Happy House is a "story-based course for young children with very little or no previous experience of English". Emphasizing the receptive and productive areas of listening and speaking, the curriculum of Happy House 1 is divided into seven units, each of which is broken down into five lessons that follow the same structure. Happy House 2 follows the same structure, including six units and two supplemental holiday plays. The authors elaborate on the lesson structure in the introduction to the Teacher's Edition. Each lesson has five steps: introduction, presentation, exploitation, practice and individual activities.
In Happy House 1, the teachers are primarily modeling basic vocabulary and phrases. Teachers elicit student responses through pointing to pictures and repetition. The use of consistent picture support is congruent with the needs of beginning English language learners(ELLs). In addition, teachers are encouraged to bring in authentic items, such as birthday cards and photos of the children, which are known to be excellent ways at supporting ELLs in accessing content and information.
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