A Growing Collection of English Novel Studies for Young Learners from Spanish Countries

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“Mommmmmmmmmmmmmm! Do we have any pancakes?”

Done! These days I’ve been busy uploading novel studies from the Nate the Great series to my Teachers Pay Teachers store (fifteen so far). They are meant to be used with children learning English whose first language is Spanish. (Click on any of the images below to check them out). If you’ve ever visited my blog or store before you’ll know that I’ve had similar products in KoreanJapanese, and Arabic for a while now. The time seemed right to add a Spanish selection, which has probably got you wondering…

¿Hablas español?


Alas, no. Growing up in Canada I spent my school years in French immersion schools, also learning a touch of now forgotten German, and of course fifteen years acquiring Korean. The only Spanish I’ve ever known were the bits and pieces I occasionally picked up from watching Sesame Street and The Three Amigos as a child. Which is why it was so interesting to work on a translation project with two fellow foreign residents originally hailing from Venezuela and Columbia respectfully, also raising families here in South Korea. Spanish is awesome to listen to.

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Anyway, the booklets are very simple to use and are pretty moderately priced considering their usefulness and longevity. As for their contents, while reading a novel what are you going to want? Well, most teachers are going to need comprehension questions, probably some writing prompts related to the story, some quizzes, and maybe some projects, right? Ok, so these booklets will have you covered there, and then some. They also come with lists of key vocabulary words and their translations, which are also incorporated into the quizzes and final test. (Click here to check out my whole catalog of English novel studies for Spanish speakers.)

Whoa! Is including the students’ L1 really a good use of class time? Shouldn’t the children interpret the meaning of the text on their own? In my opinion, the answer to that question is a qualified yes and no. Obviously, we don’t want the students translating every word of the text. What would be the point of reading in English? But, in my experience, a few select translations can make the difference between a student understanding maybe 50% of the text and having a firm grasp of about 90% of it. It has worked for me. I bet it will help your students as well.

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Another reason I insist on providing translations is that some of my cleverest students will look up words at home whether I want them to or not – or maybe their parents will – with mixed results. Confronted with eight possible meanings, they more often than not choose the wrong one, confusing themselves in the process. At least this way I can ensure everyone is on the same page and don’t think duck means pato when it’s actually supposed to mean esquivar.

I’ll be adding new titles every month so come back often and check to see what’s available, or better yet click the green star at my store and get updates by email. I’m also looking for suggestions of new books to read. And if you do try something out and like it, please don’t forget to write a comment or two and earn yourself some TpT credits.

Remember, the first chapter of all my novel studies are available for free. I always want customers to know exactly what they’re getting. No surprises or catches. Anyway, that’s all for now.

Adiós

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A Growing Collection of ESL/EFL Nate the Great Novel Studies for Japanese Students

If you’re not in the know, Nate The Great is a pancake-loving, child super sleuth in the business of retrieving everyday items that have gone missing from his neighborhood. Supported by his pet dog and assistant Sludge, Nate and his motley crew of friends are entertaining for both children and adults.

I’ve recently combined my entire collection of Nate the Great novel studies into a single file that can be downloaded in one go. That’s fifteen out of a total of twenty-six novels, with more than one thousand pages of teaching supplements. At the price I’m charging it’s the equivalent of paying for ten books and getting five for free (as well as each of the remaining books that I’ll be adding over the next year).

You can see which titles are available below. Some are missing, but if you leave a message at my store or in the comments section below I’ll get to work on the book you need right away.

The novel studies below have been designed for use with students whose first language is Japanese, but this same bundle is available for Arabic, Korean, and Spanish speaking students. Click on any of the images below to check it out.




Nate the Great and the Sticky Case, an ELT Novel Study for Spanish Speakers

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Will Nate the Great ever find Claude’s missing dinosaur? Read Nate the Great and the Sticky Case to find out! 

This English novel study is designed specifically for use in the ESL/EFL classroom with Spanish speaking young learners in mind. Meticulously crafted and easy to use for both teachers and students, this comprehensive booklet will absolutely enhance your teaching experience. It’s classroom tested, and it works.

This novel study is also available for students whose first language is Japanese or Korean.

For more focused and useful lessons, it divides the novel into four easy to teach sections:

  • Section 1: p.7-17
  • Section 2: p.18-27
  • Section 3: p.28-37
  • Section 4: p.38-48

Each section includes:

  • comprehension questions about the story with space for students to answer in full sentences;
  • a creative writing assignment where students can express their opinions about topics related to the text;
  • a vocabulary list with Spanish translations of key words to save on dictionary time and reduce confusion about meaning;
  • a word search puzzle for students to enjoy some quiet time to familiarize themselves with the vocabulary;
  • a sequencing worksheet where students can identify the different components of the story; and
  • a chapter quiz so you can assess your students’ comprehension of the text and vocabulary.

There are also:

  • crossword puzzles;
  • a clue log;
  • a make-your-own word search puzzle worksheet;
  • a make-your-own crossword puzzle worksheet;
  • a comic strip project;
  • an illustrator worksheet;
  • a summarizer worksheet;
  • a prediction worksheet;
  • a final test;
  • a book cover project; and
  • a book report assignment.

Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt, an ESL/EFL Novel Study for Japanese, Korean, or Spanish Speakers

Here’s a scenario: Halloween is fast on its way and you need to teach a spooky book with your ESL/EFL students. You’re not sure what to do. Well, why not spend the holiday reading Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt with your young learners? This children’s thriller will keep you on your toes as young super-sleuth Nate seeks out a lost cat on the scariest day of the year.

You might also want to think about trying The ESL Review’s novel study for this book. It has been expressly designed for teaching Nate the Great and the Hallloween Hunt to young learners whose first language is something other than English – like Japanese, Korean, or Spanish.

It’s classroom tested, and it works.

A Growing Collection of ESL/EFL Nate the Great Novel Studies for Korean Students

If you’re not in the know, Nate The Great is a pancake-loving, child super sleuth in the business of retrieving everyday items that have gone missing from his neighborhood. Supported by his pet dog and assistant Sludge, Nate and his motley crew of friends are entertaining for both children and adults.

I’ve recently combined my entire collection of Nate the Great novel studies into a single file that can be downloaded in one go. That’s fifteen out of a total of twenty-six novels, with more than one thousand pages of teaching supplements. At the price I’m charging it’s the equivalent of paying for ten books and getting five for free (as well as each of the remaining books that I’ll be adding over the next year).

You can see which titles are available below. Some are missing, but if you leave a message at my store or in the comments section below I’ll get to work on the book you need right away. 

The novel studies below have been designed for use with students whose first language is Korean, but this same bundle is available for Japanese speaking students, while bundles for Spanish and Arabic should be available later this month. Click on any of the images below to check it out.

Nate the Great ESL/EFL Novel Study Worksheets for Spanish or Arabic Speakers

They’re here! For a couple of years now I have been making ELT novel studies available to teachers working with children whose first language is either Korean or Japanese – and so far, the response from users has been great. Starting this week I’ll start publishing those same novel studies and uploading them to my store on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Reading comprehension questions, creative writing, vocabulary, sequencing, quizzes, puzzles, and projects – these downloadable booklets include almost everything you’d need to teach these books.

Click on any of the images below to see for yourself: