Hands-On English: When English Poses a Special Problem
For many people, English poses special problems.
These might be people with dyslexia or another
specific language disability, people learning
English as their second language (ESL) either in their
homeland or as immigrants to an English-speaking
country, or people who have struggled with English
for decades because the language was not a priority
for them in their youth.
Some features of Hands-On English make it
especially helpful to these people, once they have a
functional everyday vocabulary and basic reading
Since the book contains only the information
about English that is most likely to be
needed, the book is not intimidating.
Explanations are short, making information
easy to find and understand.
Icons for parts of speech, and illustrations
that reinforce other content in the book,
present information visually so that
dependence on words is minimized.
Word parts included in the vocabulary section
provide the key to unlocking thousands of
words the first time they are encountered.
These word parts can also aid spelling since
students will be spelling by meaningful units
rather than by individual letters.
have been developed to show how the Hands-On English program meets English Language Development (ELD) and
English Language Arts (ELA) standards in California. Even people in
other states may find this information helpful.
Comments About Hands-On English
"The book's use of simple line drawings, large
amounts of white space, and frequent bold headings
make an often-feared subject seem less intimidating.
. . . Hamilton answers just about any question a
student could have about grammar or writing, and she
does so in an easy-to-use format."
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