An English As A Second Language (ESL) Textbook That’s Interactive & Fun  
Building Blocks of English (building grammar and conversation skills) teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) by teaching the structure of English and then having the students practice making dialogs, and then conversations, by interchanging the parts of the structure.  By doing this, students are able to build countless sentences from the vocabulary they know, and then limitless conversations from the sentences they constructed.  For example, consider these three sentences:
I played yesterday. She studied last night. They worked two days ago.
If a student only memorizes these three sentences, his/her English ability would only consist of three sentences.  However, if the student knows that the subjects (I, she, they), the verbs (played, studied, worked), and the time phrases (yesterday, last night, two days ago) can be interchanged, that student’s English language ability immediately jumps to 27 sentences.
I played yesterday.
I studied yesterday.
I worked yesterday.
I played last night.
I studied last night.
I worked last night.
I played two days ago.
I studied two days ago.
I worked two days ago.

She studied last night.        
She worked last night.
She played last night.
She studied two days ago.
She worked two days ago.
She played two days ago.
She studied yesterday.
She worked yesterday.
She played yesterday.

They worked two days ago.
They played two days ago.
They studied two days ago.
They worked yesterday.
They played yesterday.
They studied yesterday.
They worked last night.
They played last night.
They studied last night.

As more words and their placement are learned, the ability to create more sentences increases exponentially.

The way that Building Blocks of English teaches the structure of English is also important.  Building Blocks of English uses pictures and minimal text to teach the structure of English.  This way, the student visualizes, thinks about, then internalizes what is being said and doesn’t just memorize endless sentences.

Building Blocks of English’s format is easy to follow!
Grammar Explanation
Each chapter starts with 2-3 pages explaining the grammar in the chapter. The grammar is explained concisely and presented visually in gray boxes.

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Dialog Practice with Pictures
The next 8 pages or so in each chapter are the dialog practices with pictures. Each dialog practice starts with the full text of the dialog above accompanying pictures. The students use these dialogs and pictures as a guide to help them make similar dialogs with the remaining pictures (which have minimal text) while the teacher goes around the class and checks the students’ grammar and pronunciation.

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Games and Activities

After each dialog practice, there is a game or activity specifically designed to reinforce the grammar that was just studied. The games and activities can be adjusted to suit the teacher’s class.  The games and activities are designed for the students to have some fun while they are learning the grammar and the teacher doesn’t have to spend time searching for appropriated activities for the lesson.

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Reading and Writing

At the end of each chapter, there is a reading page. The reading page contains a short story, which utilizes the grammar of that chapter. Under each story is a picture of the story, and below the picture are questions about the story. After the students read the story, have them answer the questions on their own, with their partner, in a group,as a class, or as homework. 
A good technique for practicing English is to have the students retell the story by covering up the text portion and only looking at the picture to tell the story. They don’t have to retell the story exactly as it is written, but they should be able to relate what the story is about.
At the bottom of the reading page, there is a writing assignment, which can be done in class or as homework.


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Real Life Situations

At the end of each chapter, except for Chapter 1, there is the “Real Life” page.  The Real Life page introduces more vocabulary, has role plays based on the vocabulary, and has discussion based on the role play.

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