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    Introduction

    Welcome to Listening & Speaking for Beginning English Language Learners! This book is designed to help you improve your listening, speaking, pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary skills. You will learn how to pronounce basic words correctly, engage in basic communication with others, understand/use basic grammar structures, and acquire/expand basic vocabulary.

    Audience

    This book is intended for English Language Learners or English as a Second Language students at the high-beginning level. 

    Chapter Outline

    The book is organized into eight chapters, and each chapter contains four sections: Listening and Speaking, Pronunciation, Grammar, and Vocabulary. Each chapter starts with listening activities and speaking activities for students to practice. The second section of each chapter is pronunciation, where students focus on learning a particular pronunciation feature. Next, the chapter moves on to cover the related grammar topics. Finally, each chapter closes with the practice of relevant vocabulary.

    Chapter 1: Greetings and Introduction - How to greet people; How to introduce self and others; One and multi-syllabic words; Verb BE, Personal Pronouns, Possessive Adjectives: forms and usage; Vocabulary words about objects in the classroom and locations of the objects in the classroom.

    Chapter 2: Places and People - Talking about nationality and physical descriptions; How to pronounce long and short vowels; Simple Present Tense: forms and usage; Vocabulary words about nationality and physical appearance. 

    Chapter 3: Everyday Activities and Weekly Routines - Talking about daily activities and weekly routines; How to pronounce syllable stress and ending S sound; Present Progressive Tense: forms and usage; Vocabulary words about daily and weekly schedules, calendar, and activities.

    Chapter 4: Home and Workplaces - Describing homes and workplaces; Talking about jobs; How to say linking words and the contraction negative verbs; There is and There are: forms and usage; Singular and plural nouns: forms and usage; Vocabulary words about home, work, furniture, and jobs; Adjectives to describe homes and workplaces.

    Chapter 5: Food and Health - Talking about food, eating habits, good health, and lifestyles; Giving advice using should & shouldn't; How to stress focus words and compound nouns; The use of the Adverbs of Frequency: always, usually, often, sometimes, occasionally, rarely, never; Vocabulary words about vegetables, drinks, health, and medicine. 

    Chapter 6: Personal Information and Hobbies - Describing hobbies and discussing abilities with can and can't; How to produce intonation in yes/no questions and wh-questions; How to pronounce can and can't; The use of Can and Can't for ability, permission, and request; Vocabulary words about hobbies.

    Chapter 7: Shopping and Past Activities - Talking about past activities using the simple past tense; Describing places to shop and what is sold at department stores; How to pronounce ed-ending sounds in the past tense of regular verbs; How to pronounce the es endings; Simple Past Tense: forms and usage; Vocabulary words about hobbies and vacation.

    Chapter 8: Future Plans and Invitations - Interviewing people about their future plans; How to invite people to do something and how to politely accept or refuse an invitation; How to reduce words: gonna, hafta, wanna, kinda, sorta, lotsa; Simple Future Tense with Be-going-to and will: forms and usage; Vocabulary words for inviting people to celebrations.

    To the Students

    Welcome to Listening & Speaking for Beginning English Language Learners! This book is written to help you improve your listening and speaking skills. It will help prepare you for successful communication in English both inside and outside the classroom. It will also help enhance your vocabulary. This book contains eight units that will help you practice listening and speaking, pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. You will do the activities in the book with your teacher and your classmates. Happy Studying!

    To the Teachers

    Welcome to Listening & Speaking for Beginning English Language Learners! This is a textbook written for adult students at the high-beginning level. The book focuses on improving students’ oral communication skills, including listening and speaking, pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. The book is organized into eight chapters, and each chapter contains communicative and written exercises in these four skill areas.

    Using the Textbook

    The textbook can be used in the online format or printed out; however, the listening audio recordings are available in the online format only - no CD or tape available. Teachers have access to the answer key, which contains the scripts for the listening passages, as well as the answers to the student exercises. The textbook is designed to be followed in sequence from Chapter 1 to Chapter 8.