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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

GIFT OF
GINN & CO.
DEC 11 1930

COPYRIGHT, 1922, BY
AMERICAN BOOK COMPANY
All rights reserved

LAIDLEY'S OUR ENGLISH, BOOK ONE

E. P. I

MADE IN U. S. A.

PREFACE

Our English deals with language as a living, growing thing. It aims to stimulate in children a desire to speak and to write; it points out the way to clear expression; and it suggests situations that are actual realities to children.

Teachers often find difficulty in unifying the diverse lines of activity in the course in English and in giving the proper emphasis to each subject. The material in this book is so grouped that one topic reinforces another. An organic unity in each chapter gives a unity of impression that makes the teaching effective and lasting.

Attention is directed to the following features of Book

One:

1. Progression-Beginning with easy oral composition, copying, dictation, and interesting language games in Part One, the book proceeds by regular steps to more difficult composition.

2. Oral and Written Composition - The book strongly emphasizes oral composition. Not only are stimulations and situations requiring oral composition freely provided, but definite directions for preparation to speak are given. Before pupils are asked to write original compositions, the thought is developed through oral composition; and by means of copying and dictation the essentials of the mechanics of writing are taught.

3. Sentence Study and Technical Grammar - From the beginning, pupils are taught to speak in complete sentences. Later the parts of the sentence are studied; and in the latter part of the book a simple treatment of the parts of speech is presented. Thus the sentence sense is developed both through use and through understanding. The technical grammar, however, is subordinated to actual use of language in speaking and in writing.

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