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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.

Spanish Made Fun and Easy

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Spanish is the second most spoken language in the United States. There are more than 37 million native Spanish speakers in the United States. Mexico, United States’ southern neighbor, is the largest Spanish speaking country. The United States has the second largest Spanish-speaking population in the world after Mexico.

Speaking Spanish is a great help in the workforce and in everyday life. Fisher Hill has a series called Spanish Made Fun and Easy. The series consists of two workbooks.  The workbooks were written for beginning students; for the people who wants to brush up on Spanish; or for Spanish speakers who want to learn how to read and write Spanish.  

There are twelve lessons in each workbook.  Each lesson deals with an everyday theme.  At the end of the books are two dictionaries: Spanish-English and English-Spanish.

Each lesson has eight pages.  

The first pageof each lesson is a vocabulary list.  Beginning Spanish is included as well as the vocabulary of the particular theme. The definite article is placed in front of each Spanish noun on the list letting the student know whether it is a feminine or masculine noun.  

The second pageof each lesson is a conversation that uses the new vocabulary in a common situation.  

The third pageof each lesson is a story related to the theme that reinforces the vocabulary and the conversation.  

The fourth pageof each lesson is an exercise that requires choosing a word from the vocabulary list and then writing it in a sentence that is missing that word.  

The next three pagesof the lesson are a variety of activity pages.  

At the end of each lesson,are the answers to the exercises.

It is recommended that students do one lesson per week but pupils can go through the book more rapidly if they so desire.  The speed at which a student learns Spanish depends on the student.  It would be useful to read the conversation and story out loud to gain smoothness.

Also, students should listen to Spanish television. It is very important to listen to and speak with Spanish speakers.  Students will be able to practice Spanish and also improve their accents.  Children learn quickly to speak another language because most children are not bothered by the mistakes they make in speaking. It is important to take advantage of every opportunity to speak.

Visit our website at www.Fisher-Hill.comto view sample pages from the two Spanish Made Fun and Easyworkbooks. The Table of Contents for each workbook is included in the sample pages.