A unique multilevel phonics approach for ESL Students. What’s Next? is a two-level reading series designed for multilevel English classes. Easy-to-read stories follow Samsam, a Somali immigrant, through her daily life in the U.S. where she is faced with learning English, finding a job, visiting a doctor, and more.
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Each level contains the same story which makes it ideal for multilevel teaching.
Every lesson in What’s Next? takes learners through listening, speaking, writing, vocabulary, prediction, and reading comprehension exercises. Phonics instruction is a core part of each lesson, and students acquire new vocabulary with both phonics and sight word practice.
Research-based, phonemic awareness listening practice sets this multilevel series apart from other English language learning products.
Each lesson introduces target vowel and consonant sounds, blends, endings, and 10 sight words. Learners first focus on the story as a whole, then work on the phonics and sight words, and finally return to the whole story again to access comprehension and learning.
Students practice beginning and ending consonant sounds, complete cloze sentence exercises, and learn new word families.
The Teacher’s Guide includes lesson plans and reproducible masters for each lesson.
Audio files for each story are recorded at two speeds for learners in a multilevel classroom. Download FREE audios on this page.
My learners are Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education who have low literacy skills in their native languages, low phonemic and phonological awareness, and difficulty in understanding abstract concepts. They enjoy What's Next? immensely and are engaged with the story that is similar to their own. They enjoy phonics exercises, sequencing the sentence strips, and finding the words for the clozes. As Covid-19 precautions have restricted partner and group work, these individual activities allow students time to process newly acquired language at their own pace without a teacher-fronted classroom. Finally, the stories are used as a model for students writing their own personal narratives, one small piece at a time, as in What's Next?
Nan Frydland ESL Instructor, Mercy Learning Program