Textbook: Speak Out in English

Text - $20.00
Teacher's Guide - $10.00
Accompanying audio cassette (2 tapes) or CD with dialogues and exercises - $10.00 each

A 315-page book organized around eight real-life topics:

  • Getting to Know You
  • Weather and Time
  • The Classroom
  • Employment
  • Health
  • Family
  • Community
  • Civics

Hogar Hispano’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Department proudly presents its very own textbook for beginning students! After ten months of hard work, ESL staff members Sally O’Dwyer, Alan Stafko, Justine Autry, and Pat DiCerbo wrote, illustrated, and published Speak Out in English. Hogar Hispano wanted to have a book that was uniquely aligned with its teaching philosophy – a non-threatening, student-centered approach that focuses on survival skills for adult immigrants in the Washington, D.C., area. Because most ESL books do not comprehensively embrace this approach, Hogar Hispano decided to take the leap and create its own.

The title of the book reflects its dual purpose: to encourage students not only to learn English but also to feel comfortable using the language in daily situations and to advocate for themselves. It is a content-based curriculum with real-life activities for every lesson. Approximately 1,000 students at 22 teaching sites across the diocese are learning how to:

  • Read a Virginia bus schedule
  • Call 911
  • Fill out an application for a grocery store discount card
  • Gain access to social services in Northern Virginia
  • Apply for a job
  • Ask for directions
  • Open a bank account

Hogar Hispano’s faithful volunteer teachers benefit from the new book as well. The user-friendly Speak Out Teacher’s Guide gives step-by-step suggestions on how to use every worksheet in the student book.

For more information on Speak Out in English, please contact Hogar Hispano at 703-534-9805 or awhite@ccda.net.



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