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FIRST STEPS IN ENGLISH is a standard based text designed to teach basic English and literacy skills while simultaneously equipping students with essential skills needed to be self-sufficient, contributing members of their new community. Ten thematic modules introduce basic literacy skills as supports for real-life language needs at work, in the community, and at home. The text was designed to accommodate the multilevel nature of a literacy class, with A sections supporting new learners and B sections supporting emerging readers, without causing noticeable class divides.
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AMANDA INGRASSIA has a background in language and culture acquisition. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Linguistics and a Master s Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from Trinity Western University in British Columbia, Canada. For her student practicum, she began teaching ESL in the refugee community. She discovered a passion for equipping resettled refugees in the United States with the real life and English language skills necessary to be successful, self-sufficient community members. From 2010 to 2014, she taught at Central Piedmont Community College where she helped develop low-level ESL curriculum. She lives in Charlotte, N.C. ANNA SANCZYK was born and raised in Bialystok, Poland, and graduated from the University of Bialystok where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. She traveled throughout Europe and the U.S. to gain valuable intercultural experience, then earned a Master s degree in English Linguistics from the University of Oslo in Norway. Since 2011, she has worked at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C., where she instructs refugee students. Since 2013, Anna has been a Program Coordinator developing curriculum that focuses on citizenship, life, and work skills. By including concepts of American culture and traditions in the lessons, she helps students increase their literacy skills while they learn to understand their new surroundings and become successful members of their new communities.Review:
FIRST STEPS IN ENGLISH is relevant for my adult literacy students who are brand new to English literacy as well as for those with some experience. The book presents important English concepts through meaningful context. Through simple and clear photographs, large fonts, and straightforward activities, my students can understand relevant ideas and connect them to text. --Penny Lipsitz, ESL Instructor, Refugee Program, CPCC
The beauty of working with First Steps in English is that Anna Sanczyk and Amanda Ingrassia have worked extensively with preliterate students and understand the obstacles these types of students face when confronted with the printed page. Their textbook reduces the information and lessons into the most essential components enabling students to grasp the information without being overwhelmed by its format. Not only is the text relevant to what students need to learn, but seeing actual photographs of other students like themselves adds a level of familiarity that builds confidence and benefits learning. --Dana Baker, ESL Instructor, Refugee Program, CPCC
A great basic literacy book for students new to the classroom experience. Students can relate to the pictures in the book because they feature actual refugees. Easy to create flash cards and practice activities from book. Highly recommended. --Roey Southard, ESL Instructor, Refugee Program, CPCC
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Book Description CPCC Press, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M159494069X