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Source Reviewed:

Welcome to Toronto: A Picture Dictionary for Newcomers

Audience:

Students, Educators, Parents, Guardians, Tutors

Topic:

Language Learning and Related Issues

Description:

This Picture Dictionary is designed to help make the transition into the classroom in Toronto easier. The thirty page paperback book shows full-color labeled pictures of inside a school classroom, hallway, library, gymnasium, and office. There are also photos of schoolyard activities, with labeled actions, toys, and sporting equipment. The photos also extend to the home and show labeled pictures of rooms in the house and of several household activities. There are also lists and pictures of clothing, types of food, seasons, and other words used in daily conversations. For each new list of words there are activities that are intended to stimulate conversation and work towards improving reading and writing skills in English.

Strengths:

There is a section called “My City – Toronto” in the book that has full color pictures of notable buildings and places around Toronto. The names of the sports teams in Toronto, as well as pictures of the TTC, the CN Tower, and Canadian currency provide newly arrived students with vocabulary that is specific to Toronto, and useful for helping to navigate the city. These books are available in the following bilingual editions of English and: Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu, and Vietnamese. What is best about this resource is that thirty copies of any one language or mixed languages will be distributed to any school in the TDSB upon request FREE OF CHARGE. The price per additional 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:

None.

Comments:

This is a great, free resource for newly arrived students in your classes. Although geared primarily toward younger students, older students who are new language learners will benefit from this Toronto-specific resource as well.

Your Recommendations:

The TDSB also offers a subject specific resource for newly arrived students in Toronto called, "Let's Learn English for School."

Submitted by: Colleen Grandy

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