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Learning and Teaching English through the Bible: A Pictorial Approach
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2012
I have done a lot of ESL teaaching in Thailand and struggle especially when my student has zero English background; I have yet to see a circulumn that will work in this way! As a second-language learner myself I know how much better pictures work to build the base of language - the fall-back is typically reverting to explaining in the learners native language, and that method doesn't stick like making images in the brain that then get attached to words.

I fully expect to write another review of success. But the best part is the God-centered, solid bible teaching that is used to teach English! May many grow in love for God; may many become worshippers through this book! Which is even better than mastery of Eglish!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2013
The author obviously put a lot of time and effort into this book. The pictures and printing quality are very good. However, I don't believe this is a book that a teacher would want to work through progressively with students. The level of the content on the pages is very inconsistent throughout. For example, page 66 covers transitive and intransitive verbs, while page 191 finally introduces "survival English" such as "please," "thank you," and "Excuse me." Some of the grammar explanations in the book get very technical and complicated- I am a certified ESL teacher but was unfamiliar with some of the terms used.

This book may work as a grammar reference for advanced ESL students, if the teacher wants to pick and choose pages to use in class. Also, some of the basic vocabulary pages could be used with beginning level students, but you would have to be careful not to confuse or discourage them with the more difficult content.

In general I did not care for the presentation of the Biblical content, as it seemed to jump back and forth between stories in the Old and New Testaments. However, there were a few pages that I did like, that seemed at an appropriate level for ESL students. I liked the story of the Good Samaritan on pg. 71 and the attributes of God on pg. 128. I suppose some of the Biblical content could be used as a reference for students, when level appropriate.

My favorite part of the book is the last section, written for teachers, with various classroom activities. There's a lot of good ideas here that I think would go over well in the classroom.

My suggestion for an ESL teacher looking to incorporate Biblical content into an ESL class would be to make use of some great resources in the students' native language, such as the film "The Hope" or "The Jesus film." Also, bilingual Bibles can be used in an ESL class as a great way to help students understand the Bible in their native language.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2013
Not only is this book beautiful, like a piece of art, it has so much value! It is a one of a kind resource. Using the Bible and pictures to teach English is an amazing way to help people learn the language and learn about the Bible, God's word. I'm looking forward to taking this book with me to Kenya this month, and sharing it with the teachers at the school where I will be volunteering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2013
I expect to use in bilingual Bible class with Hispanic ESL students. Hopefully, I'll learn Spanish while studying Romanos with them.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2013
The book is a professionally constructed book to help aid in teaching English, all the while teaching the student about the most valuable thing that they could ever learn about.. Jesus Christ! No hesitation in buying this book!
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on October 6, 2013
I like the way it teaches the parts of speech to foreigners, especially the prepositions and pronouns. A great way to teach the Bible, too.
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