Anne Worral and Elizabeth Kilbey
Pearson Education Longman (Harlow, England)
Introduction to English Adventure
Who is English Adventure for?
English Adventure has been approved by the Hungarian Ministry of Education for use from the first class in Hungarian primary schools.
This is a six-level course.
English Adventure 1 may be used both with children who have had a first introduction to English / e.g. with English Adventure Starter A and B / or with complete beginners. Starter A has no reading or writing at all whilst Starter B has word-level reading and writing. In English Adventure 1 pupils begin to read and write short sentences.
English Adventure Level 2 assumes no previous knowledge of English, though teachers who have worked with English Adventure Starter Levels A and B will find that the vocabulary and structures from those earlier books is recycled.
The school curricula require encouraging initiative, independence, imagination, co-operation and the development of useful research skill. English Adventure combines both the fundamental principles of the communicative approach and the values of good education.
English Adventure 2 has been recommended by the local language authority because it follows the official syllabus.
This course length is covered a school year since provides approximately between 70-90 hours of teaching material that is suitable for those classes that have 2 or 3 hours English a week.
English Adventure 2 is adequate to follow, and this not only saves you a lot of work, but also helps ensure that a balance syllabus is covered.
What are the aims of English Adventure?
To develop a positive attitude to English by providing a context in which learning a foreign language is stimulating and fun.
To present activities and materials this will allow pupils to explore different topics and concepts while they learn the new language.
To take the pupils themselves as its starting point: their learning styles, the way they interact with each other, their needs and their interests.
To motivate pupils through the much-loved Disney characters they meet along the way and to encourage them to take an active role in their learning progress.
To establish a solid basis on which the pupils can continue to build in their own English Adventure.
What does English Adventure 2 consist of?
The Pupil’s Book is the central component of English Adventure 2. This is a 71 page, full-colour book for use in the classroom. It is used to present each new language item, and can be backed up with flashcards and real objects. The quality of paper is quite thick and durable, the way drawings and pictures are provided is really children-centred. The book contains stories, songs, communication activities, reading texts, and games. There are eight core teaching units, review units, festival lessons and magazine pages. The book also contains colour cut out picture cards, which correspond to the key vocabulary of the course. Each page provides the core material for one lesson. Class activities are indicating by symbols that are suitable for pupils in this age, too.
The Activity Book follows the structure of the Pupil’s Book and provides reinforcement and consolidation of the language taught in each lesson. Exercises focus on the skills of reading and writing, raising pupils’ awareness on the skills of English spelling. The Activity Book can be used in class or for homework.
This is fully interleaved teacher’s guide with material from the Pupil’s Book. The Teacher’s Book provides lesson-by-lesson teaching notes covering all the sections of the course material. There are clear, step-by-step lesson procedures, with ideas for warm-ups to begin the lessons, and an optional extra activity which is reduces the teacher’s preparation time. There is also introduction outliving the language content and the organisation of the material, with a very useful description about the mid-primary age group and different types of learner. It contains a section about the teaching methodology and the core activities and resources, too. There are also suggestions for activities for the picture cards and other games and overviews of the Disney films which feature in the Pupil’s Book.
Audio CDs and cassettes
The CDs and cassettes contain stories, comprehension activities, songs and chants. Songs are followed by a repeat of the music without voices, so pupils can sing the songs karaoke-style.
The flashcards correspond to the key vocabulary from English Adventure Level 2. The Teacher’s Book explains how flashcards can be used to present, practise and consolidate language through a variety of games and activities.
The posters relate to the magazine pages at the back of the Pupil’s Book: Our world!
These can be used to extend the language content of the course if teachers need material for extra lessons.
The videos contain four episodes. Each episode is based around a Disney character or film, and is divided into three sections. The Teacher’s Book includes teaching notes and photocopyable activities that can be used alongside the episodes.
The CD-ROM can be used in the classroom or at home. It includes interactive games and activities, using the key language of English Adventure. It also features all the chants and songs from the Pupil’s Book to provide extra listening practice.
Pupils can use the CD-ROM in parallel with the Pupil’s Book or for revision later in the year.