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Rising Stars

Rising Stars is a series of fun, colourful, and interesting books for very young learners of English.

The series consists of six books containing language that young learners can use to explore and interact with the world around them, guiding them on their first steps on the road towards speaking English.

Rising Stars introduces English through a series of relatable topics to create an engaging, progressive course that covers basic vocabulary, grammar, phonics, maths, and inter-personal skills.

Each Rising Stars pack consists of stimulating illustrations, songs, chants, role-play activities and playing cards. These provide plentiful opportunities for students to learn, both in the classroom and at home.

Rise to the top with Rising Stars.

Key Features of Rising Stars

  • ideal for Very Young Learners (age 4 to 6)
  • modern methodology
  • high-interest, age-appropriate situations
  • replicates full-day kindergarten programs in less time
  • focus on age-appropriate core language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing
  • integrates maths and character development

SPEC

SPEC is a nine-level Primary English course for Young Learners. Each level consists of a Student’s Book, a Workbook, a CD, and a Super Skills Book.

The series is designed to introduce and practice key vocabulary, situational language in use, and grammatical structures that are needed for children to move from primary level through to Junior High School level of language ability.

Language is introduced through comic strip dialogues and varied communicative activities, which lead to strong, fluent and accurate speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

The Workbook and Super Skills reinforce reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary acquisition.

Key Features of SPEC

  • Tried and tested method
  • Covers all 4 major skills in a natural order: listening, speaking, reading, and writing
  • High interest topics and vocabulary
  • Illustrations easily relatable for children
  • Logical progression
  • Breaks learning into bite-sized, manageable chunks
  • Easy to check progress
  • Spiral learning
  • based on PPP Method

EXCEL

EXCEL is a series of English books best used for upper levels of Young Learners and Teens.

The Excel series is written for advanced elementary and secondary students and is ideal for students having completed the SPEC series. This series is designed to not only broaden students ‘vocabulary and grammar skills but also develop their functional language skills to allow for natural, fluent communication.

Students studying the EXCEL series will move beyond the practice of set question and answer patterns and will challenge them to freely use English in problem-solving, critical thinking and communicative activities. The Excel series engages the learner through interesting topics, dialogues, photos, and illustrations.

Key Features of EXCEL

  • Broadens vocabulary, expanding past key nouns, verbs, and adjectives to include functional words needed for natural, fluent communication.
  • Covers necessary grammar to comply with Common European Framework of References (CEFR) B1 level
  • Develops the four core language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • based on the ESA Method.

Crest Readers

Crest Readers are a series of supplemental materials that work with SPEC and EXCEL.

Crest Readers are a series of exciting and engaging readers for young learners of English. The stories provide enjoyable reading practice and include phonics, vocabulary, grammar, and comprehension activity pages.

The Readers are designed to run alongside the SPEC and EXCEL textbook series. The Crest readers provide an integrated review, grammar, and comprehension activities.

Key Features of Crest Readers

  • Combines colourful and attractive illustrations on each story page to aid understanding.
  • Includes a picture dictionary and audio CD with each reader.
  • Provides activity pages for in-class review or home study.

Shane Spelling Bee App

The Shane Spelling Bee App is a supplementary learning tool for Shane English School students. With all vocabulary words from all Saxoncourt Publishing young learners texts, the app provides a fun learning and review experience. 

Key Features of Shane Spelling Bee

  • Offers all content free to Shane English School students.
  • Provides leveled gameplay and engaging competition
  • Plays with multiple guides including audio, visual, and typographic cues.
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