Comment: My wife speaks Chinese, but understands English. I used your book to teach her to read. I am not a teacher, but I became one by following your book directions one by one, in the order you wrote them (as you told me to do when we spoke on the phone). It was easy and didn’t take her long to learn.
Lorraine’s Response: A major key in your comment is “she understands English”. That needs to occur first if possible. It takes much longer to teach both understanding and learning English at the same time. I do just that, however. I’ll share this story. This activity was a good one for bonding with my student and motivating her. My 11 year old student was mainly a visual learner, so I used objects for her to name first. When those were well learned, I used written-on-card sight words to put with the objects in left to right order on a table. Such as: This is a dog (object). This is a dog and a cat (objects). The (object) goes to you. Then I wrote the object’s names, and inserted them in the sentence. Soon my student liked to make her own sentences with the words and objects. Naturally, gestures are important, having her repeat after me. She was allowed to take the objects and cards home, and soon began inserting her own objects into sentences. After that she was motivated to learn more, so we started with the alphabet assessment, and moved on through the lessons.
You Can Teach Someone To Read is a how-to step-by-step reading program that presents you, a reader, with the ability to teach a child, teen or adult to read. You do not need a teaching background in order to use this program.