In my previous post, I had said that our teachers did not use a specific textbook. They just gave random copies coming from different sources. So I decided to get a text book on my own so I could progress somehow with organization. I was hoping to build a strong foundation in learning Swedish (of which I don’t think I have right now). Anyway, I got this book from the library called “RIVSTART”.
Rivstart is an SFI book which uses the method of integration. That is the reason why I like this book. The book is designed to integrate all the language skills in one chapter. For instance, one chapter has listening, speaking, writing, comprehension that is based on one topic. As a teacher myself, I believe in the integration method and I quite use in often when I teach. I still believe in the method although at times, it is not applicable, but most of the time it is evert effective. The good thing about this integrated book is organization especially if you are doing self-study. I used it for self study so that means the conversation or speaking skill could not be executed. The other skills –listening, writing, reading and comprehension is tapped. Very good!
As what language textbooks should be, Rivstart also follows the “thematic” contents. I just appreciate this! This was very helpful for me because of the randomness of material I get from SFI. Can you imagine today they give us something to read about a woman who wanted to jump off the window and the next day, without any association, we read another story of the buying a house. So I go to school and I have no idea what we will read or talk about on that day! It was too random but this book helped me because of the organized theme.
Theme : Food
Reading: Conversation on Ordering a Restaurant
Listening: Couples deciding which restaurant to eat.
Vocabulary : Useful phrases in restaurant situations
So this book does not SHOCK the students. It did not shock me! It does not go out of the topic. The topics too are very practical — restaurant, work, free time and ect. This plus grammar points are direct.
So I would recommend this book. Highly. I am almost done with this book but I am planning to do a review. This also comes with a workbook but I have not looked at it yet.