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The Esl Teacher's Book of Lists (J-B Ed: Book of Lists) [Spiral-bound]

Jacqueline E. Kress Ed.D.


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29 Mar 1993 0876283075 978-0876283073 Spi
Provides 80 practical, tested lists for developing instructional materials and planning lessons to teach American English grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and writing skills to English–as–a–Second Language students of all ability levels.

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This unique information source and time–saver for ESL teachers includes 80 practical, tested lists you can reproduce for classroom use or refer to in developing instructional materials and planning lessons for elementary and secondary students.

For quick access and easy use, all of these lists are organized into seven sections, numbered consecutively within each section, and printed in a format that can be photocopied as many times as required for individual or group instruction.

Here′s just an overview of the ready–to–use information you′ll find to reinforce and enhance your ESL classes in each section:
General Vocabulary— Section1 features 21 lists of English words students need everyday situations, ranging from "The 500 Most Frequently Used English Words" to "Feeling Well" and "On a Clear Day". Included are an extensive list of idioms across five languages and three "shortcut" lists of cognates English shares with Spanish, French, and German.

Academic Vocabulary— Section 2 lists will help students get up to speed in the content areas and include one general school list and six basic and intermediate/advanced lists for math, social studies, and science.

Grammar— Section 3 covers the basics of English grammar in 13 quick, reproducible student handouts with examples. Among them are "Building Blocks: Parts of Speech"... "Dots and Dashes: Punctuation"... and "Can You Spell That?: Spelling Rules."

Grammar Patterns & Practice— This section offers nine lists you can draw on for examples or drills, including "Sentence Patterns for To Be," "Subject/Verb Agreement," and "Common Grammatical Errors."

Pronunciation— Section 5 presents 13 lists and charts you can use to help students learn to distinguish and make English sounds, including, "Problem English Sounds for Speakers of Other Languages," "Practice for Phonemes in the Initial Position," and "English Stress and Intonation Patterns in Words."

Assessment— In section 6 you′ll find seven comprehensive lists for assessing students′ language proficiency, their auditory, aural, reading comprehension, oral language and written skills, and a list of 30 "Commercial Language Tests."

Curriculum & Instruction— Section 7 includes ten lists you′ll refer to again and again, among them a list of "Thematic Language Units," lists of activities for improving a variety of language skills, and lists of selected teaching materials and professional associations for ESL teachers.

In short, The ESL Teacher′s Book of Lists gives you ready source of good examples, key words, teachable content, and teaching ideas that might otherwise take many years and much effort to compile. And a complete glossary at the end provides an indispensable guide to the specialized language of ESL instruction!

About the Author

Jacqueline E. Kress, Ed.D., is an experienced teacher, teacher–trainer, educational program designer, and administrator. Her research in reading comprehension strategies earned her the 1987 Evelyn Headley Award from Rutgers University, where she earned her doctorate in reading. She has taught developmental and remedial reading and language arts in urban elementary schools as well as in several New Jersey colleges. She also served as a coordinator of elementary school reading and testing and as a college reading faculty member.
Dr. Kress has designed numerous educational programs for at–risk students with special instructional needs, including gifted and talented, underprepared, learning disabled, and visually or auditorily impaired students. She is the co–author of The Reading Teacher′s Book of Lists (Prentice Hall, 3rd edition 1993) and The Readability Machine (Prentice Hall, 1986). Currently, Dr. Kress directs the Office of Total Quality Management at the New Jersey Department of Higher Education.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Very Useful!!!! 19 Sep 2000
By Alessandra Vadala - Published on Amazon.com
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If you need to whip up a lesson or you have a great activity and need some specialized vocabulary...this is it! This book is also very helpful when you can't think of examples "off the top of you head," but you know the "grammar-point" you want to make. For instance, it lists exceptions to rules, idioms, prespositions, common mistakes made by specific groups of language learners, etc... I've used it at least three times a week for four years!
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tough to Categorize--a little of everything 22 May 2005
By J. Marren - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book based on the great reader review, but now that I have it I'm not sure what to do with it. It's true, if you need a lesson and have nothing to start with--a rarity in my experience--you could whip something up with this. But, if you have a course book and need more work on a grammar point, it's hit or miss if the grammar is covered in this book. There are vocabulary lists--weather, time, school, travel--but not work, homes, food. There are some good pronunciation exercises, and an excellent list of idioms. But this is the kind of resource that I'll check once in awhile on the chance it will have something, but I won't count on it.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most valuable ESL reference book in my collection! 24 Jan 2008
By H. Keys - Published on Amazon.com
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I have used this book far more than any of the other ESL or English books I have. If you already have a set lesson plan that you follow, then it might not be as useful, but if you make your own lessons, it's perfect! I teach a lot of private ESL classes, so all my lessons are tailor-made for a particular student, which means I'm constantly creating or tweaking lessons. I have found it very useful because it can be hard and / or time consuming to sit down and try to think of (for example) all the words that people use in greetings, or for weather. Also, it has some very good explanations of pronunciation rules as well as some grammar.
I recommend this book to anyone who has to plan their own lessons or to teachers with limited resources.
2.0 out of 5 stars Sitting on a Shelf Unused 17 Mar 2013
By tolarjev - Published on Amazon.com
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Not sure why I bought this except that it has good reviews, and as a new ESL teacher I was going a little bonkers buying books that would help me teach ESL. Undoubtedly it's helped some teachers, but I've found no use for it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book 19 Dec 2012
By Ann Dolbear - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very useful book for teaching grammar to a diverse population. It is practical and can be used for adult literacy groups.
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