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Not a Progressive Classroom Text
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.