ESL Textbooks and Curriculum FAQ

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    Greetings from Philippines!I just want to inquire if it is possible for your company to send the textbooks/materials via LBC here in the Philippines. If yes, how much will be the cost? Thank you so much.

    No Unfortunately we only offer download versions of our curriculum. These are in PDF format. You can order the files on a CD, which we will mail for your convenience, but we do not offer a hard copy paper version. Could you tell us more? Are you asking for the printed books? What is LBC?

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    Are there downloadable audio CD’s with this curriculum for the students to review at home? I notice that there are modules for listening comprehension, does this coincide with the regular curriculum? Or are these separate learning modules?

    Listening Comprehension is an auditory program written for students who can read and write English but need practice with the pronunciation. It reinforces the content of Modules 1 to 4.

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    I am going to purchase Beginners Module 1, Part 1 and High Beginners Module 2, Part 1 seperately as a test. If I can decide quickly (within a few days), will you give me credit toward purchasing all 4 modules?

    Yes. As long as arrangements are made in advance and you purchase all 4 Modules within 2 days.

    You will need to contact myself, Brian, in advance for a special payment link and download instructions.

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    The TOC is just isn't enough for me to make a buying decision, but with actual product I can decide 'quickly'.

    On our Curriculum Pages, links below, in addition to the Table of Contents, we list, Grammar Points Covered, Conversational Activities, Activities, as well as details of each book, Student reader, Student Workbook and the Teachers Guide.

    Module 1
    Module 2
    Module 3
    Module 4

    If you require further information, a selection of samples is available from the main Curriculum page - Fill your name and email into the orange bordered box on the right hand side.

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    If Module 1 is just too low for my students can I upgrade without the additional expense?

    No I am sorry. The information on our site is extensive, and with the samples available, we feel there is more than enough information to make a decision as to the proper level of your students.

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    i am currently teaching for the first time in South Korea. i am teaching 18 classes at an all girls high school and 5 classes at a all boys middle school. my classes are 50 minutes long. i am still in my first week of classes and having been struggling to fill the 50 minute time period. is this curriculum right for my needs?

    We understand your problem as we encountered a similar situation when we started teaching in Czechoslovakia. The only ESL textbook was a small one for the good socialist family. The first lesson had 75 new words - so we started writing our Teen-Adult curriculum.

    The curriculum is written for students aged 13 and older. Its content is based on the results of many surveys. The students rated all the different types of exercises and activities on a scale of 1 to 10 - 1 being not helpful and 10 very helpful.

    The lessons are written for 1 and 1/2 hour classes but any lesson can be continued during the following class. Our basic philosophy is to make the lessons fun and interesting - providing a variety of activities and exercises. You'll know it was a good lesson when they leave the class laughing. All lessons stress conversation in both large and small group situations.

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    Inasmuch as I have already experienced difficulty with the Adobe platform, might you have it available in any other platform, such as MS Word?

    No we do not offer a WORD version. We suggest that you try downloading Adobe Acrobat 9 or higher and then open the samples. It is free. Let us know how you make out.

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    Are there any quizzes or exams included in with the other materials?

    The program provides a test at the end of every fourth lesson with a final test at the end of each Module.

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    I see that the books can be used for students aged 13. Do you think they would be too childish for 19-year-old students?

    The Modules are written for students aged 13 and older. Our oldest student was 84!

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    Do you feel that the curriculum covers most of the grammar points that are apt to appear on such an exam?

    This Curriculum covers most of grammar points but omits some that are seldom used or have been changed as the language has changed.

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    Do you think it is fairly consistent with that exit exam?

    It isn’t a final preparation for the TOEFL. The fourth Module will be important for your students as it introduces them to some types of TOEFL questions that require them to make inferences. It isn’t, however, a final preparation for the TOEFL exam. There are many courses available that offer specific TOEFL preparation.

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    How do we put our logo on the front cover or the front page?

    We will put your logo on the front page of each book if you send it to us as a jpg and the name of your School. For the Adult Curriculum, the cost is $75.

