At the River presents a combination of interactive reading instructional techniques and sound ESL methodology to give low literate students a bridge to mainstream ESL textbooks. Each unit provides structured, scaffolded practice in writing and reading letters, letter combinations, words, sentences, and paragraphs. Clear illustrations reinforce both phonics and vocabulary for everyday situations. This effective, class-tested phonics and reading system enables even ESL teachers with no reading development training to teach nonliterate and semiliterate students how to read in English. A detailed teacher’s guide is available free of charge.
Shelley Hale Lee has been teaching for almost 20 years. Her ESL experience includes public schools and colleges in Budapest, Southern California, and North Carolina. She currently teaches ESL Beginning Literacy at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, N.C. She is a teacher trainer at the local and state levels specializing in literacy approaches for ESL emergent readers.