English No Problem

Literacy – High Intermediate

English—No Problem! is a breakthrough alternative to traditional ESL instruction that enables students to learn through a unique problem-solving approach.

No Problem for Students: Theme-based units offer a series of learning activities taken from real-life situations, like voting for the first time.

No Problem for Teachers: Suitable for new and experienced teachers, the lessons enable students to work independently or in groups. Step-by-step instructions, large print and graphic elements, such as maps, charts, and graphs, make it easy to plan and execute class activities or realign lesson structures.

Works in Multilevel Classrooms!

Everyday English language problems are expandable with built-in flexibility for multilevel instruction. Students with limited English language skills and vocabulary can participate in lesson activities, as long as a student knows the English vocabulary word for one item. Students generally work on these with a partner or in groups. The tasks and projects provided at the end of each lesson, and the projects given at the end of each unit, allow students with higher language levels to take on the more involved tasks (note taking, reading additional materials, and presenting the results back to the class), while students with lower levels can contribute to the discussion of ideas and other activities as their language abilities allow.

Works well for Open Entry-Open Exit programs!

Each unit is self-contained. The grammar in each lesson is a function of the types of conversation activities included in the lesson, so it’s not crucial for students to know previously taught grammar to participate in the lesson.

Built upon national and state standards!

The series fully integrates national and state standards and frameworks for adult education and ESL, including the SCANS, EFF, CASAS, BEST, EFF, NRS, and SPLs.

Uses abundant, real language!

Activities are designed to get students moving within the classroom and talking with each other. Because there is no need for students to memorize dialogues, students express and defend ideas, ask and answer questions, report information to the class, and use purposeful real-life language!

A variety of activities in the photocopy masters are practice activities that students try on their own at home. It also includes an Oral Evaluation Matrix – which gives a way of measuring and reporting student progress in oral language skills.

How it works:

1 – In each Unit Opener, a problem or situation is presented that relates to three common settings: home, work and/or school, and community. Through a series of questions about the picture, students discuss the issue and begin to relate the issue to their own life. The teacher introduces key vocabulary for the unit, and students set learning goals.

2 – Each lesson encourages students to think about how the issue affects him or her and uses a reading passage, a listening prompt, or a graphic prompt to begin the discussion in a more focused context. Through the lesson and discussion of the issue, students learn grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, language, culture, and content.

3 – At the end of each unit, students have an opportunity to apply what they have learned, and include activities and examples of real-life documents, like forms or paychecks.

At the end of each unit, students complete a group project that demonstrates problem-solving skills used to solve the posed problem/situation.

Courtesy of New Readers Press

You can find English No Problem in the Newton Free Library’s Literacy Collection:  LIT 428.4 English

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