Setting out Setting out is a new English language course, in four parts, specially written for young learners in Georgian schools. Parts 1, 2 and 3, for the first three years of English, are now available and Part 4 is planned for July 2011.
Students’ materials for each year consist of a Student’s Book and a Workbook, which together provide approximately 100 hours’ work, in class or at home. For the teacher there is a Teacher’s Book for each level and CD and cassette recordings of all the words and texts used for listening and pronunciation practice as well as, for level 1, songs and rhymes. The materials for the first year course also include picture posters and picture + word cards (flashcards), especially useful for teaching everyday vocabulary.
Tatiana Bukia has a long experience of writing successful textbooks for Georgian schools, while Barrie Watson has written several school English textbooks in other countries and, since 1997, has been closely involved in all aspects of the teaching, learning and testing of English in Georgian schools.
As Setting out demonstrates, we are both intimately aware of the problems of teaching English in Georgian schools, but we are also aware of what Georgian children find motivating and how they like to learn.
This 4-year course is for children learning English as a first foreign language in junior schools. It therefore covers levels 1 – 4 in junior schools, or the first four years of English.
The language and the situations in this course are most relevant to children between the ages of 6 - 8 (Part 1) and 9 - 11 (Part 4).
Children who complete the 4-year Setting out course can be expected to reach level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and to show many of the features of the A2 level.
Why Setting out is best for Georgian children
1. They learn how to say in English what they say every day in Georgian.
2. They learn to speak and write about situations which are familiar to them.
3. They learn the language that is most commonly used by all young native speakers of English.
4. The topics are what every English speaking kid in the world enjoys and talks about.
5. They have ample opportunities for having fun in class.
6. They can take part, from the beginning, in real conversations, as well as ‘reciting’ dialogues.
7. They learn fast and easily through being actively engaged in the activities.
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