This book, Entry Point is a phonics orientated textbook for remedial students that need to
learn how to read English. The book goes step by step, using the same method as
Hickey. But the authors add sight words, to the lessons to facilitate the reading. Most
lesson introduce one new letter, except for the first lesson which teaches 3 letters.
In order to better teach the students, I would add the letter arch and the alphabet cards.
The letter arch is useful to teach the order of the letters in the alphabet.
One point about how the authors teach the students to read, is that they suggest that the
teacher read aloud the text before the students read it, I don't recommend this as these
type of students probably have very good memories and will memorize the text right
away. I would let the students grapple with the text first and correct only when absolutely
At the beginning of each lesson, I would add the alphabet arch, lower case letters and
upper case letters, then do the letter cards with the drawing on the back, but here I would
use the words that the books give in the word rose, then go through all the exercises in the
lessons. At the end of the lessons, if there is time, then I would do the games that are
described in the teacher's guide. One very good thing, is after a few lessons, there is a
quiz in the student's book. I would definitely have the students do the quiz as a self-check
on the student's own learning.
Rachael Alice Orbach - English teacher