English Communication Skills: Chapter 1 Text
In English Communication Skills students learn how to construct sentences, paragraphs, essays, letters, and other forms of communication. Each lesson includes a vignette of a positive role model to illustrate how values, beliefs, and character affect communication skills and life choices. QR-codes, charts, photos, and illustrations are strategically placed to enhance comprehension. Every lesson includes a life principle selected to appeal to conscience to enable students to make wise choices. Selected vocabulary words are bolded and defined to help enrich the students' understanding of the English language If English Communication Skills is completed as a high school course, it is worth one transcript credit. The course is excellent for high school students or adults with academic gaps or a limited understanding of the English language. Proctors/teachers can assign students to complete the chapter tests of English Communication Skills, English Grammar Skills, and English I: Language Skills to identify English learning gaps that need to be filled before a student graduates. High school students may earn one transcript credit by completing at least six chapters of "gaps composed of various Paradigm English chapters.
English Communication Skills is a comprehensive course designed for application in grade 7, but is applicable for grades 7 through 12 to address academic gaps in the English. The course consists of five chapters bound in soft-cover texts with five companion student activity books that "walk students chronologically through components of the English language. Seventy-five lessons,15 quizzes, and five chapter tests cover the basics components of oral and written communication in the English language.
These materials offer complete coverage of both writing and grammar.
"Designed to be self-teaching." These are magic words for many homeschoolers particularly at the high school level. And while this curriculum has many positive characteristics, its self-teaching aspect is sure to rank high. But don't overlook the other positives broad coverage of grammar, usage, and mechanics, vocabulary, literary elements, and composition as well as encouraging and character-building anecdotes and principles. Although utilizing a black and white format, the graphics are well designed and interesting. The Texts (pgs vary from 50 to 70 pgs) follow a pattern: vocabulary, vignette illustrating a life principle, and teaching segments accompanied by quiz prompts. All straight-forward and easy to complete. The Activities books are consumable with reading comprehension questions from the vignette, a vocabulary exercise, and several exercises reinforcing the Text's teaching segments. Students are expected to check their own work in the Activities and if they score 85% or better on the quizzes are not required before taking the tests that are provided. The Teacher's Resource Kit comes as a CD or black line masters. English I can be purchased either as both items together or as CD only. English II, III, or IV are only available in the CD version and Texts for these courses are pdf documents (can read on computer or print out) on a separate CD-ROM. Teacher Resource CD content is identical to the black line masters and includes the tables of contents for the textbooks, the Activity answer keys, section quizzes and answer keys, Chapter tests and answer keys as well as some helpful administrative resources. Full Course Kits include the Texts and Activities books for all five chapters as well as the Teacher's Resource Kit (masters and CD). (Please note the publisher is transitioning from CD's to digital downloads.) ~ Janice