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    I am starting to use your materials but I am curious that I anticipated that teaching ESL would start with having students how to conjugate verbs versus diving right into conversations as the module One suggest. I am not questioning the method but wanted to make sure that I am not missing materials that cover all of these and perhaps not teaching students in the right order. I shared with you that I have no experience teaching this and just want to do it right the first time. The class I have is comprised of about 50% of folks who have little or no education so the focus is really on teaching them to verbally become articulate

    We understand your expectations of a program that had the students conjugate verbs - that is the old method. Today students want to speak, and learning complete sentences is the accepted and most effective way for them to learn to speak. If they want to order a cup of coffee then they need some sentences - the conjugation of the verb "to be" won't help them!! We experienced this ourselves when we attended a private language school in Malaga. We learned hundreds of words and couldn't order a coffee! When students learn sentences they learn the grammar naturally, especially if it is supplemented with explanations of the new grammar that is used in the lesson.

    The other important factor is to offer a program that is interesting and fun. In both the Children's Curriculum and the Teen Adult Curriculum we have concentrated on making the lessons fun. Laughter facilitates learning.

    Hopefully we have answered your question. Don't hesitate to write if you need help.

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    I will be teaching 2 hour classes 2 days a week, so 4 hours per week. Would this teaching schedule work with your curriculum?

    The lessons in the Curriculum are between 1 and 2 hours. The time for each lesson varies greatly depending on the level and class.

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    Do the 4 Modules include all the material (for teacher, students, etc.)?

    YES - everything is included, Student Reader, Student Workbook and Teachers Manual.

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    Is there a placement level test included?

    YES. We offer a placement test in WORD format that will serve as a starting point for you to tailor a test to suit your students and situation. We sell curriculum all over the world to schools and different types of education institutions in many different environments and we have found this is the best for the placement test.

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    Do you need to print out a copy of the Student Reader and the Workbook for each student?

    The Student Reader is distributed to each student. (It could be collected at the end of the course to be used again if you would like to save money.The students don't need to write in it.) The student Workbook is where the students do all of their writing, so each student should have one to keep.
    The Teacher's Guide is strictly for the teacher. It is your guide to how each lesson is set up, and gives all of the answers and activities that aren't in the other books.

    You might be interested in reading some of our blogs. Go to:
    http://successfulesl.com/index.php?page=shop.browse&category_id=34&vmcchk=1&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=63

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    How long(hours,weeks months) do you allocate for each module?

    Each module has 2 parts - Part 1 and Part 2. Each Part has 20 lessons with approximately 1 hour per lesson. The time will vary greatly based on the students and the teachers.

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    What level is the 'History of Flight' curriculum?

    THe History of Flight is for Intermediate to Advanced students

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    You refer to a placement test in WORD format, but I can't find it on your site. Can I have more information about it, including price?

    The Placement test is in WORD format so that you can adapt to suit your requirements. We sell to school all over the world and a 'one size fits all' placement test would not work. The Placement test is available at no cost when you purchase the full Adult curriculum (Modules 1 - 4)

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    Is there anywhere on the website that shows sample pages to see the animation and layout of the pages? I don't want to purchase the curriculum and then find that it isn't what I expected visually.

    You can request samples of the Teen Adult curriculum from the main curriculum page - < a href="http://www.efl-esl.com/curriculum/">http://www.efl-esl.com/curriculum/

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    Can your curriculum be used to teach outside of Language Schools or Institutions? For example, if I wanted to use this to teach a private class or as an outreach project for my church?

    Yes. Keeping in mind the curriculum is designed for small groups, they curriculum can be used in any group class.

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    Can this material be used for prívate one on one teaching?

    No. The curriculum is designed for small groups.

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    Your copyright only permits use at 1 school - If I purchase now for the school I am teaching at, then leave and teach at my home, does that count as more than 1 school.

    No - small scale teaching as you have outlined is OK and we would count that as 1 school

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    When I order, do I get an account where I can log in and print any time?

    No - after purchase, you will receive an email with a download link. You can download the files to your computer and print anytime from your computer

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    What is the cost to buy one module, say intermediate?

    The modules can be purchased for $100 each (Parts 1 and 2) or $60 for any one part, or as a package for $350.

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    Can you give me a special price if I decide to purchase more in the future?

    We will offer you a special price on subsequent purchases of any materials depending on the quantity that you buy or have bought in the past.
    You will need to let us know what you need so we can give you a discount.

    Feel free to take your time as we will be pleased to work with you as your project progresses.

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    What assistance can you give me with setting up my school?

    As the world economy struggles we are committed to helping people get started with the teaching of English.When we are able to reach out In this way, it provides opportunities for students and teachers to improve their lot in life.

    We would be willing to discuss problems that you may encounter as you set up your classes.


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