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An ESL Picture Novel for English Language Learners
|Beginner, Intermediate ESL:
If a picture is worth a thousand words,
think what you can do with an ESL picture
novel that has 300 full-color illustrations!
The New Boy Is Lost! is more than a dramatic story with a picture for every sentence.
It's a "novel approach" to systematic language acquisition.
The New Boy Is Lost! Student Book
Lavishly illustrated with 300 full-color pictures by Loretta Lustig.
Woven throughout this dramatic novel based on
a real-life story are:
- essential first year vocabulary
- basic sentence structures: affirmative, negative, question;
simple past, present, future
- survival skills
- problem-solving skills
- themes of courage, persistence, and
ESL students of all ages
will identify with a 12-year-old newcomer
who worries about making friends and learning English
in an American school.
The new boy, Taro, meets Ramon, Jae Han, Lee, and Susan,
but no one speaks his language.
After school, Taro takes the wrong bus home and gets lost.
He knows only five words of English
and that his new home is near a big white gas station.
A rainstorm, and then the dark of night, add difficulty.
Parents, students, and the police conduct a city-wide
search for Taro, fearing the worst.
Taro draws on his inner reserves of courage to get
through the ordeal, and on his parents’ counsel to
keep himself safe.
For your entry-level ESL students,
The New Boy is Lost! is a 15-week ESL program.
Each chapter has a week’s worth of vocabulary, discussion,
and language practice and extension activities.
Beginning English language learners (even pre-literate students) will easily follow the story through the pictures.
While students are focusing on "What happens next?" they will be learning
- crucial aspects of street safety
and 500 basic words for
- family members
- school subjects
- descriptive adjectives
- action verbs
For your high-beginners and intermediate ESL students,
The New Boy is Lost! is a reader that stimulates
cathartic conversations about their own personal experiences
when they entered the United States.
Students will make comparisons of language and culture,
interview each other, and be guided to library research
and creative writing activities.
Grammar-through-discovery is supported by the text
written in short sentences with simple, natural language patterns.
Using this novel as a model,
beginning students can write their own picture stories
of their trip to the United States and their first days here.
The New Boy Is Lost! will provide much of the language and sentence
structure they’ll need in order to be successful,
and can "publish" their books for classmates to read.
For your advanced ESL students,
The New Boy Is Lost! illustrates the common elements of a novel:
You'll find much for your advanced ESL students to grow on--
whether it's writing their first book report,
writing the script for a drama to act out,
or creating their own sequel to The New Boy Is Lost!
The New Boy Is Lost! Student Book
5 or more, $10.00 each
The New Boy Is Lost! Teacher's Guide
and Activity Kit
A multitude of teaching opportunities are subtly embedded
in the novel, The New Boy is Lost! and you won't want
to miss them.
With The New Boy Is Lost! Teacher's Guide and Activity Kit,
turns into an entire ESL program.
Chapter-by-chapter tips for
- the development of vocabulary, suspense, and themes
- language-extension activities
- question banks at three levels
- 45 reproducible activity pages
The Teacher's Guide and Activity Kit helps you use
The New Boy Is Lost! with
- pre-literate and beginning ESL students
- intermediate ESL students
- advanced ESL
- multilevel ESL classes
- for evaluating ESL students' listening and comprehension skills
- beginning guided writing
- speaking and listening games
The New Boy Is Lost! Teacher's Guide includes activities for
- cooperative learning
- creative writing projects
- literature discussions
- and much more.
What educators are saying about The New Boy is Lost! :
I couldn't put it down!
-- Ellen Menassa, ESL Teacher, Ridgewood, NJ
The kids loved the book! I use it every year, and the students write their our own books after that.
-- Debbie Dewees, North Brunswick Middle School, NJ
...Thoroughly delightful, relevant to the ESL students' lives, and a wonderful textbook...It successfully combines theory with practice...Easily adapted to the multi-level classrooms in which most ESL teachers work.
-- JoAnn Robisheaux, Ph.D., Dept. of Teacher Education, Southeastern Louisiana University
The New Boy Is Lost! Teacher's Guide and Activities Kit
The New Boy is Lost! Audio Compact Disk or Cassette
A dramatic reading of the novel by the author with sound effects and music.
The New Boy Is Lost! Audio CD
The New Boy Is Lost! Audio Cassette