to benefit from our workbooks because now the books can be downloaded.

Visit our website at www.Fisher-Hill.com to view sample pages from all of our workbooks.  If you have any questions, you can email us at info@fisher-hill.com

English Reading and Spelling Workbooks for Spanish Speakers

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Fisher Hill has a six workbook series called English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker. This reading and spelling ESL workbook series is for Spanish-speaking teens and adults. The six workbooks were written to help Spanish speakers learn to read and spell in English.  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 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% on the placement test 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.  The Sound Spelling Placement Tests are spelling tests to determine if a student has mastered the sounds for that level.  The teacher or volunteer gives the spelling test to the student.  There are also student test forms under Teacher Resources.

There are other teacher resources for these reading and spelling ESL 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.

English reading and spelling for teens and adults ESL workbooks

Visit us on line at www.Fisher-Hill.com to learn more about our English Reading and Spelling for Spanish Speakerworkbooks which are part of our English literacy program for Spanish-speaking teens and adults.

Scope and Sequence for English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker

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Scope and Sequence for English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker

Fisher Hill’s English literacy program for Spanish-speaking teens and adults has six levels to help Spanish speakers acquire English literacy skills. Each level has four workbooks:

Reading and Spelling

Reading Comprehension

Writing Composition

Vocabulary

At each level, the English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker workbook comes first.  After students have completed this workbook, they can do the reading comprehension, writing composition and vocabulary workbooks at that level.  

At Fisher Hill’s website www.Fisher-Hill.com, click on Teacher Resources on the top tool bar on the home page. Then click on Reading and Spelling.  Scroll down to Scope and Sequence and click on it.  The Scope and Sequence gives activities to do with the reading and spelling workbooks and also presents the sounds introduced and practiced in each workbook.  The sounds are the ones that will be practice at each level of the program.  

If you have difficulty finding the Scope and Sequence for the English reading and spelling workbooks, you can email your questions to info@fisher-hill.com and someone will respond within 24 hours or call us and someone will walk you through the website.

Below is the Scope and Sequence for the English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker workbooks.

Scope and Sequence

for the 

English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish SpeakerSeries

Before beginning English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 1, practice the consonant sounds below with your students. Many of the consonant sounds are the same in English as in Spanish.  The letters: q, w, x and y have been left off this list because they are introduced and practiced in English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 1.

Bb says /b/ as in boy.

Cc says /c/ as in cat.

Dd says /d/ as in dog.

Ff says /f/ as in fun.

Gg says /g/ as in goat.

Hh says /h/ as in house.

Jj says /j/ as in jump.

Kk says /k/ as in kite.

Ll says /l/ as in lion.

Mm says/m/ as in mat.

Nn says/ n/ as in no.

Pp says /p/ as in pet.

Rr says  /r/ as in run.

Ss says /s/ as in sun.

Tt says /t/ as in top.

Vv says /v/ as in van.

Zz says /z/ as in zoo.

To help your students obtain automaticity with these sounds, you can use flash cards, graphic organizers or smart boards.  

 

Students need to know that both upper and lower case letters make the same sound.

This is a graphic organizer for the sound of letter s.  Students can work together to make graphic organizers for each of the consonants listed above. 

The teacher can use a smart board for the students to practice their letter sounds or students can write their own letters to practice the letter sounds. From left to right, students read the sounds.

On the following pages are the sounds, words, prefixes, suffixes, roots, and spelling rules that are presented in each of the six workbooks.

English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 1

Short vowel sound for the letter a

Short vowel sound for the letter i

Short vowel sound for the letter o

Words with x

Words that end with ay

Short vowel sound for the letter u

Long vowel sound for espelled ee

Short vowel sound for the letter e

Words with w and y

Words with sh

The FISL Spelling Rule

Words that end with ck

Words with qu

Beginning Blends: st, sm, sp, sw, sc, sn, 

bl, cl, pl, fl, gl, sl, cr, tr, fr, dr, br, pr, gr 

English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 2

Long vowel sound for ispelled ay

Words with the long vowel sound for eand oat the end of short words

Words with ch

Vowel sound or

Words that end with all

The thsound

Words that end with ingang,ongung

The vowel sounds for oyand ar

The wh sound

Words that end with inkank, onkunk

Vowel sound for ooas in food

Words with the vowel-consonant-e (VCe) pattern

Ending Blends: st, nd, nt, mp, sk, ft, lt, lk, sp, ct

The owvowel sound as in show

Words with the long vowel sound for aspelled ai

Compound Words

The owvowel sound as in cow

The oovowel sound as in book

On pages 31, 62, 93 and 124 are Spelling Checks. The teacher dictates the words to the students who write the words and then read the words back to the teacher.

English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 3

The ingsuffix

Words with the ervowel sound and the ersuffix

Words with tch

Words with dge

Words with the awvowel sound

Words with the vowel team oa

Words with oivowel sound

The soft csound

The soft gsound

The vowel team ea

The ewvowel sound

The earvowel sound

The long ivowel sound spelled igh

The ouvowel sound

Words with two syllables

On pages 31, 62, 93 and 124 are Spelling Checks. The teacher dictates the words to the students who write the words and then read the words back to the teacher.

English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 4

Words with the irvowel sound

Suffixes:  s, es, ed, y, ly, tion, less, ness, ment, ful, et, en, ic, est, ous, al

Prefixes:  in, re, a, un, de, be, ex, e, con, dis, com, en, pre, pro, per, sub

Blends:  scr, shr, spl, spr, squ, str, thr

The consonant –lesyllable

Words with the urvowel sound

Words with ind and ild

Words with oldand ost

Words with the short evowel sound spelled ea

The ervowel sound spelled ear

The Doubling Spelling Rule

On pages 31, 62, 93 and 124 are Spelling Checks. The teacher dictates the words to the students who write the words and then read the words back to the teacher.

English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 5

Contractions

Suffixes:  sion, ive, ist, hood, dom, ward, ling, some, ture, ard, ify, ical

The vowel sound au

Words with ph

Words with the vowel spelling ue

Words with wr, kn,and gn

The Y Rule

The spelling rule for ie

Months of the Year

Words with the long evowel sound

Words with the long avowel sound

Words with warand wor

Words with wa, aughand ough

The /k/ sound spelled ch

Words with mband stle

Prefixes: for, fore, over, auto, para, post, with, tele, trans

On pages 31, 62, 93 and 124 are Spelling Checks. The teacher dictates the words to the students who write the words and then read the words back to the teacher.

English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 6

Suffixes: or, ar

Roots:  port, tract, form, spect, ject, struct, dic, dict, duct, duc, duce, scrib, script, face, fact, fer, rupt, mit, miss, flect, flex, vert, vers, pel, puls, vis, vid, cap, cept, celt, ceive

Two-syllable Doubling Rule

Prefixes: uni, mono, bi, di, tri, poly, dec, deci, cent, multi, semi

On pages 31, 62, 93 and 124 are Spelling Checks. The teacher dictates the words to the students who write the words and then read the words back to the teacher.

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Structured Literacy ESL Workbooks for Spanish-Speaking - Fisher Hill

Visit our website at www.Fisher-Hill.com to view our English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker workbooks which are the first books to use at each level. There are sample lessons from each workbook that can be downloaded.