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Source Reviewed:

Let's Learn English for School: A Picture Dictionary for the Ontario Curriculum Grades 4 to 8

Audience:

Newly arrived students who are just beginning to acquire vocabulary (Grade 4 and up)

Topic:

Language Learning and Related Issues

Description:

This is resource is published by the Toronto District School Board, and it is designed for students in Grade 4 and up. The thirty page, paperback book introduces students to some of the vocabulary they will need in order to develop a foundation in Science and Technology, Social Studies, History, Geography, Mathematics, Physical Education, Healthy Living, Drama and Dance, Visual Arts, and Music. The book has numerous activities for independent vocabulary practice, reading, writing, and comprehension. For each subject, there are also suggestions for discussion topics and pair work. Furthermore, the book offers color photos for each vocabulary word.

Strengths:

The book is available in an English-only edition, and in the following bilingual editions: Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu. The breadth of vocabulary and the diversity of topics make these books excellent resources. Also, the varitey of activities (fill in the blanks, language games, matching, true or false, etc.) keep the book engaging for students. The price per copy is $5.00. The order form for this resource can be printed off the TDSB website:
http://www.tdsb.on.ca/communications/pdfs/ORDER_FORM-TDSB_EXTERNAL.pdf
The TDSB will accept faxed, emailed, or mailed order forms.


Weaknesses:

Some of the vocabulary in the activities may be difficult for new language learners to grasp without considerable direction and help.

Comments:

I would highly recommend these publications for newly arrived students who are just beginning to acquire vocabulary. The dual language dictionaries are especially useful in helping new language learners follow along in their native languages.

Your Recommendations:

Read the review of "Welcome to Toronto: A Picture Dictionary for Newcomers" for an additional resource for newly arrived students.

Submitted by: Colleen Grandy

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